Recently I decided to take on the challenge of making homemade sandwich bread, a real challenge, since most of my family has sandwiches for lunch every day. White Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread is a great recipe for those days when you just want fresh bread on hand. Mind you, it does take a little time, so save this baking project for a day when you are planning ahead for the rest of the week, or as a family project for the weekend. This recipe makes one loaf of thick, crusty bread that is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It pairs well with butter and jam for breakfast, makes an out of this world grilled cheese sandwich for lunch, or a bowl of soup/bisque for dinner (it is especially good with tomato bisque:) Don’t let the task of making bread from scratch daunt you! As soon as this bread makes your whole house smell like heavenly vapors, the work will be worth it. I can’t describe the smell of fresh bread, kind of buttery, a few earthy undertones, hearty, attractive, gentle, powerful, delicious…nutritious…irresistible…but who am I kidding? Enough talk, onto the recipe!
The Ingredients: 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, 1 to 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour, 1 cup warm water, 1 packet fast rise yeast, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 2 tsp. sea salt, 2 tbsp. vegetable oil.
In a small bowl, combine warm water and sugar, whisk until the sugar has dissolved completely. Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the sugar water and give it a quick stir. Let the yeast mixture sit for about ten minutes. When the time is up, whisk the oil into the yeast mixture. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the flour and salt. Using the dough hook, turn the mixer on low and slowly add the wet ingredients until fully incorporated. Mix on low speed until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a generously floured surface and knead by hand for one minute. Place the ball of dough into a well-oiled bowl and let rise in a warm place for one hour.
After the first rise, flatten the ball of dough into a disc and roll it into a log. Place the log of dough into a greased bread pan. Let the dough rise again in a warm place for thirty minutes. Preheat your oven to 360 degrees. When the time is up, bake your bread for 30-45 minutes, or until skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Serve warm with butter and desired toppings.:)