Classic White Sandwich Bread

With step by step pictures and some great tips, easily learn how to make a simple white sandwich bread. The loaf bakes nice, tall and incredibly soft and fluffy with a hearty texture! There's something fantastic about a great piece of freshly baked bread, whether you are making a grilled sandwich, or simply toasting it!

One of the most important steps in bread making is to have a good quality yeast and following the directions for properly blooming it.

Making a bread requires very few and simple ingredients like flour,yeast,milk/water, sugar and salt.

Store bought bread has almost double the number of ingredients, many designed to increase shelf life.

You will be surprised how easy it is to make a bread with white soft interior and a golden crust! You will never go back to buying bread from the store.



Yield: One tall loaf.
Prep Time: 2 hours for prep and proofing
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes at 350F / 180F


1. If you are new to working with yeast make sure to read the instructions. ( I have used instant yeast )

2. Using bread flour results in better, softer bread.

3. Kneading is very important for proper gluten formation and texture of bread.

4. If you are hand kneading the dough, you might have to adjust the quantity of water a little bit.

5. Consistency of the dough, should be soft not stiff.

6. I have made this bread vegan but you can use milk to make the dough.

7. The quantity of sugar can be reduced to 1.5 tbsp ( I like my bread mildly sweet )


  • 4 cups bread flour

  • 1.5 cups warm water mixed with 1 tsp salt and 2-3 tbsp sugar

  • 1 packet instant active yeast ( I used Fleischmann’s rapid rise instant yeast )

  • 2 tbsp butter/oil/vegan butter

  • 1 tbsp Milk / plant based milk for brushing the top.

    The the bread loaf pan size I used is about 8" x 4"x 4" <link>


1. Place warm water in mixing bowl add salt and sugar, mix till they are dissolved

2. Add flour along with yeast to the water, turn the mixer on at speed 3 ( I have a  cuisinart stand mixer, please follow directions for your mixer ) until the dough comes together.

3. Continue kneading at speed 3 for 7-8 min. Add butter or oil in between. After 5-7 min the dough would be nice and stretchy.

4. Knead with hands too for a min or 2

5. Place the dough in a warm place and let it rise for 1 hour.  ( I used the instant pot at yogurt mode normal for 1 hour. )

After 1 hour the dough will have doubled in size.

Poke the dough down with your finger. If it doesn't come up that means it has proofed enough.

6.  Roll it out in a rectangular shape.

7. Roll from the longer side to make a log shape.

8.  Fold the ends in and place the dough in the bread pan. Cover with a cling foil and let it rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or till the dough has risen atleast one inch above the rim.

After 1 hour, the dough has risen very well

10.  Now brush the top with milk and bake at 350F / 180C for 30-35 minutes or till the crust is nice and golden.

11. After the bread is done, let it cool for a minute or two.

12. Take the bread out of the pan and brush the top with butter and cover from all sides for about 1/2 hour with a kitchen towel for a softer crust.

13.  Let the bread cool completely before slicing with a sharp bread knife.