This is the best chewy soft sandwich bread you’ll ever make. You don’t need a bread maker or crazy tools. It’s easy and fool proof.
4 cups of warm water
1/2 cup white sugar
4 tablespoons of active dry yeast*
1 tablespoon of salt
5 tablespoons of oil
lots of flour
*note: 1 packet of yeast = 2 1/4 teaspoons (double check your packet), so 4 tablespoons = 12 teaspoons = 5 packets
Put water, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Mix. Let set for 10 min. Yeast should foam.
Add salt and oil. Stir.
Start adding flour and mix with wooden spoon. You do not need to measure. You want a sticky ball to form. As the dough gets more tough, start using your hands. Roll onto countertop and start kneading the dough until it is smooth and into a ball. Add flour until the sticky feeling is gone. Roll into a ball and place dough in an oiled large bowl covered (I use a plastic bag) with a tea towel on top. Rest one hour.
Dough will double or triple in size.
Grease 4 bread pans (butter, cooking spray whatever you prefer)
Punch dough down, then flour surface of counter and pull dough on to it.
Don’t knead. Just shape it into a ball. Flour surface. Cut into four equal sections. Take a rolling pin and flatten each section (popping all air bubbles) and then fold the flat dough into itself and create a loaf. Place each one in its own bread pan.
Cover again and let sit for 30 min.
It will not double in size this time.
Place pans in cool oven and turn it on to 375 for 25 min. Take out and let cool (pop outside of Pan) brush tops with butter to help preserve.
This makes 4 loaves. Give one to a neighbor or friend.
Cinnamon Butter Recipe
1 stick of butter
1/4 c powdered sugar
1.5 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix together and blend well. I use room temperature butter because I like it really soft. Always make a double batch because everyone will want to eat it with a spoon 😉