Easily make fresh sourdough sandwich bread in your bread machine! No kneading, no babysitting the dough, the bread machine does all the work for you.
Light and airy with the perfect texture and crumb. This makes amazing sandwiches and toasts beautifully!
I read somewhere that bread machines are making a comeback. Well, for some of us, they never went away.
My bread machine gets used at least every couple of weeks, because this sourdough sandwich bread is our daily bread.
Now, I love a good crusty chewy sourdough bread above all things, but not for my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. For my every day lunch and breakfast toast, I want a good sandwich bread.
And this, my friends, is a very good sandwich bread!
Bread flour - bread flour has a higher protein content that helps support the gluten, which helps the bread rise.
Salt - I use kosher salt.
Yeast - yes you can make sourdough bread without yeast and when I am making a crusty loaf that proofs overnight in the fridge, I don't use yeast.
Sugar - I use unbleached cane sugar.
Milk - I use whole milk.
Butter - because butter makes everything better.
Sourdough starter - you want to use an active starter. I take mine out of the fridge the night before and feed it. The next day when I am ready to bake bread, it is active and bubbling.
Read the instructions on your bread machine, but most have you put the wet ingredients in first.
Place the milk and starter in the bread machine pan. Cut the butter into small cubes (I cut 2 tablespoons of butter into 8 cubes) and scatter them on top.
Even place the 3 cups of bread flour on top of the wet ingredients.
Using a spoon, make 3 indentations in the flour, this helps keep the yeast, salt and sugar separate.
I like to place the yeast in the middle and then the salt and sugar on the two sides.
Place the pan in your bread machine and set for regular white bread. If you're bread machine has a longer rising time setting you can use that to coax a little more sourdough flavor, but I usually just use the regular bread setting.
When the bread machine beeps, open the bread maker and take out your bread.
Remove it from the pan and let it cool on a wire rack.
Note - this makes a medium sized loaf. You can see that sometimes the dough ball gets a little uneven and one size is a little higher than the other. This doesn't bother me, but if it does you, as soon as the bread machine finishes kneading, you can open it up and press the dough out a little more evenly.
This bread comes out beautifully every time. With the butter and the milk, it's a more rich sourdough bread.
The sourdough flavor is not that pronounced in this bread because it doesn't get a long rest, it's used more to add lightness and it helps keep the bread fresher longer!
This bread is great for sandwiches, toast and anytime you want a yummy slice of bread. I brush slices of it with olive oil and sprinkle with my Carraba's Bread dip seasoning and broil - so good with pasta or a salad!
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Sourdough Sandwich Bread
- Place the milk, starter and then the butter cubes in the bread machine pan.
- Evenly place the 3 cups of flour over the liquid ingredients.
- Using a spoon, make three small wells in the flour and place the sugar, salt, and yeast each in one of the indentations.
- Place in the bread machine and choose regular white bread.
- When the machine beeps (mine takes 3 hours and 50 minutes) carefully pull out the pan (it's hot!) and remove the bread.
- Let cool on a wire rack before slicing.