Buttermilk Sandwich Bread

This buttermilk sandwich bread is a classic recipe that turns out tender bread, perfect for toast, sandwiches, bread pudding, and beyond.

A partially sliced loaf of buttermilk sandwich bread on a wooden cutting board with a bread knife lying beside it.

This buttermilk sandwich bread has an ever so slight tang and an almost cake-like in texture and toasts amazingly. It’s also ideal for, natch, sandwiches of any sort.–Renee Schettler

Buttermilk Sandwich Bread

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  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • Makes 1 large loaf
5/5 - 1 reviews
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Butter a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan.

In a small saucepan, heat the buttermilk and butter over medium heat until it registers about 130ºF(54°C) on an instant-read thermometer. Remove from the heat.

In a stand mixer fit with the flat beater, mix together 1 1/2 cups of the flour, the sugar, wheat bran (if using), salt, and yeast on low speed just until combined. Add the warm buttermilk mixture and mix until all the ingredients are smooth and combined. Add the egg and continue beating for 1 minute.

Add the remaining 1 3/4 cups flour and continue mixing for 5 minutes. The dough will be sticky and will not come away from the sides of the bowl. Scrape the dough into the prepared pan and brush the top with the melted butter.

Cover the pan loosely with waxed paper and let the dough rise to within 1 inch of the top of the pan, about 25 minutes. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat it to 375ºF (190°C).

Bake the loaf until the top feels firm and is lightly browned, about 40 minutes.

Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn out onto the rack and let cool completely before slicing into roughly hewn hunks or slender sandwich slices. Originally published September 8, 2011.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

Wow. This may become my new basic bread recipe. I’m terrible with yeast breads, so I tend to stay away from them. I’ve made no-knead breads, but sometimes you want a soft, tender sandwich loaf. This is that loaf! It’s like the love child of a traditional sandwich bread and a no-knead bread—no kneading but also no waiting all day for the rising and proofing stages.

Mixing the dough for 5 minutes is crucial to its success. I could visibly see the difference in the dough from when I started compared to after the 5-minute period. The recipe says you’ll have a batter but mine was more like a very soft dough. I think with some practice, you could shape it or form little buns.

Also, watch your dough during the first rise! I left my first loaf alone for 40 minutes and came back to find the dough billowing out of the pan (I poked it back to deflate it a little and then baked it and it was no worse for wear). I also started checking the loaf after 30 minutes of baking and found 35 minutes to be my sweet spot.

It made great toast. I love this bread—the crust is soft, the crumb is tender, and the flavor has a hint of tanginess from the buttermilk.

I love the idea of making homemade sandwich bread but it always seem to involve too much time and then the bread disappears so quickly. Luckily this recipe comes together easily and in the blink of an eye. The results are delicious.

The buttermilk adds a nice tang that give it much more flavor than store-bought white bread. I can see myself making this all the time.


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  1. This bread is so good! I love to bake but breads have never been my expertise. This recipe really is no-fail. It was so easy to make and fast (for bread) – enough so that I can’t imagine buying bread again. I highly recommend trying this – especially if you’re intimidated by bread making.

  2. If I use dry active yeast for this recipe would the single 25 minute rise give the bread sufficient rise?, if i combine the active yeast with the sugar, warm buttermilk & butter 1st to activate?

  3. Found your website and just died! JUST DIED OF EXCITEMENT, THAT IS! I made my first Italian loaf and well…died, it was soooo good! One of my dogs thought so too, she ate the heel of the loaf I was about to eat but stepped away from the coffee table, came back it was gone, and I was so UNFULFILLED!!!! It was like getting dressed with out one pant leg UGH!!!! I’m still upset. Anyway the reason why I am writing you, how can I store some of the sandwich breads for more than two days. My parents go through bread like AIR and I would like to knock out a few loafs a day and store them for a week or so, like I do with store-bought. ‘Cause I’m telling you, $60 a month just on bread is nuts! Did I say how much I love this site! Ciao bello!

    1. Hah! I know that pain of having the dog snitch the last of what you expected to savor. Lisa, welcome to Leite’s! And what a lovely message, many thanks for taking the time to let us know how helpful this bread recipe is for you!

  4. Very little work and time – big reward! The bread made great sandwich bread with a nice, tight crumb. The buttermilk is a must – don’t substitute.

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