This buttermilk sandwich bread is a classic recipe that turns out tender bread, perfect for toast, sandwiches, bread pudding, and beyond.
Buttermilk Sandwich Bread
- Quick Glance
- 15 M
- 1 H, 30 M
- Makes 1 large loaf
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.
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.