Thrifty Homemade Sandwich Bread Recipe

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I’ve spent some time working on the perfect homemade sandwich bread recipe, and I think I’ve found it!

Winter in the Midwest means spending more time indoors (even snowed in at times), and that also means that I have more time for baking and all things domestic.  πŸ™‚

When we stay home, we always save more money.  That should be obvious, I guess, but I’m always astounded how little DIY projects and making more from-scratch recipes really makes a difference in our monthly budget.

Now, before you think I’m sitting here baking up a storm and homesteading on a regular basis – I’ll just say, this isn’t typical!  While I make most of our dinners from scratch, I don’t usually have time for things like making bread.

But during the winter months especially, I dig out this recipe and enjoy not only eating it (it’s delicious!) but saving some money as well.

So if you’re not-a-Martha-Stewart like me, you’ll appreciate the simplicity of this recipe.

Homemade sandwich bread recipe you can make for just pennies. #SandwichBread #BreadRecipe #Homemade

When I was pregnant with my son (almost 5 years ago, sniff sniff), I took the plunge into the work-from-home world and left my steady job at a law firm.  This change came with great freedom but also required us to cut back on spending drastically, as my new career paid significantly less.

(That’s a long story for another day, but it IS possible to work from home and make more than I did at that time.  I learned a lot in those first two years of freelancing.)

Anyhow, I remember stumbling across a recipe for homemade sandwich bread and decided I would try it out, mainly to save money.  Who doesn’t love homemade bread, anyhow?  I’ve modified this recipe over time through trial and error, so I can claim it, right?!  πŸ™‚

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Normally I buy wheat bread, so yes, in some ways this isn’t the healthiest option if healthy (or gluten-free!) is your goal.  But there is the benefit of knowing what’s in your food – and avoiding preservatives in store-bought sandwich bread.

One of the things I also love about making my own bread is that this bread costs me approximately $0.64/loaf to make.

It uses very simple ingredients, as you’ll notice, which is another plus when you’re stuck at home and may not have fancy stuff on hand like powdered milk and whatnot (popular in other homemade recipes.)

*Tip:  Buy yeast in bulk at your local health food store for best value.

I buy enough to fill a standard size mason jar and keep it in my freezer where it is generally good for up to a year.

 

Thrifty Homemade Sandwich Bread Recipe

Ingredients (*recipe card at the end of post)

β—‹  1 C. Hot Water

β—‹ 2 Tablespoons Sugar

β—‹  2 3/4 teaspoons yeast (*this is 1/2 tsp more than a standard one-use packet — another reason to buy in it in bulk.  It seems to rise more consistently when I use this amount.)

β—‹  3 cups all-purpose flour OR bread flour

β—‹  1/4 cup vegetable oil

β—‹  1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt

Directions

#1. Mix together the hot water (not scalding, but hot from the tap), sugar and yeast and stir.  Let sit for about 10 minutes, allowing the yeast to “bloom”.  See below.

Yeast - bloomed

#2.  Dump this mixture into a stand mixer and mix in the vegetable oil, salt and the flour, one cup at a time, using your dough hook.  Alternatively, you can use a hand mixer to combine the ingredients and then knead it by hand.  I’m terrible at kneading and have definitely gotten my money’s worth out of my stand mixer.

#3.  Continue mixing a few minutes until dough clings to the bread hook and doesn’t stick to the bowl.  Mix another 3-4 minutes after the non-sticky dough is formed.  (That’s a very technical baking term)  πŸ™‚

#4.  Remove dough from hook, place dough ball in a bowl and cover with a light kitchen towel.  Let rise in a draft-free area for approximately 1.5 hours or until the dough doubles in size.

#5.  Punch down, shape into an oval loaf-like shape and turn the seams under.  You can read tutorials on how to do this properly but I simply tuck the excess dough underneath the bottom of the loaf without using water to pinch the seams and it works just fine!

#6.  In a greased loaf pan, let dough rise a second time until almost doubled – approximately one hour.  See below.

Bread after 2nd rise

#7.  Bake approximately 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Finished Product:

Thrifty Homemade Sandwich Bread Recipe

Isn’t it beautiful??  Gosh, I seriously love how pretty baked bread looks on a platter.  But it tastes even better!

If you’re planning to slice it for sandwich bread, it works better if you wait until the next day.  It will be a little firmer and easier to slice.

That said, even straight out of the oven, it’s actually denser than most bread-machine recipes I’ve tried in the past that often have large air pockets/holes in the bread.

If you decide to make several batches of bread to freeze for later, I would recommend freezer bread bags like these and these clips are also really handy.

Drop me a note and let me know if you try this recipe – OR leave your favorite tips for saving money in the kitchen!

Thrifty Homemade Sandwich Bread

Prep Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2-3/4 tsp yeast (1 packet + 1/2 tsp)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour OR bread flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Mix together the hot water (not scalding, but hot from the tap), sugar and yeast and stir. Let sit for about 10 minutes, allowing the yeast to "bloom"
  2. Dump this mixture into a stand mixer and mix in the vegetable oil, salt and the flour, one cup at a time, using your dough hook. Alternatively, you can use a hand mixer to combine the ingredients and then knead it by hand
  3. Continue mixing a few minutes until dough clings to the bread hook and doesn't stick to the bowl. Mix another 3-4 minutes after the non-sticky dough is formed.
  4. Remove dough from hook, place dough ball in a bowl and cover with a light kitchen towel. Let rise in a draft-free area for approximately 1.5 hours or until the dough doubles in size.
  5. Punch down, shape into an oval loaf-like shape and turn the seams under.  
  6. In a greased loaf pan, let dough rise a second time until almost doubled - approximately one hour.
  7. Bake in loaf pan approximately 25 minutes at 350 degrees

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 220mg Carbohydrates: 26g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Protein: 4g

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26 comments on “Thrifty Homemade Sandwich Bread Recipe”

    • Thank you Kristin, you’re so kind! We love this recipe. I’m going to remember to make a double batch next time because it’s gone almost as soon as we take it out of the oven. πŸ˜‰

  1. Thanks for sharing! Long time bread baker wanna be here. I successfully made it! It was delicious and with my family of 5 it lasted about 5 min. Double batch next time for sure, lol.

    • Yay! Glad it turned out well – too well sounds like πŸ˜‰ I’m thinking about buying these bread pans for a longer but not-as-tall loaf. Maybe to make it last a little longer? I guess they would probably just eat twice as many slices though!

    • Hi there! Yes, the inspiration recipe for this one was a bread machine recipe. You just let the yeast bloom as in Step 1 and then dump that along with rest of ingredients into bread machine. It called for only 2-1/4 tsp yeast and 1 tsp salt. When I started making it in the kitchen aid, it wouldn’t rise consistently. But in the more temperature-controlled bread machine, the lesser amount of yeast and salt works well. Good luck!

    • I did substitute wheat flour a few times. If you only use wheat flour, it will be pretty dense and won’t rise much though. I believe I researched this a little and the recommendation was to use 1/2 wheat flour and 1/2 white flour (or bread flour), so try 1.5 cup of each. I am no bread expert, but I would probably add a tad more yeast too.

  2. Hi! I was wondering if you have tried substituting other types of oils or is it only vegetable oil that has the right consistency? I don’t normally keep vegetable oil on hand, my go to oils are canola, olive, and coconut. Thanks!

    • Hi Macanda! I have used canola oil before, no problem. A quick Google search is telling me that you should be able to substitute coconut oil easily by melting it first. You might notice the flavor a bit (but I love coconut so that wouldn’t bother me!) πŸ™‚ Let us know how it goes!

  3. Brandi, I tried this bread today. Found the recipe and your instructions very easy to follow. It’s the first time I made bread and am ecstatic about the result. So delicious and dense, even though I didn’t wait for the next day to cut it. And, it came out of the oven looking identical to your picture! Thanks very much! Maree

  4. I absolutely love homemade bread but haven’t had much luck finding a recipe I liked. Then I found yours on Pinterest & WOW!! It turned out absolutely perfect. My second loaf in three days is currently baking.

    • Hi there – I have not tried making multiple loaves at once. Mostly because I don’t think my stand mixer could handle all the dough! I have read up on this a little and it appears you can probably safely double the recipe at least – but no need to double the yeast. I would try about 3.5 to 4 tsp yeast? It would be a complete experiment since I’ve never tried it though! Good luck!

  5. When substituting oils do I use the same measurement? Was thinking olive oil since that’s a staple in our house! Thank you in advance.

    • From what I have read, yes, it’s a 1:1 substitution, however you might want to use an extra-light olive oil because the flavor is stronger and you might notice it in your bread. If you don’t mind an olive-y tasting bread, it probably doesn’t matter though πŸ™‚

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