Making a sourdough soft sandwich bread took me so much time to learn. Finally, here is a great recipe that doesn’t involve too much skill or hands on time and provides a wonderful sandwich loaf. The combination of whole wheat and sourdough makes this one of my favorite sourdough bread recipes. It is great for beginners.
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- 6-7 cups flour
- 1 cup fed sourdough starter
- ½ cup melted butter
- 1 tablespoon salt
- ½ cup honey
- 1½ cups filtered water
- The night before you want to make your bread, combine the flour, starter, butter, salt, honey, and water in a stand mixer. Knead the dough with dough hook until it is stretchy (about 15 minutes). Add just enough flour so that it pulls away from the sides of the mixer. It will be between 6 and 7 cups. Add a little more water if it is too dry, or more flour if it is too wet.
- Place the dough in a greased glass bowl. Cover the dough with a wet tea towel and let it rise overnight, or up to 24 hours.
- After rising, divide the dough into two balls and place each one into a greased loaf pan. Allow it to double in size in a warm place. This will take anywhere from 4-12 hours.
- Bake bread for 30-35 minutes at 400 degrees.
You don't need a stand mixer for this, you can knead by hand. It will just take longer to knead.
Butter can be replaced with coconut oil.
Hard white wheat is my choice of grain to use for sandwich bread.
An Easy Sourdough Bread
When someone thinks of sourdough, they usually envision those gorgeous artisan sourdough loaves. While I envision those too, I just don’t have the time for that. An easy sourdough soft sandwich bread is what I was after. Unfortunately, I can’t remember where I originally found this sourdough recipe, which is a bummer because I’m sure they have more easy sourdough recipes! I have also made a few modifications from the original recipe I found. For instance, I use freshly ground flour, honey, and butter. While the original recipe did not.
If you have been on the hunt for an easy sourdough bread, look no further. Finally, you have found it! Your active sourdough starter will love this easy recipe.
Here’s a pro tip: even if it doesn’t turn out “pretty,” you can still eat it. Use it for croutons or for stuffing if you want to!
Tips For Making Sourdough Soft Sandwich Bread
- Feed your sourdough starter a couple hours ahead of time, making sure you have a happy mature active starter.
- Store bread in a cotton bag to keep longer. For longer storage, you can store in fridge or freezer.
- Einkorn flour works in this recipe as well!
Sourdough Soft Sandwich Bread Ingredients
- 6-7 cups flour: I use hard white wheat but all purpose flour, bread flour, or store bought whole wheat flour works too
- 1 cup fed sourdough starter
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 1/2 cups water
Sourdough Soft Sandwich Bread Instructions
- The night before you want to make the sourdough sandwich bread recipe, combine the flour, starter, butter, salt, honey, and water in a large bowl. Knead the dough with a dough hook on low speed until it is stretchy and passes the windowpane test. This will take between 10-15 minutes. You are looking for just enough flour that it is pulling away from the sides of the bowl. Do not add too much flour, you won’t get that fluffy bread you want.
- Place the dough in an oiled bowl for the first rise. I usually just keep mine right in the bowl of a stand mixer so I don’t dirty anymore dishes.
- Cover with a wet tea towel and do an overnight rise, or up to 24 hours.
- The next day, after rising, divide the dough into two equal parts. It is beneficial to let your dough rest here for 5-10 minutes, but you can skip this part if you have less time.
- Shape your sourdough dough into loaves. Place each one into a buttered bread pan seam side down.
- For the second rise, allow it to double in size in a warm place, covered with a damp kitchen towel. This will take anywhere from 4-12 hours. depending on your room temperature.
- Bake bread for 30-35 minutes at 400 degrees. You want a nice golden brown on your sandwich loaves. I like to brush butter on top of the loaf of bread but you could also do an egg wash on top of the dough before baking. Either is optional.
- Lastly, place on cooling rack for a little bit and enjoy your soft sourdough sandwich bread!
What do you do when you didn’t eat it fast enough and you no longer have soft bread? French toast!
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