April’s Sweet Sandwich Bread

I have a very dear friend named April who is a veritable ninja in the kitchen. Truly, she’s my kitchen idol.

A while back the Jedi master herself shared with me one of her recipes. It was for Sweet Sandwich Bread and that bread is now a staple in my home. Store-bought loaves just don’t taste the same anymore.

April’s Sweet Sandwich Bread

2 c warm water
1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons instant yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups whole wheat flour
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Heat water to 110 – 120 degrees. Combine water, sugar and yeast in mixing bowl of a stand mixer and let sit until frothy, about ten minutes. Add remaining ingredients and run the mixer on low just until the dough is smooth and well combined. Longer kneading seems to make the bread crumbly. Dough will be slightly sticky.

Cover bowl and let rise until roughly doubled, about 45 minutes. Punch dough down. Divide in half, and shape each half into a loaf. You can roll it out then roll them up. I choose the lazy route and just sort of squash them into the bottom of a greased bread pan.

Set oven to 350 and let loaves rise again until roughly doubled. Bake about 30 minutes, until browned.
Cool a few minutes in pans, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack. This is much easier to slice the next day, so at this point I wrap and store it in the pantry or freezer.
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