Sandwich Bread
  • 1½ cups warm whole milk (105° to 110°), divided
  • 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup plus 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted and divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, stir together ¼ cup warm milk and yeast. Let stand until mixture is foamy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add sugar, ¼ cup melted butter, eggs, salt, and remaining 1¼ cups warm milk, stirring to combine. With mixer on low speed, gradually add 5 cups flour, beating until smooth, about 2 minutes. Switch to the dough hook attachment. Beat until dough is stiff and slightly tacky, about 10 minutes, adding remaining 1 cup flour, if necessary.
  3. Lightly spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let stand in a warm, draft-free place (75°) until doubled in size, 1½ to 2 hours.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for 3 minutes. Return dough to bowl; cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  5. Spray 2 (9×5-inch) cast-iron loaf pans with cooking spray.
  6. Press down dough, and divide in half. Shape each portion into a 9-inch rectangle, and place in prepared pans. Brush top of loaves with remaining 2 teaspoons melted butter. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 400°.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°, and bake for 20 minutes more. Cover with foil, and bake until internal temperature registers 200°, about 20 minutes more. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
Store freshly baked loaves at room temperature in a resealable plastic bag for up to 3 days. Freeze tightly wrapped in plastic wrap in a heavy-duty resealable bag for up to 3 months. For easy use when frozen, slice loaf before before wrapping and freezing.
Recipe by Southern Cast Iron at