Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Golden Sandwich Bread

As mentioned in this recipe, this bread is indeed a good bread for toast, sandwiches, and French toast. It is even delicious on its own and un-toasted. As said, this bread is indeed golden in colour and its smell alone can makes us salivate when it was baking in the oven. It is brioche-tasting and yet soft, spongy and less guilty to indulge.

This bread recipe is from the book, Bread by Nick Malgieri. I must thank my two baking buddies, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Lena, from Frozen wings for suggesting this recipe to me because my family and I really enjoy eating it. Lucky that I can predict that this is going to be a good recipe and baked two loaves according to the exact quantity mentioned in the recipe. We ate one loaf when it was freshly baked and froze the other one for later use. The frozen ones were eventually thawed and consumed as toast. They were very light and crispy when toasted. Yum!

Before proceeding onto the recipe, here are a few tips to share about baking this bread:
This recipe yields a sticky dough and so it is best to mix and knead using an electric mixer or a bread-maker.

  • Try to resist using too much flour while shaping the dough into loaf as the increase of flour content might toughen the texture of the finishing breads.
  • Use a 21 cm x 11 cm baking tin to bake your loaf. I baked one of mine in a slightly smaller tin and it looks like a balloon baking in such a small tin.
  • This recipe uses three fermentation steps but I did mine in just two and it still works... 
soft fluffy sandwich bread
Cottony soft golden sandwich bread
Making my bread using bread-maker
The breads rose very nicely after their final proving and baking.
Mum, are we baking a balloon? - To avoid this comment, use the right baking tin. LOL!
soft fluffy sandwich bread
Buttery soft bread... Yum!

Here's the recipe from the book, Bread by Nick Malgieri
(with my modification and notes in blue)

Makes two 9-inch loaves

800g bread flour
30g sugar
170g room-temperature tap water, about 75°F
3 tsp active dry or instant yeast
1 cup or 225g whole milk, scalded and cooled
(replaced with 30g milk powder and 250ml water)
3 large eggs at room temperature
60g butter, cut into 8 pieces and softened
18g fine sea salt (reduced to 10g)

Two 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pans, buttered and the bottoms lined with parchment paper
(I have one 10 cm x 20 cm loaf pan and one 11 cm x 21 cm loaf pan, both buttered but didn't line them with any baking paper)

1. Combine the flour and sugar in a large bowl and set aside.

2. Pour the water into the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk in the yeast. Wait 5 mins, then whisk again. Whisk in the cooled milk and eggs.

3. Use a large rubber spatula to stir the flour mixture into the liquid a little at a time, stirring to combine between additions.

4. Place the bowl on the mixer with the dough hook and scatter pieces of butter on the surface of the dough; mix on the lowest speed for 1 min. Stop the mixer and let the dough rest for 15 min.

5. Increase the speed to medium, sprinkle in the salt, and beat the dough until it is smooth and elastic, for 2- 3 mins longer. Scrape the dough into an oiled bowl and turn it over so that the top is oiled. Cover with plastic wrap and let ferment until almost doubled in bulk, about 45 mins.

Note: For step 1-5, I've used a bread-maker instead of the electric mixer. I've placed all my ingredients into my bread-maker and use "dough" setting to knead and prove the dough for 1 hr. 

6. Invert the dough to a lightly floured work surface. Flatten the dough to a disk. Fold the two sides in to overlap at the middle, then roll the top toward you all the way to the end, jelly-roll style. Invert, flatten, and repeat. Return the dough to the bowl (oil the bowl again if necessary), cover, and let ferment until fully doubled, 30-45 mins. Note: I've skipped step 6.

7. Invert the dough to a floured work surface and shape it into a rough square. Use a bench scraper to cut the dough into 2 equal rectangles, each about 715g. Pull the narrow ends of 1 rectangle of dough outward to widen. From one of the wide ends fold the sides in about 1 inch or so, then roll down from the top as for turning the dough. Drop the roll into one of the pans, seam side down. Repeat with the second loaf and pan.

8. Cover with oiled or sprayed plastic wrap and let the loaves proof until they have risen about 1/2 inch above the rim of the pan. Once they're close to the top of the pan, set a rack a notch below the middle level and preheat the oven to 400°F (or 180°C fan forced). Note: My second proving took about 1 hr.

9. Place the loaves in the oven and immediately lower the temperature to 375°F. Bake until well risen and deep golden, with an internal temperature of at least 200°F, 30 to 40 mins. Note: My loaves were baked at 180°C fan forced for 30 min.

10. Unmold the loaves and cool on a rack on their sides. Wrap and keep at room temperature, or double wrap and freeze.

Happy Baking
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  1. Who doesn't love a delicious, homemade loaf of bread? This bread looks perfect!!!!!

  2. What a lovely golden colour bread, I can smell it from miles away!

  3. Hi Zoe,
    Yes, this is one delicious bread! I can say, one of the best white homemade bread I've made! This bread alone is worth the book! LOL! Love the texture and taste of it!

  4. Gosh! Very beautiful and soft looking loaves Zoe! Ok, will try this! Thanks!

  5. Zoe,
    Your balloon shaped bread loaves look so cute.
    Love the softness of the loaf.

    My family love this kind of soft and golden bread too.


  6. This really look like a great great bread.

  7. Wow Zoe. This bread looks delicious! Great job. Seeing that you're successful with this, I'm going to try making it (maybe with some red bean paste added to it too).

  8. Your sandwice bread rose so well and looked so pro. Nice.

  9. Nice loaves of bread...they sure look very light and fluffy.
    Have a great week Zoe!

  10. Perfect white bread! I would love to get into the habit of baking bread daily.. or every second day. It makes the house smell so amazing and I know it's not difficult. I hate turning the oven on in this heat. I should start in Winter :)

  11. Love the loaf, looks so gorgeous! My kids like this type of loaf with nutella or peanut butter.

  12. So superbly baked bread.. im book marking it..

  13. Beautiful brad, I love homemade bread a lot .

  14. Zoe , both bread are just awesome ! Love the soft buttery crumbs . Gonna steal this recipe sometime , maybe using some whole wheat flour for easy kneading :D

  15. Nice one, Zoe! Can you recommend any good bread maker?

    1. Hi Alvin,

      The bread maker that I'm using is a Breville which I can customise the programs according to the schedule that I want. I'm guessing it is an old model and might not be available in the market now. The latest one is Custom Loaf Pro. If you do not need to customise any bread baking program, any basic bread maker should do the job well.


  16. What a perfect looking bread :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  17. This is superb! You are really a pro!

  18. It is soon noon here in Switzerland and this bread would be a perfect lunch for me. Looks so yum.

  19. Zoe, I must say I loved your balloon shaped loaf. It will be a trendsetter in itself:D:D Perfectly made and so soft. Will certainly refer to this post when my bread baking bug bites me!!

  20. Wow looks so beautifully risen and baked... In love with ur bread

  21. OMG, I love those bread that were still sitting in the baking pans, so cute! Actually, I have a few unposted bread recipes but now all I'm thinking is just CNY's themed cooking, hahaha! This is going to be the 8th year that I won't be going home for CNY, sigh, only becoz the airticket cost is normally double up during this time of the year, how to go back? Now that Ethan is going to start school on the 4th Feb, I don't know when can I go back.

  22. Hi Zoe, Thanks for stopping my blog! your comment was sweet. Your photos are fab the bread looks and from your description tastes lovley.

  23. Zoe, this reminds me of bread my mom makes. I'll have to see if I have her recipe and then compare the two. :)

  24. Oh, your bread looks bakery perfect, Zoe!!! And I don't think I've ever made a Nick Malgieri recipe that I haven't loved! Time to break out the yeast.

  25. Gosh, wish I could join the Pineapple Party! I just made my 1st batch of Pineapple Tarts but since it's a secret recipe from a friend, I can't post it :<

  26. Thanks for visiting my blog! I love your blog and can't wait to see your future creative creations! The bread looks perfect. I would love to join your baking group sometime!

  27. The bread indeed looked so soft and pliable, love the comment from your kid, so cute!

  28. I love all sorts of bread esp those that are brioche-like. I try not to make too many brioche cos of the amt of butter, but this looks quite healthy.

  29. i think i didnt tell you that i went and lined the pan baking this bread..i didnt know what 's on my mind becos usually i dont do that..the bread stucked onto the paper! aargh!!!

  30. Perfect sandwich bread, Zoe. I love my sandwich with turkey ham and lots of cheese!

  31. Wow, it looks so perfect that one should never need to buy bread ever again (if not for the lack of time we all have to deal with). :)

    Congrats Zoe and have a nice week!


  32. Hi Zoe, your bread look perfect. Very nice texture and great to go with butter and sprinkles with sugar. Plus a cup of coffee too. :)

    Have a great week ahead.

  33. Perfect loaf of bread Zoe! I would love a piece or two!

  34. I have been using bread machines for over 2 years.
    your bread loaves look so yum...i like it so much.
    Definitely a recipe I'll keeping and using many times.

  35. That's beautiful! It reminds me of an old favorite recipe I had called Blue Ribbon White bread. I think a good old white bread sounds lovely right about now... Thanks for sharing and for stopping by, I am having fun browsing through your posts!

  36. That is indeed a lovely loaf of soft fluffy bread. I happen to have Nick's book from the library. Will check out this recipe. But first I just *have* to make his cinnamon swirl bread (same book). It sounds amazing.
    Btw, I recently baked the Brioche Braid again from Abby Dodge's book, The Weekend Baker, it was a huge success. I blogged about it because I got so many recipe requests :o)

  37. Oh it looks so soft and delicious! Nice job! ❤