Julia Child’s White Sandwich Bread

Today I baked bread. It wasn’t planned, I just did. My inspiration? Not wanting to go out to the store. After 2 weeks of the plague, this being the third weekend, I’m the only one the flu is still clinging to. And with very little voice and a sore throat, I wasn’t in the mood to brave Sunday shoppers, or even take off my PJ pants to run to the bakery. But I really wanted bread. White bread. Good white bread. Anything grainy seemed too ambitious to chew, swallow and digest. I was berating myself for not stirring up a batch of no-knead bread yesterday, but flinched at the thought of its thick, crusty exterior anyway. And then it occurred to me while making coffee – If I’m going to be around the house all day, why not just stir up some old-fashioned white bread dough? Like people used to do when corner stores weren’t open 24 hours a day?

More importantly, it occurred to me that W will never ever remember one of us running to the store to pick up a bag of bread. But he will remember coming home from the dog park to a house filled with the smell of baking bread on a Sunday afternoon. There really is no comfort like it.

This loaf? Nailed it on the first try. It seems wordy at first, but is the sort of thing you can make once, and then every other time after that it could not be simpler. I can imagine easily scattering it with cinnamon or cheese before folding and tucking it into the loaf pans. (They’re just 4″x8″ pans, available anywhere that sells baking pans – and often at garage sales or Value Village for about a dollar.) If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at a traditional loaf – give this one a go. I plopped everything in my stand mixer and let the dough hook do the work, then brought it out and kneaded it myself a few times, just for good measure, and because it felt so nice and smooth. If you do this, don’t flour the countertop – it should be nice and tacky, but won’t stick to the counter. Promise. Some people dump on the flour for extra insurance, but then your dough absorbs too much and can be heavy and dry. All these measurements were perfect. The resulting loaf has a divine crumb and golden, soft crust. Perfect for kids, or grown-ups with sore throats.

Also? It means we have bread for the week. (Or the next few days, anyway.) Homemade bread that’s perfect for sandwiches and toast in the morning.

Your yeast should get foamy – if it doesn’t, toss it.

Mix in half the flour. Just like making paper mache paste.

Then add the rest of the flour and the salt – it needs a buffer so it doesn’t kill the yeast.

Add some soft butter too. It’ll look shaggy.

Then cellulite-y. It needs to be nice and smooth. Don’t worry about it being sticky at this point – you want it to be tacky.

Let the dough hook – or your hands – go until it’s smooth and elastic. Knead it a few times on the countertop if you did it in the mixer – and don’t add any more flour (unless it’s really too wet).

Put the ball of dough back in the bowl (no need to wash it out and oil it – in fact I find the dough harder to work with when it’s all oily) and cover with a tea towel.

Walk away. Forget about it for an hour or so.

Divide the dough in half and pat each piece into a rectangle a bit bigger than a standard piece of paper. No need to be exact here.

Fold it in thirds like a letter, then place seam-side down in the pan, tucking in the ends. Not sure why Julia does it this way, but I can’t argue with the shape of that loaf.

Cover with the tea towel again and leave for another hour or so.

And then bake. Really, it’s not a whole lot of effort, all told. Especially for the reward of two beautiful, freshly baked loaves, that probably cost under a dollar to make.

This may just be my new Sunday thang.

Julia's white bread 1
Julia's white bread 1

Julia Child’s White Sandwich Bread

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March 4, 2012

  • Makes: Makes 2 loaves.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups warm water

1 Tbsp. active dry yeast

1 Tbsp. sugar

6-6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. salt

1/4 cup butter, softened

Directions

1Pour 1/2 cup of the water into a bowl (preferably that of a stand mixer) and stir in the yeast and sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes, unit foamy. (If the yeast doesn't do anything, toss it out and buy fresh yeast.)

2Add the rest of the water and about half of the flour. Stir until well blended. Add the rest of the flour, the salt and butter and stir with the dough hook (or by hand) until well combined and shaggy. Continue to knead (I let the dough hook go for about 8 minutes, poking it down once in awhile) until it's smooth and elastic. You could do this by hand, too. If you used the dough hook, turn the dough out onto the countertop and knead a few times to make sure it's evenly smooth. Doesn't it feel great?

3Shape it into a ball and put it back into the bowl. Cover with a tea towel and let it sit for 1 - 1 1/2 hours, until it's doubled in size.

4Butter two 4"x8" loaf pans. Punch the dough down (love that part!) and pat each piece into a rectangle that's about 9"x12" - or a bit bigger than a standard piece of paper.

5Starting at a short end, fold it in thirds, like a letter. Place seam side down in the loaf pans, tucking the ends in. Cover with the tea towel again and leave them for an hour, until they puff right up out of the pan.

6Preheat the oven to 375°F and put the rack in the middle of the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the loaves are honey brown. Immediately turn the loaves out of their pans and onto a rack to cool.

Makes: Makes 2 loaves.
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210 comments on “Julia Child’s White Sandwich Bread

  1. voula martin
    March 4, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    As I read this,drooling, I wonder why store bought white bread is the nutritional devil but homemade white bread is angelic… And then I decided who cares and got up to make some ;). Thanks for the inspiration, as always, and feel better soon!

  2. suchalab
    March 4, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks so good I can smell it! Worth a try for sure.

  3. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite.
    March 5, 2012 at 4:26 am

    I made this for Tuesdays with Dorie last month and was stunned that I managed it on my first go. Normally yearted breads and I do not get along at all. Hope the lurgy leaves your house once and for all SOON. Hugs xo

  4. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite.
    March 5, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Gah. That would be YEASTED breads. Clearly not enough coffee going on over here!

  5. Jennifer @ Loving Bytes
    March 5, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I’m going to make this right now. My son had the flu all weekend and I’m bracing myself for the fact that it might cycle through our family of 5! Will be good to have some fresh bread either way!

  6. Kelly
    March 5, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I LOVE making homemade bread, but have yet to find “the” recipe worth making more than once. I will give this a try today.
    Thanks!!

  7. Suzy
    March 5, 2012 at 9:39 am

    This is my favorite white bread recipe…so simple and yet so delicious!

  8. Gemma
    March 5, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I am going to make this today. My kids are going to love me when they come home from school to warm, homemade bread dripping with honey!

  9. Jacqueline
    March 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Those loaves are so lovely, I wish I had a “scratch and sniff” computer screen! You’ve convinced me that I can do this, will give it a go later. Thanks Julie and hope you feel better soon!

  10. Barb
    March 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I can smell the bread, too! Glad you’re feeling better.

  11. Elizabeth
    March 5, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Oh, how I wish I could eat that bread (no gluten allowed)…….

  12. Lisa
    March 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    That looks lovely! One of my favourite quotes about making bread comes from Elizabeth David (in my case, via a 1977 Bernard Clayton book called “The Big Book of Breads”, which my mother owns, and I found for $2 at a Servant Anonymous book sale – score!)

    “This is basic guidance to those who have already reached the conclusion that it is pretty ludicrous to spend three days planning menus to include shrimp-filled avocados, filet of beef in puff pastry, and no end of palaver over the grinding and percolation of coffee, if they cannot offer their guests a decent piece of bread.”

    I love the retro-ness of the menu, but the solidity of the advice about a decent piece of bread.

  13. Melissa
    March 6, 2012 at 5:11 am

    That looks similar to the America’s Test Kitchen version, which I love but haven’t made since I started teaching this year. Do you have any tips on how to keep it fresh? With just 2 of us in the house, it’s hard to finish and seems like such a waste to throw away a stale half-loaf.

    • Tanya
      February 20, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Give one away to your local shelter or a homeless person. Or a neighbor or some hungry men at an auto parts or oil change shop. Those guys work ok concrete all day and would be happy for some good bread.

    • Bre
      March 24, 2016 at 10:15 am

      How about freeze the other loaf in a gallon bag.

  14. Ruth
    March 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Melissa, I love slicing homemade bread (once it has cooled) and then freezing it. Then I steal a few slices at a time for toast or sandwiches. Otherwise the bread gets stale by the time our two person household gets them eaten!

  15. JulieVR
    March 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Melissa and Ruth – I was going to say the same! Bread freezes beautifully – and it’s easy to grab a slice if you slice it beforehand.

  16. Ashley
    March 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    This looks amazing!

  17. Amy
    March 6, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Looks like something I must make! Do you think it would work to sub the white flour with whole wheat flour? Hope you feel better soon!

  18. Katie
    March 6, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Your loaves look so beautiful! I’ve got this bookmarked to try.

  19. Laurie from Burnaby
    March 7, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I slice up the whole loaf while it’s fresh and freeze two slices at a time. I take it out a few minutes before I need it and let it thaw. Really fresh bread for a long time.

  20. Char
    March 11, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    My 2 loaves are in the oven right now – minutes from finished. I did one with Chinese 5-spice powder (ran out of cinnamon) & dried cranberries – smells delicious so far. Thanks for posting the recipe – I love baking bread but need the inspiration to remind me to do it.

  21. Rebekah
    March 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    My roommates and I are enjoying this with jam right now. It turned out great!

  22. moorni
    March 15, 2012 at 9:42 am

    really good recipe and easy! I made it last week and used it for sandwiches all last week with the kids. they loved it. I also substituted a few cups of regular flour with whole wheat and it still turned out great. Thanks for the recipe!

  23. Courtney
    March 18, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Made this this morning, and it turned out beautifully! I have a question for you Julie – we’re not big white bread eaters in my house ( although I am pretty sure this loaf will disappear pretty quickly!). I would like to try this recipe with WW flour – are there any adjustments I should make? Thanks!

  24. Melanie
    March 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Okay, so I have never baked bread before. Which is surprising if you know who my mom is. I forgot the salt, and I now know that my stand mixer is a piece of crap with a bowl that is too small and not enough power! Considering the not perfect conditions, it still turned out great! I will definitely make it again, and I think next time I may add some herbs to the flower to give it a little more flavour. It seems like a pretty forgiving recipe.
    Thanks so much for sharing, and for the photos so I knew I was not crazy when the bread looked shaggy. :)

  25. Yellow Suitcase Studio
    April 4, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Thanks for sharing! I made this yesterday and shared it on my blog!

    http://yellowsuitcasestudio.blogspot.com/2012/04/julia-childs-white-sandwich.html

  26. Vicky
    April 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I was looking for some nice bread to go with Jamie Oliver’s Lamb shoulder with rosemary and garlic… this is it. Looks easy to make and delicious. One loaf is going straight to the freezer though.
    Thank you for sharing!

  27. Mom:tel
    August 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    It’s in the oven!!! Smells so good, can’t wait to try for dinner and make sandwiches for my girls’ lunches in the a.m.

  28. jennifer
    August 14, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I DID IT!! of the dozens of terrible loaves I have made, this was the first time it ever came out EXACTLY as I wished. Thin crust. Tender crumb! Soft, with small holes. OMG i’m so happy!! *kiss* *kiss* *kiss*

    jen

  29. Khushboo @ Two Megapixel Food
    August 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    This bread looks amazing! I’ve never really had success with bread, but I’m sure Julia’s recipe will come to my rescue.

  30. Anonymous
    November 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Thank you so very much for your blog post! I have been making this bread for my family for about 6 months now and follow your instructions to the letter. It always turns out perfect :) I’m fixing to put two loaves into the oven right now, as a matter of fact. Isn’t it funny how one loaf is always a little taller than the other? I find that the short one is usually the one I pat out first… strange but yummy, so who cares!?! I’m so glad you put step-by-step photographs in your post. That made me very confident from the start.

  31. Dixie Diva
    December 31, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I’m not sure how I ended up at your food blog, but I’m glad I did. After an earlier homemade bagel baking disaster this week, I felt so triumphant after baking these gorgeous loaves from the posted recipe. My out-of-town guests devoured the bread! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank you!

  32. Jennifer
    May 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I have been making this bread for a few weeks now. My husband and I have decided that we’ll never by store bread again. I was telling my sister about it and she would like to make it also. She leaves in Colorado (I live in West Virginia) what would she need to do differently for this bread to turn out? Thank you

    • Brenda
      February 23, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      I I live in Utah and follow the recipe exactly and have no problems. Colorado and utah are similar in altitude.

  33. phil
    June 9, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I just purchased three cast iron loaf pans and made this recipe. I have been trying for a couple years to make good bread. This turned out perfect on the first try. It gave me such a confidence boost that I made honey wheat by the same method and it came out perfect too. I started with about 2 cups of wheat flour then added whole flour until that sticky stiff ball formed. 4 tablespoons of honey, salt, butter and a bit more flour made the same smooth ball of dough. I let the rising go 1:20 each to assure a fully risen loaf. So tasty and light with the normal 30 minute bake time.

    thanks to you and Julia, I am finally making incredible bread.

  34. Julie
    June 9, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Phil – you totally just made my day. Thank you! I’m so glad you tried it and loved it – and I’m going to make a honey whole wheat batch tomorrow!

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  37. Lunalee
    August 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I am always looking for the best white bread recipe and this is one of the best. My daughters are picky when it comes to bread.on this recipe i dont hear ” remove the crust mommy!!!!

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  39. Jada from Victoria, Canada
    August 27, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    I made this bread yesterday for nearly the same reason as you: I didn’t want to go to the store. I sent it off with my husband for his lunch today and got a text message saying “you’re never allowed to buy bread again. This is delicious!” I’ve never been succcessful at baking bread, even in culinary school with all the direction of my instructors, but this turned out beautifully. Thank you so so SO much for this recipe! It is by far the best and easiest I’ve come across on the internet and in any book!

  40. ginny
    October 2, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    This was the most delicious bread I’ve ever ever ever ever ever ever evvvv-verrrrrr made. After about a year of trying to find my bread-baking mojo, I think this recipe did it. I hope my body can survive on this one food for the next several months. All other food seems like a waste of time now 😉

  41. jess
    October 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Fantastic bread! I didn’t like how big the loaves turned out though, so I make this into 3 loaves. Hint: I use a meat slicer to cut the slices! Works like a charm!

  42. Danielle
    October 30, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Making this now as we speak, and so far so good :). Cannot wait for the finished product as this is my first time making bread. Yeast and I have our struggles. Thanks for the amazingly simple recipe sharing!

  43. Katie
    November 2, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    This recipe look delicious. Can you substitute the all purpose flour with a gluten free flour mix?

  44. Ash
    November 11, 2013 at 12:14 am

    What a great recipe! My partner and daughter are currently buttering up a slice of this and it’s just devine. Thank you so much. How would this recipe go if you used half bread flour half plain flour?

  45. Kayte
    November 12, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Just tried it tonight. First time bread baker and the result is amazing. I am inspired!!

  46. Anonymous
    January 16, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Lovely recipe, and it worked first time! thank you for sharing

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  48. Sarah
    February 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    For some reasons when my bread rises it does not achieve a rounded top. It does rise out of the pan nicely but the top is flat. any ideas/help. It tastes delish and is our go to recipe.

  49. Keisha
    March 7, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Can we freeze the other half of the dough?

  50. Martha
    March 8, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    made this but before I put the bread in the pans I added cinnamon mixed with sugar into the dough as I folded it and then mixed raisins into it. Wonderful cinnamon raisin swurl bread.

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  52. Erin
    March 22, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I just popped mine out of oven and I am waiting on it to cool. They look great and cant wait to slice them up.

  53. Patricia
    May 4, 2014 at 11:53 am

    My bread is rising at the moment. I’ve been trying to find a good bread recipe for months and have had no luck so I’m really hoping this one is going to be good. I will keep you posted.

  54. Patricia
    May 4, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Well, I have just had a couple of slices of the bread I just took out of the oven and it is delicious. It makes 2 large loaves of very light and airy bread. This is the only bread recipe I will be using from now on.

    • Julie
      May 4, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      So glad to hear it Patricia! I just baked a couple loaves today too!

  55. Aiesha
    May 18, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Hi Julie. I love your recipe and want to try it. But one loaf is more than enough for me. Shall I just cut the recipe in half? Thanks in advance. Can’t wait to try the bread.

    • Julie
      May 21, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      Aiesha – yes, it should work fine that way. Otherwise just freeze the other loaf for later!

  56. Samantha
    May 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I tried making my very first loaf of bread using your recipe, it turned out fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

  57. Diane
    May 23, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I am in the middle of making this bread for the direst time, but I am using Robin Hoods Best for Bread multigrain flour, we don’t eat white bread in this house, I was going to use half whole wheat and half white but found the multigrain flour – keeping my fingers crossed. So far so good!

  58. John DeVries
    May 27, 2014 at 3:33 am

    I like cooking, have invented numerous different meals and friends say I am a good cook. However, I have never, ever had any success with bread. Oh its tasty and acceptable but nothing to write home about.

    And then I happened across this recipe. First time I produced magnificent bread. Wonderful shape, wonderful taste and when eaten hot with butter and mature Cheddar cheese it compares to any meal you could wish for.

    What I don´t understand is why the other recipes I have used failed so abysmally.

  59. Sandy
    June 9, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    My son and I have been trying to find great bread recipes and attempting to master them . We have an excellent cinnamon bun recipe but couldn’t find a great bread recipe! Well problem solved! This is THE one. Simple to make excellent results.

  60. BreadMaker
    June 28, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Omg! I haven’t even put the bread in the oven and I am in love with this recipe! The dough actually rises!!! 😛 I can’t wait till it’s all baked and ready to scarf down!!

  61. Alia
    August 20, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you so very much.I tried this recipe and was successful the first time.My kids loved it too so we’ll be making our own bread from now onwards :)

  62. Kathy
    August 23, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    This is a great recipe! Made it the other day and now baking another couple of loaves to pop in the freezer for the upcoming week :)

  63. Jamie
    August 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Hopefully someone can answer this question – I used a gluten free all-purpose flour to try this recipe and it just didn’t rose like it was suppose to. I’m wondering if it’s the flour’s fault or if perhaps the yeast wasnt as fresh as I thought. Has anyone made this with a gluten free alternative? (Ie: bob’s red mill)? Thank you in advance!

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  65. shaySC
    September 8, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I have used this (Julia’s) bread recipe for years. It has never let me down, and her whole wheat recipe is just as good! Of course I have to give credit to my kitchen aid mixer, its a lot of kneading!!

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    September 9, 2014 at 11:08 am

    I made the bread and my hubby, who loves soft white bread, loves it. However, I did not expect the whole page to print. Illustrations and all. How about a printer friendly version option?

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    September 13, 2014 at 9:23 pm

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  70. Tessy
    September 27, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    I have been on a quest to make the perfect loaf of hm bread for years. Now, thanks to this recipe, I have made it. Seems all the fuss was not necessary, so simple, so fun, soooooo delicious!! Thank you

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  72. Alison
    October 25, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Sorry now that I only tried one loaf to start. Big mistake, delicious!

  73. Melissa
    November 6, 2014 at 11:59 am

    This recipe is absolutely wonderful. Think this will be my new go to recipe for bread.

  74. Tiffany
    November 7, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Hi, Thanks for the inspiration! I made bread today – but I guess the measurements must be wrong (I used a liquid measure instead of solids) and started with 6 cups. then I gradually added flour because I thought, less flour better than too much! However, this process took me over half an hour (40 mins) and it still wasn’t shiny like yours. It is rising right now and I hope that you can give me some advice about kneading bread. (for one, “git the right measuring cup!”)

  75. Tiffany
    November 7, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Sorry – I meant that MY measurements must be wrong!! I am sure your ratios are completely workable, it’s just my mistake on execution!

  76. Chris
    November 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I like to use a sour dough starter for bread. This gives big bubbles. This makes measuring awkward. My rule of thumb is add all to a mixer Ingredients to a mixer except for flour use loose sour dough instead of water. Then add flour as the dough hook is turning until the flour cleans the bowl. no more flour is added the dough is sticky but will retain its shape.Lightly flour,shape into loaf rolls. cook eat

  77. nikkI piper
    November 8, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Has anyone tried to make it gluten free?

  78. Amy
    November 9, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Hello Julie. I came across your page from Pinterest and I never ever have good luck with making bread. My husband told me I should just give up. He absolutely loves super soft white bread. We are currently in a power outage right now or I would be mixing this up now. Looks great and I have not read one negative comment.

    My question though is at what point could you freeze the dough? After its done rising and you are ready to put it in the oven or after the first rising? I would like to make up a few batches and freeze for future use like the ones you can buy in the store.

    Please let me know.

    Thank you!!!

    • Julie
      November 12, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Amy, don’t give up! Try this recipe. If you want to freeze it, do it after the first rise… then thaw and let it rise a second time before baking. Let me know how it goes!

  79. Leah
    November 13, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Hi Julie,
    I have instant yeast — will this be ok? Should I treat it like regular yeast, or just add it to the dry ingredients?

    • Julie
      November 23, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      Instant should work just fine Leah! It just dissolves more quickly…

  80. Kailyn
    November 16, 2014 at 8:22 am

    I’d also like to know if “bread machine” quick yeast will work or does it need to be the regular kind? Thanks!

    • Julie
      November 23, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      Kailyn – I’m not even sure what “bread machine” yeast is! But I’m sure it would work just fine!

  81. Susan
    November 16, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Hi, I love this recipe. It’s now my new go to bread.
    Have you ever tried to freeze? If so at what stage?

    Thanks!

  82. Susan
    November 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Oh, you just answered that. Thanks again for sharing!

  83. Sara
    November 30, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Can the dough be made in a bread maker? My mixer is down at the moment but I do have a bread maker

    • Julie
      December 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      I don’t see why not Sara!

  84. Karen
    December 4, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I made this with homemade chowder tonight. It turned out perfectly! My husband likes sweeter breads, so I upped the sugar content. This bread isn’t going to last long! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  85. Lynne
    December 26, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I do a recipe very similar. When I’m proofing the yeast, I use all the water, add the sugar and butter. (My recipe does 1 loaf) Then when mixing, just the flour and the salt. It too works every time. Best loaf I’ve ever tasted.

  86. Denise Joudrey
    December 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Just took my loaves out of the oven and…. They are perfect! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Julie
      January 1, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Yay Denise!!

  87. Kayla
    December 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    What is the best was to freeze this loaf after it is done baking? Cooled, sliced, and put in a freezer bag? Frizen by the loaf? Or cooled, sliced flash freezed, then bagged?

    • Julie
      January 1, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      Kayla – I find it easiest to slice and then freeze loaves like this – it’s tricky to slice frozen without the pieces breaking!

  88. RiAnna
    January 2, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    This recipe was so easy! It’s halfway through its first rise and I am so excited to try the bread! Thank you so much for Julia’s recipe!

  89. Jealith
    January 8, 2015 at 7:51 am

    I love this. It’s a great basic white bread. Try putting cinnamon and sugar on the dough when you have it rolled out to make cinnamon bread. Great toasted.

  90. bridget
    January 10, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. My bread turned out perfect!

  91. Greta
    January 11, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this AMAZING recipe. I’ve made six loaves so far, and every single one has come out perfectly. We just bought 50lbs of flour, and a brick of yeast from (big box store) and are committing to making all our own bread from now on. All thanks to your post. Thank you!!

    • Julie
      January 12, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      So glad to hear it Greta!

  92. Dolores
    January 11, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I just made this bread today, but substituted half the flour for whole wheat. It came out with the perfect texture for sandwiches and toast and has a really great flavor. This is going to be my new de facto sandwich bread recipe!

    • Julie
      January 12, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      I’m so glad Dolores! I sometimes do half whole wheat too.

  93. jodi seager
    January 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Well here it goes while ive mastered lots of baking and crusty yeast breads my family whines and wants bread like they sell in the supermarket. So im hoping. This is the one ive tried so many before and none were soft and small textured so im keeping my fingers crossed this is the one. I did sub whole wheat white flour but added less (wheat absorbs more liquid than white refined flour) ?

  94. Destiny
    January 22, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    I’m trying out this bread for the first time, crossing my fingers that it’ll turn out as wonderful as yours!

  95. marsha persinger
    January 29, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I have always been a julia childs fan. I made this bread today and it was sooo easy and fun. Bread turned out fantastic, thank you for sharing this recipe.

  96. tiffany
    January 30, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    can this be made with wheat flour i have recently changed our family to wheat and would love to use this recipe as wheat. i have made it in the past when in mexico and we loved it. btw in mexico sandwich bread is crazy expensive.

  97. Lindsay
    February 4, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    I would like to make this dairy free. Do you think it would be ok to sub dairy/soy free butter spread for the butter in the recipe? Thanks!

  98. Cecile
    February 5, 2015 at 10:47 am

    I’ve been on a bit of a bread kick lately! Just today I posted a recipe for Moroccan bread. I thought I had had enough of bread making (I’ve made three different breads recently…) BUT – now that I’ve seen this gorgeous bread I’m breaking out the flour and yeast again!! ++ I’m so very impressed with your blog – wonderful recipes, gorgeous photos and terrific writing. I’m gonna begin following you !!

  99. Allison
    February 10, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    I just made my first ever loaves of bread using this recipe.
    Thank you for posting… thank you to Julia Child and thank you to Kitchenaid.

    It is perfect. :)

  100. Meg
    February 12, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Thank you for sharing this bread recipe! I’ve finally found what I was looking for in homeade bread! This bread is SO DELICIOUS! Perfect texture, perfect crust, perfect flavor… Seriously perfect! My new favorite bread recipe!!!

  101. cindy
    February 12, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    In the oven right now. First yeast that ever worked foe me-in 41 years! Cant wait!

  102. Rochelle
    February 25, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Mine is in the oven right now. First time making my own white bread. Fingers crossed. I think the reason you put it seam side down is for cutting. With the seam up it would fall apart as you cut it into slices. I have made French bread for the first time recently, and with the slits on top it tends to fall apart. I don’t mind, i eat what falls off. Lol. Thank you for your the easy instructions.

  103. Lea
    March 23, 2015 at 3:12 am

    OMG I recommend this bread recipie to everyone, I did a bread making course and thought the bread was good but always thought it was a bit dense, I found this recipe and tried it tonight, it was sensational so light so fluffy just beautiful.
    I won’t be going back to my old recipie!
    THANK YOU!!!

  104. Kristen
    April 10, 2015 at 6:52 am

    I’ve made this probably twenty times since I found this recipe-it’s always amazing! The first time I followed the recipe, but I’ve since made a few changes and love it even more! It’s good with AP flour, but bread flour takes it over the top. I also use rapid rise yeast (I bought two pounds of it at Sam’s Club so it’s what I use in everything) which shortens the rise times a bit. I also make three loaves instead of two-the loaves were just too big for sandwiches which is what we mostly wanted to make with this bread. Dividing the dough into three makes nice, sandwich sized loaves! Thank you so much for this fantastic recipe. I will never get enough!

  105. Linda King
    April 13, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    made this bread this morning, easy to do and looked just like the picture

  106. Becky
    May 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    This is the best bread. I have made it countless times, and each loaf is as amazing and tasty as the next. The bread is versatile for sandwiches or toasting, and it tastes….real. (Not like filler laden supermarket bread!)
    Read over the recipe, and give it a try…it is worth it and not difficult at all!

  107. Laura
    June 17, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    We have been making our own bread for several months now and this has become our go to! We love it!

  108. Jim Bob
    June 27, 2015 at 4:12 am

    It’s rising now!

  109. Ellen Mbungu
    July 30, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I love this recipe!! I have made it multiple times and each time it comes out perfect!! At the moment I am currently making it, but I mixed half whole wheat flour and half white bread flour…..I can’t wait to taste it!!

  110. Amy
    August 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    OMG, this bread is wonderful! I also used a mixer with a dough hook. My kids prefers homemade bread to store bought..easy and simple ingredients. Thanks!

  111. Brittany
    August 10, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    I’ve tried so many bread recipes looking for the right one I’ve lost count..lol…hopefully this will be the last after reading all the comments!!
    Decided to start making this at 11pm at night..lol…great timing…anyway, it’s rising nicely right now!! It will be a long night!!!
    Just a question though, how do you keep the crust soft?? My biggest issue with bread is that the crust always gets reay crunchy and I’m not a fan of it…

    • Brenda
      March 13, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Put the bread inside a plastic bag once it cools and the crust should not be super crunchy.

  112. Jolene
    September 5, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Absolutely, without a doubt, THE best white bread I have made! Thanks for sharing!

  113. Laurie
    September 11, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    I have been trying to perfect a GREAT white bread recipe for a while now…first time using this recipe was perfect – even my husband said it was!! Just wondering if I could add some br.an/wheat germ for a bit of added nutrition. What do you think? Though I have to say this is a pretty perfect recipe as is…thank you!!

  114. Patti
    September 16, 2015 at 8:33 am

    I looked at many recipes and so many of them call for too little salt, this one is just right and has the flavor of a great white bread. Mine is on it’s first rise as I type this. I CAN’T WAIT for some with butter and honey.

  115. Dana
    September 24, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I have been making this bread for a few months now, it is absolutely the best bread recipe I have found! I follow the recipe exactly but make a double batch. Saves my family some money and is sooo much yummier than buying it from a store. Thanks for the perfect recipe!

  116. lindsey
    October 14, 2015 at 9:59 am

    I have this rising right now…. mine was way too wet and very sticky. No way could I turn it out into a ball. I added probably 8 cups of flour and it’s still not smooth. I guess I’m the only one though. I wish it would have turned out. That was my last bit of flour. :-\

  117. Lindsey Beall
    October 26, 2015 at 11:48 am

    How would I make this in a read maker?

  118. Janet
    November 2, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I used your recipe for your white Sandwich Bread and am so happy I found it. First couple of times tried making it, it didn’t turn out good. Then after research on the types of flours, I went with King Arthur’s Unbleached Bread Flour. I used bottled water instead of tap water. The results was amazing. After taking out of the oven I also rubbed real butter over the loaf to help soften the crust. Needless to say, I have found the bread loaf recipe to use. It is a big hit in this family. Now I need to find a recipe for dinner rolls that is just a good for the holidays. Any suggestions?

  119. Ivie Walker
    November 2, 2015 at 9:06 am

    This is my standard bread recipe. It is perfect today I am making wheat except I use 2 cups of white to mix with water and yeast then I add 3 !/2 cups of whole wheat and 1 cup of rye. Also I use brown sugar when making whole wheat.

  120. Ivie Walker
    November 2, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Also when baking my bread I always let my dough raise 3 times. At the finally raising bread raises in the oven. I start the oven out room temperature and turn it on to 200 degrees in 15 minutes I up the temperature to 225 for 15 mins, again increase to 250 degrees and then up to 325 degrees for 15 mins. Continue cooking until done. Some ovens are hotter or cooler than others so you may need last temp at 350 degrees. Gradually bringing up heat prevents bread from falling and you get a higher, lighter, fluffier loaf of bread.

  121. Margi
    November 6, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Has anyone converted this wonderful
    Recipe to a breadmaker recipe?
    Thanjs!

  122. David
    November 8, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Amazing!!!! Easy and delicious. Homemade bread is not usually easy. Everyone who has quit trying should try this recipie. Can’t wait for it to be cool enough to slice.

  123. Patricia Dillow
    November 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you for this great recipe. I especially appreciated the detailed directions and description of what to expect with each step. I love to bake, but the moment I see yeast as an ingredient, I skill to the next recipe. With your recipe I decided to give it a shot and I’m so glad I did. The process was simple and my loaves turned out just as you described – they were AMAZING!!! Thanks again.

  124. tiffany Guzman
    November 14, 2015 at 11:55 am

    This recipe is the best. We have been using your recipe for years now. I even use this recipe as a base for other bread recipes I like. I make it into cinnamon raisin bread and have even used it for cinnamon rolls. Althought the cinnamon rolls came out too dry at first it was the base of a now wonderful recipe I have for cinnamon rolls. You got us through living in Mexico (where bread is crazy expensive) and now back to the states where we still use your recipe to fill our bread needs. Thank you.

  125. Chrissy
    November 23, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I have made this twice now and it is great! And I have made ALOT of bread in the last couple years! This is a keeper! Thanks!!

  126. tundrapunk
    November 25, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    I’ve now followed this recipe twice to brilliant results. The butter seems to help it stay fresh longer. It made great sandwiches all week. It was fun to make a basic yeasted loaf for a change after years planning our week around sourdough.

  127. Allison
    November 28, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    I have been using this recipe for a solid 2 years. It is amazing. Better than store bought bread!

  128. Melanie
    December 7, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    My 6 yo has proclaimed we should be making this bread every day. I agree.

  129. Judi
    January 19, 2016 at 10:42 am

    This is a wonderful bread recipe that just never fails. I read in a biography about Julia’s struggles for just the right bread recipe for her cookbook. She talks about using a pan of hot water with a brick (or rock) on the bottom shelf of the oven to keep it moist and soft. Have you ever tried this? and do I need to do it and just don’t know that everyone already knew it! I also brush butter on the loaves just out of the oven.

    • Julie
      January 20, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      Ooh, interesting tip! I’ve never heard of it or tried it! Brushing anything with butter straight from the oven sounds like a good idea! :)

  130. Janice Dixon
    January 21, 2016 at 11:05 am

    I have not bought bread since A) I got my stand mixer for Christmas and B) I tried this recipe. Amazing!

  131. Melissa Noel
    January 23, 2016 at 11:50 am

    This so good! But I am wondering, if I make half of what the recipe calls for, could I make only one loaf?

  132. Jennifer
    February 3, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    For those who have asked if this worked in a bread machine, it does!! I finally found a bread that is still soft and moist that my kids love!! I simply cut the recipe in half and set crust it light/soft and it was perfect. Thanks for this fantastic recipe!

    • Julie
      February 7, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Good to know – thanks!!

  133. Hillary
    February 4, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I made this today and it made my house smell like heaven. Not only is the smell divine, it tastes even better. I can NOT for the life of me get my bread to poof up like shown in the picture though. I have just recently started baking and am determined to make my goods look like the picture. Any suggestions?

    • Julie
      February 7, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Hmmmm.. is your yeast fresh? Are you letting it rise long enough? in a warm place?

    • Vanessa F
      February 16, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Make sure you’re letting your dough rise where it’s not drafty or cool. My house is very drafty so I put my dough in the oven turned off with a kettle full of boiling water. Otherwise my dough won’t rise at all. I’m considering buying or making a bread proofing box.

      • Julie
        February 18, 2016 at 4:05 pm

        Ooh, great idea!

  134. Gracie
    February 4, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    I am making this tonight! I have never attempted to make bread before, and I’m really excited! Thanks for the recipe. :)

  135. Kim
    February 14, 2016 at 11:14 am

    For the first time in years I decided to try making yeast bread because of how simple this pin made it look…and it was simple even w/out a mixer. However, I think one important step that a rookie like myself needs to be told is to do something to keep the tea towel from sticking to your lovely loaves of risen bread…gawk! I was so excited that my 2 loaves were puffed above the top of the pans & I gently pulled on the towels to remove them prior to baking. I was horrified to see the perfect puffy tops sticking to the towels and, not only that, but the puff started to depuff as I loosened the dough from the towel. Looking at your post it looks like the top of your loaves are shiney, maybe some butter or olive oil?? They’re in the oven now so I’ll see how they end up even w/this mistake.

    • Julie
      February 15, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      Oh no Kim – I’ve NEVER had that happen! I’ve never brushed them with butter or oil either – I have in the past brushed the tops with milk just to give a more golden crust, but not until after the rising stage!

    • Vanessa F
      February 16, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but I always give my dough a little spritz of nonstick spray on the top to keep it from drying out or sticking. I haven’t been as lucky as others so I always have to use the spray or oil.

  136. Calvin Shatto
    February 17, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    My first try at making bread “ever” and I can’t believe what happened. They came out of the oven looking just like the pictures of your loaves. Thank you for sharing. One big hug for you !

    • Julie
      February 18, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Yay!! I’m so happy!!

  137. Brenda
    February 19, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I am going to try ths recipe tomorrow. Hopefully it will work. I have been making bread for a rreward now and it ALWAYS cracks an long the side of the loaf. Hopefully this one won’t do that. Does it have air bubbles from just being folded in 3rds?

    • Julie
      February 19, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      I’ve never had air bubbles!

  138. Brenda
    February 20, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Bread is almost done with the second rise. I am a little leery about 375 for 30 minutes. It is for sure that temp and time?

    • Julie
      February 22, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Yep! How did they turn out?

      • Brenda
        February 22, 2016 at 12:14 pm

        They turned out PERFECT! I instantly picked up the phone to call my mom to tell her I finally made bread that looked like it was suppose to!

      • Julie
        February 23, 2016 at 3:55 pm

        Yay Brenda!! I’m so happy!

  139. Heather
    February 25, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    This was fantastic! Exactly what I was looking for. Soft and fluffy and delicious. Thank you!

  140. Anonymous
    February 28, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    This recipe is awesome, so happy with the result. Wanted to post pix of the beautiful loaves but don’t know how, lol. Thanks!

    • Julie
      February 28, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Yay, so great to hear!

  141. Lesley
    March 3, 2016 at 9:18 am

    I just found this recipe and made it yesterday. I have been trying so many recipes for the perfect sandwich bread. This one hit it on the nail.

  142. Stephen Cadman
    March 4, 2016 at 4:40 am

    I’ve been looking for the perfect white loaf recipe, and this could be the one! Thanks so much!

  143. Ron
    March 10, 2016 at 7:41 am

    made this 5 times now , so good and dependable and a good taste. I do it in 5 .25 x 9.25 pans an when I do the rolling of the doe I do 2 balls per pan (2 pans) as it is then easy to separate and freeze half , kin of like making 4 mini loafs!!!! Also did brown bread with same recipe mixing the flours 50/50 but let it rise about 15 minutes longer in the pans. tasted great!!!!
    Also one day for the grandkids took half the doe and added cinnamon and raisins was great.

  144. Brenda
    March 14, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Would someone be able to do the math and tell me how much it costs to make this recipe? Math is not my friend. Thanks in advance!

  145. Susan
    March 18, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    So I have finally found my sandwich bread. Not only is it a Julia Child recipe but on a blog written by an author whose book I just loved. I feel so fancy! The bread came out great! Very delicious!

  146. Brenda
    April 2, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Have you ever priced it’s recipe out cost per loaf?

    • Julie
      April 6, 2016 at 8:47 am

      I haven’t… I imagine it’s the sort of thing that would vary depending on where you live and where you shop!

  147. Cal
    April 3, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I really like this recipe, glad to see you did Julia proud…lol. made it a few times. Great results. Defiantly gonna make it over and over.

  148. Andie D
    April 12, 2016 at 6:35 am

    My son is allergic to dairy. Has anyone tried subbing oil for the butter?

  149. Kim
    April 25, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Will it works with Instant Yeast? I tried a number of times with instant yeast and after baking, the bread always gummy and dense in the center. Please give me a solution to eliminate the gummy and dense to ensure it’s fullfy inside.
    Perhaps it’s not the yeast but something else . Any guidance and suggestions, would be much appreciated.. Thanks

  150. Peta
    April 28, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Oh my word! I’ve been making bread for years now, mostly the no-knead bread, but lately white sandwich, and I have never had such a great “rise” !! I can’t wait to cut a slice and see what the inside is like – I bet so scrumptious!
    Your photos are amazing and my bread looks just like yours! Lucky me :) Thank you!

    • Julie
      April 28, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      So glad it worked out so well for you!

  151. Mary
    May 7, 2016 at 5:08 am

    Made it, came out great. One note directions don’t mention putting in the sugar.

    • Julie
      May 16, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Yes, at the beginning, to the water along with the yeast.

  152. Butterball
    May 23, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I halved the recipe and made this loaf for my man yesterday. I actually used a bread machine to mix the dough, and it came out beautifully! A crispy crust on the outside, and soft as a cloud in the middle. The way to a man’s heart is definitely through this bread!

  153. Lisa
    June 4, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Trying this today. Have not had luck with yeasted breads and I think my streak is holding. It never looked any smoother than the sixth pic from the top (where the butter shows) after 20 minutes of mixer kneading and adding another cup of flour. Tried to turn it out and hand kneading it but ended up with dough gloves. Scraped it back into the bowl and I’m going to let it rise and then throw it in the oven but I’m not holding out much hope.

    • Julie
      June 5, 2016 at 9:03 pm

      If you have dough gloves, it sounds like it needs more flour! what kind are you using?

      • Lisa Loomis
        June 5, 2016 at 11:13 pm

        Using all purpose and used 7 1/2 cups.

  154. Jason Kincaid
    June 29, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Trying this out after making a few loaves of peasent bread. And a failed beer bread experiment.. I’m hoping it turns out okay.

  155. James
    August 19, 2016 at 9:06 am

    I’ve been making bread for years and haven’t found the perfect white bread recipe until now. This one is so good and simple. For the people saying it doesn’t rise, I cheat and add my yeast and suger to the flour then heat my water and butter together until the butter melts and add it to the flour mixture. Don’t heat it to hot or you will kill the yeast. I use this method with all my bread recipes, I’ve never been able to prep the yeast in water first. If using honey melt it in the water or milk.

    • Julie
      August 19, 2016 at 11:55 am

      That’s so awesome to hear. Thanks for the yeast tip!

  156. Rocko
    September 3, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Simple recipe simply makes great bread. First loaf disappears quickly after finishing. So easy with Kitchenaid mixer. Brushed the top with melted butter at the end. Store bought bread sucks; this is the easy and economical solution.

  157. Beverly Vaughn McConnell
    September 5, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I’ve baked a LOT of bread over the years with different recipes…but none turned out very good. UNTIL I found this recipe. I made it yesterday. It was awesome. It has WAY too much salt for us though…so I will be cutting down the salt…especially in light of my husbands high blood pressure…salt just don’t do our bodies any good. So, anyway, I will be making this bread in the future from now on…it’s the best bread that I’ve EVER made.

    • Julie
      September 7, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      So glad to hear it! Yes I usually cut down on the salt, but it does affect the chemistry of bread. I agree – this is the best recipe ever!

  158. Chris Deeble
    September 17, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Just made this. Fast and perfect. These tips of Julie’s make all the difference. The rise is amazing without overproofing (no airholes in the loaf), the crumb is perfect, and it’s moist. And so little salt (after all, only 2 teaspoons for almost 3 pounds of bread). I’ve made recipes where you fiddle with milk and water, and other recipes where you melt the fat in the liquid on the stovetop. This is just so simple and the result much better than the more complicated recipes.

    • Julie
      September 20, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Isn’t it just the best recipe??

  159. Peter Victoria
    September 18, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    PJ

    OMG. This came out so fantastic. I made 2 small and one regular size loaf with this recipe. Great crust!.

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