Julia Child’s White Sandwich Bread

Julia Child’s White Sandwich Bread


March 4, 2012

  • Makes: Makes 2 loaves.


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


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.


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28 comments on “Julia Child’s White Sandwich Bread

  1. glenn roberts
    March 14, 2019 at 5:02 am

    I’ve been using this recipe for some time now and to this day it’s still the best ever! I make my bread by hand, at home, one loaf at a time. On the 12th of March I tried to video my bread making style. I remember back when first wanting to make bread how mysterious the process was to me and how reluctant I was to try. This is why I would like to share my video for those that need a nudge to get in there and bake! I’m a man, mediocre cook at best so when I make this bread the feeling of accomplishment is immeasurable. Thank you Julie for sharing the recipe! This is my youtube video link https://youtu.be/ey2cU_Z6pWw

    • Julie
      March 14, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      So great to hear it!

  2. Alyssa
    March 25, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Julie, this looks really good! I think I need to make these for myself and the kids. Love this idea!

  3. Olga
    March 28, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Thank you very much! I like this bread! Wonderful combination of ingredients. It look so yummy!

  4. Prince Harming
    June 18, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Ok – My review: This is slightly different than my original ‘JC White Bread’ recipe, which calls for 7 cups of either AP or bread flour, but that little difference is almost not worth mentioning. However, I did try this one… and Loved it. I think the Crust is outstanding.. the Crumb is even better; softer in the middle than most recipes I’ve tried, which I like… and my breads wins top prize whenever I enter them in competition.
    I’ve tried the King Arthur white bread recipe many times and liked it. It’s a good method – but not GREAT. This one is GREAT. So I’m going to highly recommend this to anyone willing to test themselves… and try something new. It’s definitely a keeper, and my new go-to white bread recipe. Thanks Julie.

    • Julie
      June 23, 2019 at 12:06 pm

      Yay, so glad to hear it! It’s my go-to too. 🙂

  5. Ketaki
    August 16, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Thanks Julie for this amazing recipe. Making this recipe for over a year now and its a big hit with the family. They refuse to eat store bought bread. No matter if I am busy or not feeling well have to get the 2 loaves done over the weekend!!!!! 😉

    Just wondering if I can try the same proportions of ingredients (for one loaf) and make this in bread maker?

    • Julie
      August 19, 2019 at 9:00 am

      I think some people have told me they’ve done this!

      • Ketaki
        August 28, 2019 at 2:22 pm

        Awesome!!! Going to try this. Thanks again for this great recipe 🙂

  6. Jennifer
    September 3, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    You’ve mentioned that you’ve added puréed white beans to this recipe for extra protein. Can you explain how to do that? Thanks.

  7. Patricia Jaroslawski
    September 3, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    I am curious about how to Incorporate the pureed beans as well. Thanks!

  8. Sue Boronski
    September 4, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    This was my first successful bread recipe. Making a batch right now. Thanks Julie and Julia!

  9. Claudine
    September 7, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Hi Julie. My dough tends to be very sticky inspite of 6 1/2 cups of flour. I can’t seem to knead it without it sticking all over the place despite a floured surface. We do live in Asia where it is hotter. Does that have anything to do with it? Or should I be adjusting the flour with more? Would appreciate your inputs. Thanks!

    • Julie
      September 7, 2019 at 10:02 am

      Hmm… the climate should have little effect.. and yes, the dough should be very sticky! Not so much that you have to scrape it off your hands, but it will swell and smooth out as it rests. Have you tried rising and baking it, even when it’s sticky?

      • Claudine
        September 10, 2019 at 8:34 am

        Yes I actually have tried it twice even when it is sticky. It still rises well but it is just pretty hard to roll… And I kinda really need to scrape it off my hands. Do you suggest I add a little bit more flour or will that change the consistency of the whole bread?

  10. Marta
    September 11, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Best recipe I have tried thus far, and I have tried many. I had to leave the loaves a few minutes longer (using a regular non-convection oven)than the recipe calls. Will keep it in my recipe binder to pass on to the family!!!

  11. Dawn
    November 2, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Since you’ve share this it’s now our go to for home made bread.
    Perfect every time!


  12. Julia Meliambro
    November 17, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Been using this recipe for years-thanks so much for sharing! Everyone loves it- I’ve even added raisins/cinnamon or cheese/chives to change things up. Do you think I could freeze the baked, cooled loaves and then reheat again in the oven when ready to serve?

    • Julie
      November 22, 2019 at 2:03 pm


  13. Diane
    December 17, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Thank you for this recipe, it’s a big hit with the family.
    Do you have a Whole Wheat bread recipe?

  14. Lori Klassen
    February 4, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    So if I wanted this to be fresh in the morning, would I do the first rise in the fridge overnight, then shape it and let it rise an hour at room temp then bake it?

    • Julie
      February 5, 2020 at 8:35 pm

      Yes, that should work!

  15. april atkinson
    March 18, 2020 at 9:38 am

    do you have a gf alternative that is amazing?

    • Julie
      March 22, 2020 at 11:56 am

      Sadly no.. gluten free is tricky!

  16. Michele Goessling
    March 18, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    No video?

  17. Antony44
    April 1, 2020 at 7:46 am

    I recently bought a bread machine and each time I bake bread according to a new recipe. According to your recipe, the bread was baked on the weekend, thanks, it is very tasty!

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