Sandwich Bread Recipe Without Milk (2024)

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I've been baking bread for my family for over 30 years.

During that time, I experimented with different flour, yeast, oil, butter, and sweeteners. I've baked bread with whole, skim, and powdered milk. And also with water.

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I've kneaded the dough by hand, in a Kitchenaid stand mixer, and even with a breadmaker.

I started by following "the rules" of breadmaking. Now I just do my own thing.

Eventually, I experimented with vintage bread recipes. I even learned how to make sourdough starter without using yeast.

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And guess what? By combining a few different tricks and old recipes, I came up with my favorite bread recipe. So here it is - Sarita's frugal homemade sandwich bread recipe.

Frugal Homemade Sandwich Bread Recipe

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I like combining whole-wheat and white all-purpose flour in this recipe for a couple of reasons.

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One, my family likes the flavor the whole wheat flour brings.

Two, because whole wheat flour is a little heavier than the white all-purpose flour, the bread doesn't rise quite as high as a totally white flour loaf would.

So it's easier for slicing for sandwiches, making the loaf a little more dense and better for keeping cold cuts and veggies in place.

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When it comes to sweeteners and fats in bread, this homemade frugal sandwich bread recipe is pretty forgiving regarding substitutions.

I made this bread with three tablespoons of white sugar and three tablespoons of brown sugar instead of honey.

If you like the dark, rich molasses flavor, I think you could probably substitute 2 ½ tablespoons instead of the honey with good results.

If you prefer to avoid using butter, try a lightly flavored vegetable oil like canola. For a flakier crust and a more Italian-style flavor, use olive oil.

Finally, to make this recipe your own, experiment with adding dried herbs to the dough - especially if you plan on serving this homemade bread with soup or stew. Try rosemary, oregano, parsley, or basil.

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Frugal Homemade Sandwich Bread Recipe

This frugal homemade sandwich bread recipe makes two loaves of sliceable, freezable, tasty sandwich bread


  • 2 ½ cups of hot tap water
  • 4 ½ teaspoons traditional yeast
  • 2 ½ tablespoons of honey
  • ¼ cup room-temperature butter
  • 5 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 rounded teaspoon salt


    1. Pour water into a large bowl (or bowl of Kitchenaid Stand Mixer)
    2. Add yeast
    3. Add honey
    4. Mix yeast and honey gently with water
    5. Let yeast-honey-water mixture sit for 10 minutes
    6. Add butter
    7. Add 2 cups of white flour
    8. Add salt
    9. Use a large wooden spoon OR set mixer on low and gradually mix in flour
    10. Gradually add one to two cups of flour until the dough is too hard to mix with the spoon OR starts forming a ball in the bowl of your stand mixer
    11. Turn dough out onto a floured surface
    12. Using your hands, gradually work in additional flour until the dough isn't sticky
    13. Knead the dough by hand until smooth - approximately four to five minutes
    14. Form into one large dough ball
    15. Place the large dough ball into a large, greased bowl (I use butter to grease it) and turn the ball so it's coated on all sides
    16. Cover bowl with a clean tea towel and set in a cold oven to rise for one hour or until the dough has almost doubled in size
    17. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and punch down gently to remove all the air. Shape the dough into two loaves and place into two greased loaf pans
    18. Cover loaf pans with a tea towel and return to cold oven to rise for about 40 minutes
    19. Remove the loaf pans to counter
    20. Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, then place loaf pans in the oven
    21. Immediately increase heat to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
    22. Bake for 23 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when you tap them
    23. Cool in loaf pans on rack for 5 minutes
    24. Remove from loaf pans and cool on wire rack


Nutrition Information

Yield 30 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 118Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 4mgSodium 84mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 3g

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  1. Addison

    This is such a great bread recipe! Easy to make, only pantry staples, and so delicious!

  2. Lisa Douglas

    This was SUCH an amazing bread to make for a first timer! I was thoroughly surprised by how great it came out! We're in high elevation and it had to cook for a bit longer here and I was nervous but it came out amazingly!!! Yay! Thank you!

  3. Shruthi

    I was craving sandwiches for lunch and realized our bread was moldy last minute! Didn't want to run to the store, so I am so glad I found this recipe. It was so fresh and soft and just perfect (and so easy to make!)

  4. Nicole

    I am so in love with this recipe! Homemade bread is the best and this recipe is so easy and delicious!

  5. Sarita

    Sorry - just seeing this now. So glad you love it!

  6. Lauren Hinsman

    Hello! I am making this bread for the 5th time today! Thank you for sharing your recipe. We really love it for toast and sandwiches.

  7. Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

    That is a beautiful and perfect loaf of bread! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party! Have a great week.

  8. Kelly

    A great bread that holds together well and slices thin for sandwiches can be hard to find. Thank you for sharing this great recipe. We're featuring you on the Homestead Blog Hop this Wednesday!

  9. Melissa

    Thanks for sharing with us at Farm Fresh Tuesdays Blog Hop! Your sandwich bread is one of my features at this week's hop. Be sure to stop by to see your feature and say hi!
    See you there!
    Melissa | Little Frugal Homestead

  10. Sarita Harbour

    Hi Paulette! Yes, you can use quick rising yeast for traditional yeast. I know the manufacturer says the measurements are the same, but I find that unless I use slightly less yeast, the bread gets too puffy and isn't so good for sandwiches. So I use slightly less than the teaspoon or tablespoon measurement (it's a bit of trial-and-error as your location can impact this as well due to altitude.) Also, with the quick-rise yeast, you don't need to let your bread rise twice. So what I do if I'm using quick-rise is to knead the dough, then instead of letting it rise in the bowl I immediately put it into greased loaf pans, cover with a clean tea towel and let it rise in a cold oven - right in the pans.

  11. Paulette MacKay

    Hello, can I use quick rising yeast for the traditional yeast?? If so are the measurements the same??

  12. Sarita Harbour

    You are so right - fresh bread and soup are delicious! Hope you and your family enjoy the recipe!

  13. Amanda @ Healthy House on the Block

    Fresh bread is a MUST for our house when it's soup night! What a great alternative to store-bought. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe-- I can't wait to try it!

  14. liz

    Yum! There is nothing better than fresh bread! Thanks for sharing on Homestead Blog Hop!

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