Friday, July 2, 2010

Sandwich Bread

Newly empowered by making my own mayonnaise, I was now faced with a need to find ways of using it up. We normally don't consume a lot of mayo but the recipe made 2 cups of it, so we racked our little brains to come up with all the different uses we could think of. One of those was: sandwiches. Yeah, I know, stop the presses. Since we stopped buying bread and started making it, I haven't been able to wander too far away from sourdough. So I don't. But faced with a mayo surplus, a nice sandwich loaf seems to be in order.
Most of the following recipes each call for something that I may or may not have hiding in my pantry at any given time. Since I can't bear the letdown of finding out at the last minute that the food I had my heart set on making requires a crucial ingredient that I don't have (breathe here), I've listed the "special" ingredient in parentheses after each one so I can know at a glance whether or not it's a green light. Green for go.*
  • Potato Bread page 18 in BH&G Homemade Bread Cook Book, 1973 (a potato)
  • An Almost No-Knead Sandwich Bread technique from The Kitchn (beer, if using the CI recipe)
  • Whole Wheat Sandwich Loaf from Rose Levy Beranbaum (dry milk)
  • Grandma's Oatmeal Bread pg 22 in BH&G Homemade Bread Cook Book, 1973 (quick cooking oats, light molasses)
  • How To Cook Everything, pages 228-230, has Sandwich Bread with variations (variations will more than likely require trip to store)
My Notes (7/9/10): Made the Cook's Illustrated Almost No Knead Bread (doubled recipe) and substituted in two cups WWW flour. Forgot the honey (oops).
 *Yellow = Caution! Substitute or go to store. Red light = Stop! Find another recipe.
    Blog Widget by LinkWithin


    1. Oooh. Share a starter with a poor little sourdough-newbie? We have this incredible German bakery here in town that does every kind of sourdough baking in the world. Seriously. Anyway, one time I was in and thought I'd buttered up the sturdy and a little cranky German woman behind the counter, so I asked if they'd sell me some starter. She looked at me through squinty eyes and said, "No. We do not. You can go now."

      Ha. She still took my money, of course, and I've been back a dozen times since and she's really nice now. But my heart still beats really hard when I walk in. It was SO Soup Nazi.

    2. Leslie: You got it! E-mail me with your mailing address and I'll send you some of my starter. I've never tried drying and reconstituting it so it'll be a fun experiment (fyi: "experiment" means it may not work).

      I absolutely loved your "sourdough nazi" story. I'm still laughing just thinking about it. You're so brave to keep going back... must be really amazing bread! Ah, well. Share the starter, share the love.


    Take a moment to say "Howdy!"... I'd love to hear from you!