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WW Sandwich Loaf?

Mylissa20's picture

WW Sandwich Loaf?

*Disclaimer*  I am VERY new to ww bread baking and am the only ww bread baker I know so you guys are the only ones who can answer my novice questions :)

I have been making the Loaf for Learning from Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book, and while I absolutely love the taste and texture of the loaf, my husband complains that the individual slices are too small for a good hearty sandwich.  Is there a trick to using the same recipe to get a higher-rising loaf?  Can I simply do 1 1/2 times the recipe and put it in the same pan for a larger bread?  I know Peter R. has a whole grain bread book with good sandwich loaf recipes, but I wanted to know how to trouble shoot this problem for future reference.  Thanks!

dolfs's picture

I don't have Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book, and so I cannot comment on the specific recipe and how to modify it. My general guideline is to use 1.5 to 1.7 lbs of dough for a standard (8.5x11) loaf pan.

I use these amounts for my multi-grain oatmeal sandwich loaf which I have made many times now. My family, including my 7 year old, really likes it. It rises about 2" above the rim of my loaf pan (see photos in linked post above) and provides a nice, soft but sturdy, crumb. It is loosely based on a Peter R. recipe.

I know that doesn't trouble shoot your existing recipe, but give it a try and you might get some useful hints from it, or you (your husband) might just plain like it.

xaipete's picture

As dolfs says, about 1.5 pounds is the right size for a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch pan (I think that's the size he's recommending--probably made a little typo there). You can also add a little vital gluten to the loaf. The vital gluten will help give you more oven spring. Try adding a couple of tablespoons per loaf. If you use the vital gluten, you will also have to add a little more water or liquid.


dolfs's picture

I had the dimension of a loaf pan in my head, but that of a piece of paper in my fingers. Yes, 8.5x4.5.