French Sandwich Bread

French Sandwich Bread

I’ve got a great recipe for you today!  This French sandwich bread is simple to make and it’s my new go-to bread for all types of sandwiches. The recipe is actually an adaptation of an old French bread recipe I have on my blog. I make that recipe all the time and it’s perfect in the Winter with soup. My friend Katie started telling me about how she adapted that recipe to make a great sandwich bread and I knew I had to try it. She wasn’t kidding – this bread is so good! It’s nice and soft, but still sturdy enough to be easily sliced. I love that it’s almost half whole wheat, and the taste is perfect.  If you’re looking for a good sandwich bread, try this one – it’s been a hit around here. 🙂

French Sandwich Bread

Considering soup options to pair this French sandwich bread with?  Try one of these classics – Baked Potato Soup and Broccoli Cheese Soup – or another one of our personal favorites, Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup!

French Sandwich Bread

Yield: 2 loaves


  • 2-¼ cups Warm Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 4-½ teaspoons Yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour


  1. In a large mixer, combine water and sugar and yeast. Allow it to soften/proof for about 5 minutes. Add salt, oil, and the flour. Using the dough hook on your mixer, knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Lightly spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place the dough in the bowl. Cover the bowl with lightly greased plastic wrap and let the dough rise until it has doubled, about 1 hour.
  2. Grease 2 loaf pans with shortening or cooking spray. Gently push fist into dough to deflate; divide in half. Shape dough into loaves; place in pans. Cover; let rise in warm place 30 to 45 minutes or until doubled in size. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 min, checking at about 20 minutes. Bread should be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped.
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  1. I do love a good loaf. I’ll try this one for sure next time I’m baking some up. Love the description of the texture. Perfect for sandwiches for sure!

  2. Can you do this in a bread machine? That is the only way I can make bread.

  3. This looks yummy! Aside from the whole wheat, does this recipe require all 4 cups of the all purpose flour, or can I sub a portion for another flour, such as coconut or oat flour?

    • I’ve never used any other types of flour, so unfortunately I have no idea what kind of effect that would have on the bread. Sorry I’m not more help!

  4. I love making fresh bread, but I never do a sandwich type bread. This is definitely going to change that!

  5. Hands down, the most perfect looking bread I’ve ever seen. I love homemade bread – especially the smell of it baking 🙂

  6. This looks delicious! I always enjoy making homemade bread.

  7. This bread looks perfect 🙂 I bet it tastes amazing!

  8. mmm, i bet this bread is awesome!

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  10. I emailed this to my wife early in the AM . By the time k got home for lunch she and the baby had a perfect loaf waiting. (And she’s a terrible baker). 
    Great recipe. 

  11. Can I use only regular flour not a combo of whole wheat and regular? I haven’t any whole wheat…

  12. I made this recipe twice. The first time I baked the bread for 28 minutes and it came out great. The second time I did everything exactly the same and the loaves were really under baked. I ended up baking the bread for 45 minutes and it’s still under baked. Any advice? I loved this bread the first time I made it and it was a hit with my family.

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