Lazy Suzie Soft + Easy Sourdough Sandwich Bread

Last Updated on November 10, 2023 by Gabby Hatten

White sandwich bread is an absolute staple in my house. Toast with peanut butter or lemon curd is my kiddos breakfast of choice. For some reason I’ve had a lot of bad luck when it comes to making soft sourdough sandwich bread. I couldn’t get the dough to rise like it should, I didn’t want to use commercial yeast, but I just couldn’t get it right… until now that is!

While using active starter is going to give you the best results when it comes to the dough rise and overall height of the loaf- this recipe is called Lazy Suzie for a reason! Maybe you fed your starter yesterday at five in the morning but it is now nine at night the next day and you need to get a loaf made for tomorrow. Maybe all you have is a jar of discard in the fridge, either way this sourdough sandwich bread recipe is for you! I love to make the dough at night so its ready to bake fresh the next morning.

**don’t know anything about sourdough? make your own sourdough starter here**
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Easy Sourdough Sandwich Bread Ingredients

  • active sourdough starter or sourdough discard (you don’t need a bubbly starter- any stage will do)
  • salt
  • water
  • sugar
  • unsalted butter/coconut oil (olive oil or avocado oil will work as well- up to your flavor preference)
  • all purpose flour/bread flour
  • yeast (if using active starter you do not need the yeast)

Tools

  • large mixing bowl with dough whisk or
  • stand mixer with dough hook attachment 
  • cooling rack
  • digital scale
  • oiled loaf pan (there are tons of bread pans & any will do- check out the favorite pullman pan here)

How to Make This Perfect Sandwich Bread

Add your starter, salt, water, and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and combine on low speed for about two minutes. Next, add your flour and butter/oil slowly. You will see a shaggy dough start from. Turning your mixer up to a medium setting, mix until bread dough is completely off the sides of the bowl and forms a ball around the dough hook. Remember, we are using the wild yeast present in sourdough instead of instant yeast. Let dough rise in a warm place for about 2 hours, this will be your first rise. I do a set of stretch and folds during this time but you don’t have to. For the bulk fermentation, place dough in fridge overnight. In the morning, place your dough onto a lightly floured surface. Stretch dough into a rectangular shape. Roll the dough, and place into your oiled bread pan. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let rise until it reaches the rim of the pan. Making sure your oven rack is in the middle, preheat your oven to 350. Bake your sandwich load for 45-50 minutes.  Let cool on a wire rack before slicing and enjoy! 

Let us know if you try out lazy suzie sourdough sandwich bread recipe in the comments below!

Easy Sourdough Discard Sandwich Bread Recipe

I call this my lazy suzie recipe because you don't have to follow a strict schedule or have perfectly active bubbly sourdough starter.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
resting time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 130 g sourdough starter or discard
  • 10 g salt
  • 250 g water
  • 15 g honey
  • 64 g butter or oil softened, room temp
  • 500 g bread flour all purpose
  • 10 g yeast

Instructions

  • Add your starter, salt, water, yeast and honey to the bowl of a stand mixer and combine on low speed for about two minutes.
    Next, add your flour and butter/oil slowly. You will see a shaggy dough start form.
  • Turning your mixer up to a medium setting, mix until bread dough is completely off the sides of the bowl and forms a ball around the dough hook.
  • Let dough rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, this will be your first rise.
  • I do a set of stretch and folds during this time but you don’t have to.
  • Once dough has doubled, turn out onto your counter. shape into a rectangle, roll tightly into a log. place in buttered pan.
  • Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let rise until it reaches the rim of the pan.
  • Making sure your oven rack is in the middle, preheat your oven to 350℉
  • Bake your sandwich load for 45-50 minutes.
  • Let cool on a wire rack before slicing and enjoy!

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Gabby Hatten
Gabby Hatten
Hello there, I'm Gabby! I am a mother of three, married to my wonderful husband Marco, and I have a deep passion for simple living, vintage homes, and cooking everything from scratch! Although I grew up in Las Vegas, my husband's military service brought us to the east coast, where we have now made coastal North Carolina our home. While I didn't grow up on a farm, I have always been fascinated by that lifestyle and have dedicated my adult life to learning and embracing those skills, which I am excited to share with all of you!

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