Sandwich bread

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A commercially produced sandwich bread
A commercially produced sandwich bread
Tai Pan Bread & Cakes Co. sandwich bread, manufactured in Hong Kong
Tai Pan Bread & Cakes Co. sandwich bread, manufactured in Hong Kong

Sandwich bread (also referred to as sandwich loaf)[1] is bread that is prepared specifically to be used for the preparation of sandwiches.[2][3][4] Sandwich breads are produced in many varieties, such as white, whole wheat, sourdough, rye, multigrain[1][5][6][7] and others. Sandwich bread may be formulated to slice easily,[8] cleanly or uniformly, and may have a fine crumb (the soft, inner part of bread) and a light texture.[4] Sandwich bread may be designed to have a balanced proportion of crumb and crust, whereby the bread holds and supports fillings in place and reduces drips and messiness.[3][4] Some may be designed to not become crumbly, hardened, dried or have too squishy a texture.[2][9] Sandwich bread can refer to cross-sectionally square, sliced white and wheat bread, which has been described as "perfectly designed for holding square luncheon meat".[10] The bread used for preparing finger sandwiches is sometimes referred to as sandwich bread.[10] Pain de mie is a sandwich loaf.[11][12] Some sandwich breads are designed for use in the creation of specific types of sandwiches, such as the submarine sandwich.[13] For barbecuing, use of a high-quality white sandwich bread has been described as suitable for toasting over a fire.[14] Gluten-free sandwich bread may be prepared using gluten-free flour, teff flour,[15][16] and other ingredients.

In the United States[edit]

In the 1930s in the United States, the term sandwich loaf referred to sliced bread.[10] In contemporary times, U.S. consumers sometimes refer to white bread such as Wonder Bread as sandwich bread and sandwich loaf.[1] Wonder Bread produced and marketed a bread called Wonder Round sandwich bread, which was designed to be used with round-shaped cold cuts and other fillings such as eggs and hamburgers, but it was discontinued due to low consumer demand.[17] American sandwich breads have historically included some fat derived from the use of milk or oil to enrich the bread.[4] Thin-sliced breads, wherein the bread is sliced somewhat thinner than customary, are often labeled as "sandwich bread".

Commercial sandwich bread[edit]

Pepperidge Farm produces breads designed and marketed to be used in sandwich preparation.[18][19] Nature's Pride is another brand that has produced sandwich bread. Bonn Group of Industries, a food company based in Ludhiana Punjab, India, produces a product called Super Sandwich Bread. Some supermarket chains, such as H-E-B, produce their own store brands of sandwich bread.[20] Some mass-produced sandwich breads are sliced before being packaged,[3][21] while others are packaged unsliced. Some companies, such as Nissen, also produce sandwich rolls.[22]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2012, the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show held The Fleischmann's yeast "Sensational Sandwich Bread" contest, in which contestants submitted their homemade sandwich bread prepared using Fleischmann's Yeast.[23] Breads were judged under the criteria of appearance, flavor, texture, sandwich filling and creativity.[23] The contest included cash prizes and state and national grand-prize winners.[23]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Baking Industry. Clissold Publishing Company. June 1, 1922. p. 1107.
  3. ^ a b c "Bridor Launches Soft Artisan Sandwich Bread Line – Restaurant News". QSR magazine. November 4, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Rubel, William. "Basic Sandwich Bread Recipe". Mother Earth News. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  5. ^ Reinhart, P. (2010). Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day: Fast and Easy Recipes for World-Class Breads. Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony. p. 109. ISBN 978-1-60774-086-5.
  6. ^ Reinhart, P.; Manville, R. (2011). Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor. Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony. ISBN 978-1-60774-130-5.
  7. ^ Pitzer, S. (1980). Baking with Sourdough: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-50. Garden Way Publishing bulletin. Storey Publishing, LLC. p. 11. ISBN 978-1-60342-407-3.
  8. ^ Rombauer, I.S.; Becker, M.R.; Becker, E.; Guarnaschelli, M. (1997). JOC All New Rev. – 1997. Scribner. p. 744. ISBN 978-0-684-81870-2.
  9. ^ Roberts 2008, p. 158.
  10. ^ a b c Palmatier, R.A. (2000). Food: A Dictionary of Literal and Nonliteral Terms. ABC-Clio ebook. Greenwood Press. p. 312. ISBN 978-0-313-31436-0.
  11. ^ Juan, M.J. (2011). Diccionario práctico de gastronomía y salud: Con más de 5.000 entradas, recetario, refranero y dichos populares del autor (in Spanish). Editorial Díaz de Santos, S.A. p. 1383. ISBN 978-84-9969-037-7.
  12. ^ Steves, R. (2014). Rick Steves' Spain 2014. Rick Steves. Avalon Travel Publishing. ISBN 978-1-61238-674-4.
  13. ^ Roberts 2008, p. 156.
  14. ^ Mauer, D. (2006). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grilling. The Complete Idiot's Guide. DK Publishing. p. 276. ISBN 978-1-4406-9671-8.
  15. ^ Keough, K.E. (2009). Sugar-free Gluten-free Baking and Desserts: Recipes for Healthy and Delicious Cookies, Cakes, Muffins, Scones, Pies, Puddings, Breads and Pizzas. Ulysses Press. p. 88. ISBN 978-1-56975-704-8.
  16. ^ Katzinger, J.; Barnard, K. (2012). Gluten-Free and Vegan Bread: Artisanal Recipes to Make at Home. Sasquatch Books. pp. 83–85. ISBN 978-1-57061-834-5.
  17. ^ Bread, W.; Gong, L. (2007). The Wonder Bread Cookbook: An Inventive and Unexpected Recipe Collection from Wonder. Cookery, Food and Drink Series. Ten Speed Press. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-58008-807-7. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  18. ^ Sosland, Josh. "Dynamic bread market shows bakers sharpening elbows for shelf space". Food Business News. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  19. ^ "White Calcium Enriched Sliced Sandwich Bread". Pepperidge Farm. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  20. ^ Ojeda, Louis Jr. (May 5, 2010). "HEB recalls wheat sandwich bread". KXXV-TV News Channel 25. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  21. ^ Bittman, M.; De Salve Villedieu, O. (2014). How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 137. ISBN 978-0-470-93630-6.
  22. ^ Milling and Baking News. Sosland Pub. 1987. Retrieved April 30, 2015. Quote: "Nissen gounnet sandwich rolls, eight per package and in poppyseed, sesame, plain and com meal varieties..."
  23. ^ a b c "Entries sought for sandwich-bread contest". KWWL. June 5, 2012. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2015.


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