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    March 29, 2019

    A Chef’s Home Recipe: American Sweet Bread

    Samantha Allen of Wentworth & Fenn loves this childhood recipe

    American sweet bread with everything spice. Photo courtesy of Wentworth & Fenn

    Every chef has a favorite recipe that they cook religiously at home. In this series, we ask a chef to share their favorite go-to home recipe. These recipes have no frills, just homey and comforting that they love to make on their days off. When Samantha Allen of Wentworth & Fenn was asked she immediately went to her childhood – to the days when bread and butter was always on the dinner table. Her recipe for American sweet bread is easy and is a good base to add additional seeds, herbs, or spices. —Justin Burke-Samson





    American Sweet Bread


    • 2 cups warm water
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
    • 6 cups bread flour
    • 2/3 cups granulated sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
    • 1/4 cup neutral oil


    1. In small bowl, combine water and yeast and set aside to bloom.
    2. Using a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, combine flour, sugar, and salt on low.  
    3. With the mixer on low, slowly add the oil then add the bloomed yeast.
    4. Mix on medium until combined and dough pulls away from the side of the bowl, being careful not to over mix.
    5. Transfer dough to a large bowl coated with cooking spray, cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let proof until doubled in size.
    6. On a floured surface, form dough into desired shape. If using a loaf pan spray the pan before adding dough, then let proof again until doubled.
    7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    8. Bake until internal temperature is between 180-210 degrees, roughly 35-55 minutes depending on shape and size of loaves.
    9. Remove and let cool on a wire rack.

    NOTE: If adding seeds, herbs or spices to the dough, mix in with dry ingredients.

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