Baking bread doesn't have to be intimidating and this easy bread recipe for the World's Fastest Sandwich Bread is proof. Get ready to never want to buy store bought bread again!
Combine flour, yeast, sugar, salt, water and 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in the bowl of your stand mixer. Stir with a sturdy spatula until a wet dough forms (it will look shaggy).
Use the dough hook attachment to knead the dough until it comes together, about 4 minutes. Form it into a smooth ball.
Cover the bowl with a towel and allow the dough to rise for 15 minutes (placing the bowl in a warm spot will help this process).
Once the 15 minutes are up, divide the sough in half and shape each half into a tight ball.
Place each dough ball into the ungreased loaf pans and drizzle the other two tablespoons of olive oil over the top of them. Using a sharp knife, slash the tops of each loaf around 1/4 inch deep.
Place the loaves in a cold oven on the middle rack and place a pan of hot tap water on the rack below it (I used one of my 9" x 13" pans filled about half way). Do not preheat the oven- this is important!
Set the oven to 400 degrees and bake for 40 minutes (this includes the preheating time once the loaves are in).
After the 40 minutes is up, remove the loaves from the oven and cool completely on a cooling rack.