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Pullman Sandwich Bread aka Pain de Mie Recipe

Pain de mie is a French sandwich bread with four square corners baked in a Pullman loaf pan.  This simple, easy and effortless recipe for Pullman sandwich bread makes a light and fluffy loaf of bread with perfect four square corners, delicate soft texture, soft crumb and delicious flavor that melts in the mouth. 
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Course: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Pullman Bread Recipe, Pullman Sandwich Bread, Sandwich Bread Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 2 loaves
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Veena Azmanov


  • 375 ml Warm milk
  • 50 grams Butter
  • 1 Egg large
  • 2 1/4 tsp Instant dry yeast 1 packet
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 440 grams All-purpose flour
  • 50 grams All-purpose flour for kneading


Prepare Yeast

  • Ensure milk is warm, not hot (about 110 F).
  • Add the yeast, sugar, and egg.
  • Stir and set aside to foam for 5 mins.

Prepare Dough

  • Add flour in a mixer bowl.
  • Mix in the salt and yeast mixture.
  • Knead on medium speed for about a minutes scraping the sides of the bowl.
  • Once all the flour is incorporated.
  • Knead the dough for three minutes until smooth.
  • The dough will be soft and sticky.
  • Next, add the soft room temperature butter.
  • knead again for 2 minutes until smooth and elastic but still soft.

Prove Dough (1st rise)

  • Remove the dough from the mixer bowl onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Form into a smooth ball.
  • Place in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Leave to rise in a warm place for about an hour until doubled in volume.

Shape the Loaf

  • When the dough is double in volume invert on to a lightly floured surface.
  • Divide into two - to make two loaves.
  • Start to roll like a jelly roll.
  • Fold from top to the center then again once more towards the end.
  • Pinch the seams together.
  • Place into a buttered Pullman loaf pan seam side down.

Prove Loaf (2nd rise)

  • Cover loaf pan with plastic wrap.
  • Let rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes until almost 2 inches from the top rim of the loaf pan.
  • Once you see your dough is almost halfway up the sides - preheat the oven to 190 C / 380 F for at least 10 minutes.

Bake Loaf

  • Cover the loaf pan with its lid.
  • Place the loaf pan on the center rack in the hot oven.
  • Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes.
  • The bread is done - when you tap the bottom of your loaf and you will hear a hollow sound.
  • Partially open the lid and let cool for 10 minutes - before you remove and let cool completely.
  • Always let bread rest for at least an hour before you cut - this is the hardest part!!
  • Enjoy!



Serving: 100g | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.2g | Protein: 7.7g | Fat: 4.9g | Saturated Fat: 2.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 582mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 2.9g | Vitamin A: 0% | Vitamin C: 0% | Calcium: 0% | Iron: 0%