A commercially produced sandwich bread
A commercially produced sandwich bread
Sliced white bread
Sliced white bread

Sandwich bread (also referred to as pan bread, loaf bread, or 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 is overwhelmingly commercially baked and pre-sliced, though any similar shaped loaf can be turned into sandwiches by hand. It may be formulated to slice easily,[8] cleanly or uniformly, and may have a fine crumb (texture) and light body.[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 compressible 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]


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

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] 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".

Examples of U.S. bakers that produce sandwich bread are Wonder, Pepperidge Farm, [13][14] and Nature's Pride. Some supermarket chains, such as Texas-based H-E-B, produce their own store brands of sandwich bread.[15] Bonn Group of Industries of Ludhiana Punjab, India, produces a product called Super Sandwich Bread. Tai Pan Bread and Cakes Co. produces sandwich bread in Hong Kong. Mass-produced sandwich breads are sliced before being packaged.[3][16]

Japanese milk bread, a specific style of sandwich bread, is popular in Asia, particularly in Japan, and has artisan status there.[17][18] Bread was not a traditional food in Japan, but it came into culinary use there after the American response to post-World War II Japanese rice shortages included relief shipments of wheat.[19] The style of bread became popular outside Asia in the 2020s.[20][21][22]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Mercuri, B. (2009). American Sandwich. Gibbs Smith, Publisher. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-4236-1192-9.
  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.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Sosland, Josh. "Dynamic bread market shows bakers sharpening elbows for shelf space". Food Business News. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  14. ^ "White Calcium Enriched Sliced Sandwich Bread". Pepperidge Farm. Archived from the original on April 25, 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  15. ^ Ojeda, Louis Jr. (May 5, 2010). "HEB recalls wheat sandwich bread". KXXV-TV News Channel 25. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ Moskin, Julia (22 April 2014). "Three Recipes to Savor to the Last Crumb (Published 2014)". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  18. ^ Imada, Kaila (13 February 2023). "What makes shokupan so popular – and where you can buy it". Time Out Tokyo. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  19. ^ Krader, Kate (18 September 2019). "Japanese Milk Bread Is Coming for Your Lunch". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  20. ^ Beckett, Lois (11 December 2022). "LA's 'orgasmic' $18 Japanese milk bread sells out in seconds every day". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  21. ^ Trinh, Jean (9 November 2022). "LA's Latest Hot-Ticket Food Item Is a Plush Loaf of Japanese Bread Baked in a Ghost Kitchen". Eater LA. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  22. ^ Sims, Alex (28 December 2022). "That hyped £11 milk bread has arrived in London". Time Out London. Retrieved 30 July 2023.


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