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I have to ask this question as I really tried hard to achieve a soft crust for sandwich bread but couldn't succeed. I have tried lots of techniques and different recipes but I really couldn't make a bread having a very soft crust that we get in supermarkets. And many recipes say to bake the sandwich bread at 200 degrees C and many other say 180 degrees C, but what is the ideal temperature to bake a sandwich bread with really soft crust? I know that crusty bread is good but many people, especially children don't like to have a crusty sandwich bread!

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related : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/9316/67 –  Joe Dec 5 '13 at 1:18
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Use a Pullman loaf pan (aka Pain de Mie pan). You'll also get a square loaf great for sandwiches. Grilled cheese, anyone?

The lid inhibits a "crusty" crust on all sides, just like a regular loaf pan does on all sides but the top.

Pullman

Pullman2

I use my 9" Pullman all the time. These are my two favorite, foolproof Pain de Mie recipes.

Honey Oat

White

I don't know that it's always the right temperature for soft crusts, but for those loaves, I always use 350F (175C).

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The ideal temperature is going to vary depending on your specific formula, the size of your loaves, and so on, so I cannot comment on that.

To encourage a soft crust:

  • Use a formula that is enriched with milk or butter for a softer crumb, as well as a softer crust
  • Use a loaf pan, as only the top crust will get the extra development from being exposed directly to the air of the oven, which allows it to more easily dry out
  • Don't use steam in the oven to encourage crust development
  • Don't brush the top of the loaf before baking with anything or brush with milk or cream
  • Do brush the top of the loaf after baking with melted butter
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One more to add: Once its mostly cool, put it in a plastic bag. Store in the plastic bag. That'll make almost any crust soft. –  derobert Sep 25 '13 at 20:30
    
Brushing with milk actually makes the crust softer. –  ElendilTheTall Sep 26 '13 at 13:39
    
So should I brush with the milk in the beginning or after baking? –  Chandan Soni Sep 28 '13 at 3:36
    
@ChandanSoni brush it just before you put it in the oven –  ElendilTheTall Dec 4 '13 at 22:02
    
These comments should be edited into the post itself, especially yours @derobert. –  Robert Cartaino Dec 5 '13 at 21:51
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