Homemade Subway Bread Recipe

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Perfect Homemade Subway Bread recipe, just like the restaurant. This recipes makes a perfect copycat loaf of Subway bread for sandwiches at home.

I love making homemade bread. It’s easier than you think-try these simple bread recipes: Homemade Italian Bread, Easy Bread Sticks Recipe and Mom’s 4 Loaf Wheat Bread Recipe.

Homemade Subway Bread

You guys, they turned out amazing! Really and truly. Plus, it wasn’t all that hard to do. Next time I’m going to double the recipe so that I have some leftovers and I’m going to try to freeze them. Lucky for me, I found a jar of pickled banana peppers in the pantry too. My sandwich was half banana peppers and half everything else because those are my favorite thing ever.

The homemade Subway bread was just perfect. It had a very soft crust (thanks to a little butter and letting them steam in a towel as they cooled) and a light middle, and it kind of smashed into nothing when you ate it. Just like the real thing. Sure, Subway is cheap, but it’s pretty fun to make them at home. Your family will be shocked and amazed at your mad skills and you’ll be able to put on as many banana peppers as your heart desires. Best deal ever!

Homemade Subway Bread Recipe

Just top with your favorite sandwich toppings and a heavy hand of mayo and you’ll have yourself something ridiculously close to an authentic Subway sandwich made at home. Even if you aren’t craving Subway, this homemade Subway bread recipe is a great one to keep on hand for any future hoagie needs.

Tips and Tricks for making Homemade Subway Bread:

  • I have had a few people email me and say that just before baking they brushed the outside of the dough with olive oil or butter and then sprinkled on some Italian seasoning and some Parmesan cheese for a great homemade Subway Italian Herb and Cheese bread. I can’t wait to try this myself.
  • This bread froze just about as well as other breads. It was still soft but seemed a bit dryer after freezing. Fresh is best but they do freeze and thaw well.
  • Like pickled banana peppers as much as I do? Check out my recipe on how to make easy refrigerated pickled banana peppers (great use for extra garden or farmer’s market produce).

Homemade Subway Bread Recipe

How do I know how much flour to add to bread dough?

If you haven’t ever made dough before, the goal is to add just enough flour for it to be a soft but not sticky dough. If you add too much flour, you’ll end up with Subway bricks instead of bread.

Can I still make homemade bread without a stand mixer?

No stand mixer? This recipe can be made by hand, just be sure to knead it for a full 8 minutes. That’s a long time but developing the gluten helps the bread to be soft.

Can I incorporate whole wheat flour in this bread recipe?

This recipe works well with half whole wheat flour mixed with half all-purpose flour for whole wheat sub buns.

Homemade Subway Bread Recipe

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Homemade Subway Bread Recipe


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 1 hr 35 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: Makes 4 9-inch sub buns 1x

Description

Perfect homemade Subway bread recipe, just like the restaurant. This recipe makes a perfect copycat loaf of Subway bread for sandwiches at home.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the water, yeast, sugar, salt, and olive oil. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Add 1 cup of flour and mix with the dough hook for 3 to 5 minutes. Add an additional cup of flour and mix until well combined. Continue adding the flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until a soft dough is formed. The dough should still stick to the bottom of of the bowl, but pull away from the sides. Let the dough mix for around 8 minutes total.
  3. When the dough has come together but is still sticking a bit to the bottom of the bowl, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. The dough should be very soft. Shape the dough into a ball and return it to the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for a half hour.
  4. After the dough has risen, turn it out onto a clean surface and divide it into 4. Roll each piece of dough into a long skinny loaf that is about 9 to 10 inches long.
  5. Place the rolled loaves onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or a baking mat. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Allow at least 2 inches between each loaf on the pan.
  6. Cover the loaves with a greased piece of plastic wrap and allow the loaves to rise until doubled, about an hour.
  7. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. When the loaves are ready, bake them in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  8. When the loaves come out of the oven, rub the tops with a stick of butter and cover them with a dish towel to cool.
  9. Let the loaves cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting down the middle and topping with your favorite sandwich fixings.

Notes

Rubbing the loaves with butter and covering them with a towel to cool are part of what keeps them very soft, so be sure not to miss those steps.

  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 8 SERVING SIZE: 1/2 of 1 sub bun
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244 Fat: 7.6g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 439.3mg Carbohydrates: 38.3g Sugars: 1.7g Protein: 5.8g Vitamin A: 0µg Vitamin C: 0mg

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Recipe adapted from Copycat Recipe Guide.

This recipe was originally published in March 2013 and republished in July 2017 with new pictures, new text, and an updated based on retesting and reader feedback. Enjoy!

NOTE: One of the awesome Bless this Mess readers, Kim, had great success using her bread machine to make this recipe. Since so many have asked about that I thought I would share her notes. Kim said that she let the bread machine run the full dough cycle (which is 1.5 hours long). After the cycle she shaped the loaves and let them rise for an hour before baking. Here’s how Kim’s homemade sub bun turned out:

Thank you for sharing Kim! I hope that helps someone else out too.

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Keith
Keith

The wife has been craving Subway and being a little nervous to eat out these days (covid) I came across your recipe. We were both completely blown away. The smell, taste and texture were an exact match!!! Thank you!

Lk
Lk

I would like to try this but how do I do it without a mixer? (I.e. by hand). Do I add the flour gradually still and just mix with a spoon then kneed for 8 minutes? Will I over kneed it?

Tammy F
Tammy F

These hoagie buns was awsome! Will start making these from now really better than subway and oh so sooooft!

Stefanie F.
Stefanie F.

I’ve made these twice now and they’re amazing!! I’m not sure I’ll ever buy a sub roll again!💕

Joe
Joe

Can i make these buns without a mixer

Lou
Lou

I have done this a few times now and once again…I get flatbread. Delicious flatbread, but I would prefer to do it properly. Any advice? I follow directions, looks and smells fabulous until the last 10 minutes in the oven-then it deflates….

Jill jones
Jill jones

Can you please tell me which number on the stand up mixer you use when mixing? Thank you.
Jill

Brandi
Brandi

I just got a kitchen aid mixer and it says that it doesn’t need as much time to knead it as other mixers, should I do the 8minutes as 4 minutes? It says half the time. I am new to a stand mixer of any kind.

Amber
Amber

I made these tonight and they were delicious! My house smelled like subway and my hubby was really impressed with the buns. He is really picky about homemade bread and was looking for that soft fluffy texture and this recipe nailed it! I did mix the water, yeast and sugar and let it get foamy before adding the oil and salt. That’s just what I was taught.

Cindy
Cindy

I mixed all the ingredients and my yeast didn’t foam. So I threw it out and then mixed water sugar and yeast . Came out perfect

Riki Gandhi
Riki Gandhi

I have used only wheat flour with your recipe.. what changes do I need to make or will it become same like yours ?

Erin
Erin

For those saying the dough didnt rise, I would recommend proofing the yeast first. Mix the yeast with the warm water and add the sugar. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. It should be foamy. If not, your yeast didnt work. Once foamy add the other ingredients and continue with the recipe. I do this for ALL yeast regardless of what type of yeast it is because too many times when I’ve just added the yeast to the recipe, my dough doesnt rise.
The recipe is great and tastes very similar to the subway bread! Thanks.

Debra
Debra

Very excited to make these today. Question: can you form them into shorter rolls to make more of them, and if so, what would you adjust the baking time to?

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.