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: 50
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 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

Keywords: subway bread recipe, subway copycat recipe, easy hero bread recipe, best sandwich bread recipe, subway bread

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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.

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

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

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ash

is that cooking temp in Fahrenheit so us in countries that done use Fahrenheit need to convert?

ash
ash

my oven doesn’t go to 350 degrees…it goes 250 and than high… shall I just stick it on high??

Chuck
Chuck

Great tasting, perhaps a little less salt.
My sub buns came out about half the thickness but were proportional and fluffy inside 10″ length. I will try again but double up on the ingredients to see if they come out the full thickness and height

Alice
Alice

These turned out perfect and everyone loves them. The butter at the end really softens them up.

Steph
Steph

This recipe is great! I wanted a sandwich for lunch but didn’t have any bread and found this recipe and tried it. The buns turned awesome! In fact I loved it so much that I used this same recipe for pizza dough and it really worked. The crust was fantastic! This recipe is a keeper and I will definitely use it again in the future. Thanks!!!!

Andre Salfarlie
Andre Salfarlie

This sucked. Maybe I did something wrong but this was horrible. Hard bread. Nothing like subway.

Emma
Emma

You dont sat what kind of yeast you use?

H S D
H S D

I followed the recipe exactly except I used whole wheat flour. The result was four breadsticks. Nowhere near the size of subs. Was this due to using wheat flour?

Conor
Conor

Same…was Very sad

Tara
Tara

My bread rose nicely, then fell completely flat during baking! So sad! I’ve made A lot of bread before and never had that happen. And this was my kids’ first time and it flopped. Any idea why?

Anita
Anita

So I don’t have a dough hook…can I do this recipe without one?

Sabrina
Sabrina

Mmmm can’t wait to fill. Recipe worked perfectly

Yiffie
Yiffie

My daughter was craving Subway, but we’re avoiding eating out now. This recipe was the perfect fix. I followed it letter by letter, and the resualt is amazing! Thank you

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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.