Grandmom's Ham and Butter Sandwiches

4 oz sweet cream butter
or fresh if you can find it
1 loaf Italian bread
preferably on the sweet side, cut into 8 pieces of equal width
1 lb ham
preferably Italian prosciutto, cut into very thin slices.
One of our favorite road snacks was the ham and butter sandwich. While Grandmom Trigiani generally preferred more Italian-style ham, she was an equal opportunity ham buyer. And, she always had ham, in some variety, in her refrigerator. One could never go hungry if there was ham, bread, and butter in the house.
Spread the butter on both sides of the bread and layer on the ham. Now you have sandwiches!
source: Adriana and Mary Trigiani's Cooking with My Sisters