This week's theme is compliments of one of my BB Bishes! She's the girliest of us all and won't leave the house without lipgloss! Yep, it's Stephanie from The Blue Zoo. I am so glad she asked for BREAD. Like the title says...there really isn't anything better than sliced bread. Despite what all those cliches are. You know about stuff being better than sliced bread. Whatever! I seriously could live on bread and cheese forever. You know, as long as you throw in some Diet Coke!
Bread is one of those things that everyone now thinks is so hard to make, and really it isn't. Just takes a little patience is all. I know that in this day and age it's all go go go, all the time. However, there is something really satisfying about baking a loaf of bread. Really Smackers! I would not steer you wrong!
So what's the recipe today?
Honey White Bread
6 Cups of All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 package active dry yeast
2 cups of low fat milk
1/2 cup of honey
3 Tablespoons of Heavy Cream
3 Tablespoons of Butter
In a bowl, sift 3 cups of flour. Add salt and package of active dry yeast. Set aside. Over medium low heat, warm the butter, milk, honey and cream until all ingredients are just combined. (You should be able to stick your finger in the milk mixture without burning yourself.)
In a large mixer with a dough hook, combine the flour mixture and the milk mixture on low speed. (if you don't have a mixer with a dough hook, combine the ingredients in a large bowl.) Turn the mixer up on medium and gradually incorporate the additional 3 cups of flour. Let the mixture knead in the mixer for five minutes. (If you are kneading on the countertop it will only take about five minutes as well. Just work the additional three cups in and knead for five minutes.)
(This is what the dough should look like.)
Coat the bottom and sides of a large bowl with a bit of olive oil and turn the dough to cover all the sides. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise for 2 hours.
It should have doubled in size. Punch the center of the dough. Recover with the towel and let the dough rise for another hour and a half. Punch the dough and turn in out onto a floured surface.
Grease or spray with cooking spray two large or three medium bread pans. Cut the dough into equal portions and add to your pans. Cover and let rise one final time. The loaves should double in size after about an hour.
Preheat oven and cook bread for 25 minutes at 425 degrees.
Remove from pans and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
BDC is a BIG FAN of honey butter. So I whipped some up this afternoon to go with the bread. Now, usually I am not a fan of honey butter, but I have to say with this bread? AMAZEBALLS!
What you need:
2 sticks of butter
1/2 cup good honey
Throw 2 sticks of room temperature butter and 1/2 cup of honey in the food processor. (Again, if you don't have one you can whip by hand with a whisk.) If you spray the measuring cup with a bit of cooking spray before measuring the honey it will come right out! Whip together in the food processor until you can't see honey anymore. Put in the refrigerator until the bread comes out of the oven. Take it out when you remove the bread so it can soften up a bit.
Well there you have it Smackers.
My favorite thing. Bread. I LOVE BREAD! Thanks for having us all Share this week Steph!
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I'm a fast talkin', smack talkin', food lovin', recipe writin', ADHD sufferin', joke tellin', wit swappin', SNARKTASTIC mommy of five. I married Prince Charming who just so happens to be a Star Wars geek, and we are living happily ever after. I tend to over share, lose my cool and make rash generalizations. I'm teaching my kids to love everyone and appreciate all things. Did I mention I love FOOD?