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Share a Spoon - There REALLY isn't ANYTHING better than Sliced Bread!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Think Tank Momma

Welcome to Share a Spoon Smackers!
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!
Honey Butter
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!
Now, I have a few more recipes over at Sharing in the Kitchen with Momma B from Maurnie.  A sweet and a savory.
AND...don't forget to visit all the linky loos!  You know you want to make some bread!


Buffee said...

I bet this was some kind of yummy! But I'm never making it! Ha!

I just don't have that kind of patience.

But I would love for you to make me some!

Anonymous said...

Yum!! I love honey butter!! Sounds delish!

Thanks for letting me pick this week! =)

June said...

I suck at making bread rise...just can't get it right with the yeast. But this bread sure sounds mouth watering!

Liz Mays said...

It's been far too long since I made homemade bread and this honey variety sounds wonderful!

Dee said...

Sounds yummy but I'm with Juney! I just can't ever get it right lol! Thanks for linking me up!

Salt said...

Why did I think I needed a breadmaker to do things like this?

Plus it requires punching...which might feel nice after a particularly annoying day at the office.

Macey said...

I'm a bread girl. I love it!

Truthful Mommy said...

YUMMY! I love fresh bread! I am a certifiable CARBOHOLIC!I may need to make this!STAT!

Tracie said...

Oh how I love fresh, home baked bread. I usually make it in the bread machine though. I'm going to check out everyone's link ups, too.

Tamara Dawn said...

Looks yummy!! Honey butter is sooo good! I seriously can eat it all by itself...mmm

Michelle Pixie said...

Oh gosh now I am super hungry! Honey butter?! It doesn't get much better. =)