Earlier today you saw that the kids helped me make some honey bread. I’ve been making this bread for months. I got the recipe from Kim at What’s that Smell? I had a major learning curve in order to make it work for me, though. For starters my kitchen doesn’t seem to be warm enough for bread to rise so I had to learn how to preheat my oven just enough to let my bread sit in it and rise. Also, the bread wouldn’t rise for me right in silicone pans. I switched to cast iron and now get perfect loaves of bread.
There you can see the stages of the bread. I forgot to take a picture before the first rise. I feel like the bread knew I was going to blog about it, because it came out beautifully! This was the fluffiest batch of bread I made yet. This bread is delicious with the honey butter recipe I’ve posted before.
Homemade Honey Bread
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 egg
- 3½ cups bread flour I use King Arthur flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2½ teaspoons yeast
- ½ cup honey you can use sugar here if you don’t have honey but honey is a better option
- Mix all ingredients together in mixer with dough blade until dough forms. It should be dry enough to not be sticky but wet enough to not crumble.
- Lift dough out of bowl, spray with olive oil (I spray the bowl) and place dough back in bowl covered with towel, allow to rise for 30-60 minutes. (I do this in the oven. I start the oven pre-heating to 350 while I'm mixing the ingredients and turn it off. I put the covered bowl in the oven to rise for 1 hour)
- Knead with dough blade (will deflate).
- Remove from bowl, place dough on flowered surface and knead by hand a few times. (Don't over-flour your surface. I always waste too much flour! It doesn't take much)
- Divide in half.
- Roll into 2 loaf shapes and place in loaf pans (mist pan with olive oil first).
- Cover and allow to rise (depends upon temp in room, but usually around 60 minutes – it should be slightly over the top edge of the pan, do not allow to over-rise). (Again, I do this in the oven with the same method.)
- Bake at 350 for around 20-30 minutes or until golden brown on top. At around the 15 minute mark, I mist the top of the loaf with olive oil and continue cooking until done.
Be sure to visit Kim and thank her for this awesome recipe! If you come up with any differences on how you have to make it, I’d love to hear them.