Prep 2 hrs
Cook 35 mins
Wow - this is delicious bread! I'm always trying new bread recipes and am glad I ran across this one in a recent magazine! It is delicious! Enjoy! This makes two loaves. Updated 2/10/05 - I just wanted to update that I halved this recipe and did the dough in the dough cycle and it turned out wonderfully. I did use a full package of yeast instead of halving that. I took the dough out of the ABM and let it rise one more time in the loaf pan. Then I baked it at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 2 1⁄2 cups warm milk (110º-115º)
- 1⁄3 cup honey
- 1⁄4 cup butter or 1⁄4 cup margarine, melted
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 8 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk.
- Add honey, butter, salt& 5 cups flour; beat until smooth.
- Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
- Turn onto a floured board; knead until smooth& elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
- Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
- Cover& let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Punch dough down& shape into two loaves.
- Place in greased 9x5x3" loaf pans.
- Cover& let rise until doubled, about 30 minute Bake at 375º for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cover with foil if necessary to prevent overbrowning.
- Remove from pans& cool on wire racks.
Great taste, and beautiful. Yes, this does work in the bread machine! I used half the ingredients (4 cups of flour), warming the milk and butter on the stovetop first (just until the butter melted) before putting all in the breadmachine (in the order recommended by the manufacturer). My only deviation was the amount of yeast used. I don't know what the weight of a "standard" package of yeast is in the US, but my packet was 7 grams, an amount recommended for 500 g of flour (the 4 cups that I used was closer to 600 g, I think)--so I used an entire 7g packet. My bread was perfect in consistency. I baked it on the standard white-bread cycle. Thanks for posting!
My family loves this. My kids were amazed when I first made it. They didnt realize you could make bread at home. Hehehe. I am now amazing.
I followed the instructions very closely, but the bread did not rise. Somebody please explain the mystery of yeast to me! Anyway, the bread is still quite tasty, but a little doughy and requires extra toasting. I liked my experience with the simple French bread much better.