Thursday, October 29, 2015

Honey Buttermilk Bread

1 envelope yeast or 1 tablespoon
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup warm water
pinch of ginger (helps activate the yeast)
2 cups warm buttermilk
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled so that it is warm to the touch but not hot
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
6 cups white bread flour

Mix the ginger, sugar, yeast, and water and set aside for five minutes.
Mix the buttermilk, honey, salt, baking soda in with the yeast mixture. Add three cups of flour and mix until smooth. On an electric mixes it is about 5 minutes on low speed. Mix in butter until it is totally incorporated into batter. Now, begin to add the rest of the flour, one cup at a time, keeping the mixture on low speed. When dough pulls from the sides of the bowl remove it from the mixer to a floured surface and knead until elastic and smooth. Place in greased bowl, turn to greas the top, cover and allow to rise for 1 1/2 hours.

Punch down and form into two loaves. Place in greased loaf pans and grease tops. Cover, and allow to rise for 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 400F. Bake for 30 minutes, covering tops with foil if they brown too fast.
Remove loaves from oven and brush with melted butter. Allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes. Turn out and cool completely on a rack. Cover the loaves if you want a soft crust.


Rachel Rowell said...

I made this today. It was kind of like a roll in bread form. My mixer wouldnt knead it. Did you have this problem? I’ve never had this issue before. I think I did everything right but maybe i messed up somehow. My dough was pretty thick. I also got some air bubbles in my bread after baking. Did you have an issue with this? This bread tastes really good and I really want it to work out for me.

Sharon said...

Actually I don't think I've made it before! The recipe is from Bill's step-sister and she told me how much she and her family love it. But now I'm inspired and totally want to make it, I just forgot about it! I'll let you know how it goes. We can figure out the problems together :)