Submitted by: Kayleigh
Prep Time: 3 Hours
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
This recipe makes 2 loaves and freezes well.
Combine the yeast, warm water (105ºF - 110ºF), and honey in a large warm bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes or until the yeast softens.
Stir in the butter, salt, and 3 cups of flour. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon.
Add the remaining flour in increments until the dough becomes too stiff to stir, then place the dough on a lightly floured surface.
Knead for about 6 minutes, adding the remaining flour as necessary (a little at a time), until the dough become smooth and elastic. Do not over knead!!!
Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot for about 2 hours or until doubled in bulk. (I find that sometimes it only takes an hour, make sure to check!).
Grease two 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pans. Punch the dough down to deflate it and divide it in half. Form each half into a smooth loaf and place in a prepared pan.
Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot for about 1 hour or until the dough has risen to the top of the pans. (Again, I find that it seems to take less time than listed here.)
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Uncover the risen loaves. Place the pans on a heavy baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes or until the tops are light brown and crusty. Remove from the oven and tap out of the pan onto the baking sheet. Turn the oven off and return the breads to the oven to crisp for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.