- In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup water and 3 tbsp butter over medium heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool until warm.
- In a small bowl, add 1/2 cup warm water and the dry yeast. Stir yeast until it is dissolved. Set bowl aside and continue with the next step.
- In a large bowl, mix buttermilk, honey, sugar, salt, and vinegar. When the butter water is warm to the touch, pour into large bowl. Add yeast water.
- Begin adding bread flour one cup at a time. When the dough is too stiff to mix with the wooden spoon, about 5 cups, turn out onto a floured board.
- Knead in the remaining flour until the dough is firm and smooth. Put dough in a buttered bowl and flip dough so that the top of it is lightly buttered. Cover and let rise until double in size, about 45 to 60 minutes.
- Punch down dough and turn out onto a floured board. Knead bubbles out of dough. Divide dough into to equal halves.
- Preheat oven 375 F. Form dough into two loaves. Place in buttered bread pans. Cover and let rise until double in size, about 30 to 45 minutes
- Melt 1 tbsp of butter. Brush butter on to bread tops. Using a sharp knife, make three light slashes across the bread tops. Place in oven and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans and let cool on a rack or dishtowel.
Bread Baking Tips
- For a beautiful bread, you can braid the bread dough.
- Use bottled spring water instead of tap water to make your bread. Water softeners and chlorinated public water can sometimes kill the yeast needed to make your bread dough rise.
- Brush loaves with butter immediately after baking to produce a soft crust.
- Brush loaves with milk before baking to produce a dark, shiny crust.
- Brush loaves with egg white before baking to produce a shiny crust.
- Spraying loaves with water while they bake will produce a crispy crust.
- When honey is added to bread dough, it helps protect the baked bread's moisture.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||2 g|
|Saturated Fat||1 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||1 g|
|Dietary Fiber||0 g|
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)