Milk and Honey White Bread

1 Tbsp. Butter
1-¼ cup Milk
2 Tbsp. Honey
3 cups Bread Flour
1 tsp. Instant Yeast or 1/2 package of active dry yeast
¾ tsp. Kosher Salt

In a small saucepan melt the butter over low heat. Remove from heat and add the milk and honey. Mix well and set to the side.

In a separate bowl add your 2 cups of flour, the yeast and salt. Add your milk and honey mixture. Mix until smooth.

Gradually add the remaining flour (1 cup).  Flour your work surface and knead your bread for about 10 minutes.

Once well kneaded, get you a large glass bowl and gently oil the inside.  This will keep the dough from sticking.  I use non-stick cooking spray for this step OR saturate a sheet of paper towel and wipe the oil onto the inside of the bowl.  Either works fine.

Place your dough in the bowl and role the dough so that all sides are coated with a film of oil.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a draft free place to rise for 1-1/2 hours. I have found that the oven is an ideal spot for this step.  Turn the oven light on, the warmth will help the dough rise a bit faster.

Once you feel the dough has risen to double it's original size, punch it down. Form it into a loaf shape, you may need to re-dust the loaf with flour.

Spray your loaf pan with nonstick spray and add your dough to the pan.  Let rise again.  30-45 minutes or until it has double in size, again.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, all ovens vary, so give or take a few minutes.  Keep an eye on it.

That's it... You did it! You've made your very own homemade bread. Yay! Be sure and let it rest in the pan for about 5 minutes. Using a bread knife (serrated knife), slice you off a piece of that warm deliciousness and add a pat of butter, maybe an extra drizzle of honey. I know you will enjoy!

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