My grandmother’s homemade bread is a staple at any family function. I cannot even remember a time I’ve visit her house (in my childhood or recently) where she didn’t have at least a loaf on hand.
This is one of our “secret” family recipes, so I wanted to wait for a special occasion to share it. Today is that special occasion… it’s #FoodBloggerLove! Every year, a group of food bloggers switch names secret-santa-style and prepare recipes inspired by the other blogger. It’s always nice to celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing a little love to a fellow blogger!
This year, the name we pulled was… *drumroll*… Karen’s Kitchen Stories!
Karen is a mother and grandmother from California who loves baking bread, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to share one of our favorite family recipes of all time. We hope you like it, Karen!
I’m looking forward to trying several of the recipes on Karen’s blog. I’m not as experienced with bread as she is, but she has a great “Bread 101” resource page to help. Look at these mini ciabatta loaves she posted back in December! Don’t they look super yummy? I can’t wait to try that one.
Okay… back to my honey white bread recipe…
My grandmother makes practically everything from scratch. As I’m getting older, I’ve started making her write down all my favorite recipes (like her frosted brownies and drop sugar cookies). This honey white bread was the very first recipe she taught me to make. I can still remember me as a teenager learning first hand from her how to make this bread. It’s a little time consuming, but it’s 100% worth it!
This bread great for toast, a sandwich, or anything really. When I meet up with my friends for our Thanksgiving dinner together each year, they always end up making sandwiches out of it with the leftover turkey and gravy for a midnight snack.
A few tips…
If you’re in a rush and want the rising process to get faster, give your dough a warm environment. If I’m doing other baking, I’ll place the bowl of dough on the counter near the oven. You can also fill a slightly smaller bowl with hot water and place it underneath your bowl of dough.
Shortening (like Crisco) is your best friend. Make sure you cover every inch of the inside of your bread pan. If you miss a spot, the bread will stick and rip off at the spot when you go to flip it out of the pan.
If you find you’re having a hard time dividing your dough and forming it into loaf shapes, rub some shortening on your hands so it won’t stick as easily. It’s a little gross to have your hands covered in shortening, but makes it easier to work with (especially if it’s a warm, humid summer day).
Don’t be afraid to really lather on a good layer of butter on the crust when you pull it out of the oven. More butter = a soft, flakey, yummy crust. Just pretend that those few extra calories aren’t there!
Here’s the full recipe, so you can print it and make your own honey white bread!
Oh, and make sure you scroll down! All of the food bloggers who are playing along today with #FoodBloggerLove are listed below, so you can check out many delicious Valentine’s Day and love inspired recipes. We can’t wait to see what everyone is cookin’ up!
One of our family's favorites... Grandma's honey white bread made from scratch.
- 1 package Rapid Rise Yeast
- 1/2 Tablespoon Sugar
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 1/2 to 5 cups all purpose flour
- Shortening (for greasing pans)
- Butter (for rubbing over crust)
- In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in water.
- Add egg, honey, and salt. Add oil.
- Add flour and knead until smooth and elastic (about 6 minutes).
- Cover bowl with a towel and let rise until doubled in size (about one hour).
- Divide dough into two loaves and place each in a bread pan thoroughly greased with shortening. Pork top several times with fork. Let rise for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake loaves for 30 minutes. Immediately remove from pans and rub crust with butter. Let cool somewhat before cutting into slices.
To speed up first rising, place bowl of dough on top of slightly smaller bowl of hot water.
Thanks again for inspiring us, Karen! Readers, make sure you follow Karen’s blog and check her out on social media (Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram), if you want lots of yummy recipes. Here are the other #FoodBloggerLove recipes our group posted today: