I know you usually make honey wheat bread not honey white bread but this came about by accident. I wanted to make my simple wheat bread recipe but discovered that I was out of whole wheat flour after I had already started making the bread. Note to self check that you have all ingredients needed before starting recipes.
Thankfully using all white flour worked out great. This recipe reminds me of one I tried last year for a copycat Panera Amish White Bread but this particular recipe makes three loaves of bread instead of the two I believe that recipe yielded.
Homemade bread is one of my favorite budget friendly eats. I do stock up on grocery store bread when I find it on sale and freeze it but you cannot beat fresh made bread slathered with butter.
I buy all my flour and yeast at a warehouse store and store my flour in food grade storage buckets and my yeast in the freezer. When properly stored white flour can last quite a long time.
General Cost Breakdown:
- Bread flour $.50
- All Purpose Flour $.35
- Butter $.30
- Honey $.85
- Salt and Yeast $.40
Total is $2.40 or 80 cents a loaf. Even on sale grocery store bread doesn’t come close to that. Plus there are no unpronounceable ingredients or added preservatives .
This would be fabulous served along with slow cooker broccoli soup, cheesy corn chowder or used in ham and muenster panini sandwiches, or club sandwiches. If you’re looking for a breakfast spin you could use this honey white bread in Sausage Breakfast Bake.
3 hrPrep Time
30 minCook Time
3 hr, 30 Total Time
- 3 cups warm water
- 2 packages or 4 1/2 teaspoons yeast
- 1/3 cup honey
- 5 cups bread flour
- 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- In a large bowl mix warm water, 1/3 cup of honey and yeast. Add the bread flour, then stir to combine. Let it sit for 30 minutes or until it is big and bubbly.
- Mix in three tablespoons of melted butter, the other 1/3 cup of honey and salt. Add 2 cups of the all purpose flour and mix well. Flour your counter or other work surface with whole wheat flour and turn dough out.
- Knead until dough pulls away from the counter but is still slightly sticky. This could take anywhere from 2-4 cups of flour.
- Form in a ball, place in a greased bowl, turning to coat the dough. Cover with a tea towel or plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled.
- Grease three loaf pans. Punch dough down, divide into thirds and shape loaves. Place in pans and let rise till 1 inch over the top of the pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Do not over bake. For a softer crust brush with 2 tablespoons of melted butter when finished. Let cool completely before slicing.
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Do you make homemade bread?