"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home." ~ Edith Sitwell
NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian 'Quote Cup' passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, and sometimes some photos of family fun. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!
This has been a week to relax and refresh at the home of dear friends on Lake Superior. It has been so warm that there is mostly open water… no trekking to ice caves this year. Our son and his children joined us last weekend and one of the highlights of the weekend was making honey bread… mixed and kneaded the batter, went out to explore along the lake, then came back in to warm toes by the fireplace between the two bowls of rising bread.
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
This bread recipe was surprisingly simple, perfect for making with kids… but it doesn't taste simple, just simply delicious! The recipe is for one loaf… we made two, one for each kid!
- 1 package rapid rise active dry yeast
- 1 1/4 cup warm milk (110-115 degrees)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/8 cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups flour
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Dissolve one package of yeast in a bowl of warmed milk. Next add honey, melted butter and salt. Mix to combine.
Add 3 cups flour and mix with hands until a soft dough forms. Use the last cup of flour for dusting and kneading. Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes… punching, pulling and squeezing the dough.
Place kneaded dough in a greased bowl and cover it. Place the bowl in a warm place until it rises to about double in size (about an hour or more).
Punch down the dough and place in a greased loaf pan or form into a round and place on a cookie sheet or in a pie pan. Cover the dough and place in a warm place for about another 30 minutes until it rises and doubles in size.
Bake for 30-35 minutes at 375 degrees. If it browns early, you can put some foil over the top after about 20 minutes. Remove from pan when done and rub with butter if desired. Allow it to cool before cutting.