Willow’s Honey Bread (old version)
The little girl I babysit for got in the car one day after school carrying this bread fresh from the oven at school. She had made it with her teacher that day as a special project. It smelled SO GOOD I could hardly drive the 15 minutes home without tearing into it! We ate almost the whole loaf when we got home, and it was truly the best tasting bread I’ve ever had. It has a sweetness to it from the honey that is so delicious by itself or with butter on it.
- 2 cups warm-hot water (microwave for 1 min, add more time if needed)
- 1/3 cup olive oil (or any oil, but I prefer to use olive)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 3 1/2 tsp quick acting yeast
- 1-2 tsp salt
- 5 cups flour (any combo of all purpose or whole wheat or bread flour), plus more for work surface and hands
TIP: If you measure out the oil first, then use the same 1/3 cup with the oil residue in it for measuring your honey, the honey will pour out much easier into the bowl!
Add 5 cups of flour, stirring with a wooden spoon. Dump out onto floured surface and knead until elastic and no longer sticky, adding flour if necessary. Form into a ball and put in oiled bowl to rise. Cover with towel and set inside oven (turned off). Allow to rise for 2 hours.
Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.