- Manitoba flour 550 grams
- Whole Milk 300 grams
- Fresh brewer's yeast 20 grams
- Pieces of butter 50 grams
- Honey 40 grams
- Salt ½ teaspoon • 1 kcal
Honey bread is a sweet and tasty idea to start the day with a breakfast full of energy. Fill it with jams and marmalades, but also with cured meats and cheeses, to balance the sweet taste. There is nothing better than the nice scent of homemade, nutritious and genuine bread.
The honey bread dough is very similar to that of a plumcake, the shape resembles that of a bread loaf. The recipe is very simple, the only trick is to start the preparation in advance to give the bread time to rise.
You can prepare it simple, bread with milk and honey, or add flavors like cinnamon or anise for a spicy aftertaste. Here we’ll show you the basic recipe, but you can indulge yourself with all the variants you prefer.
How to prepare honey bread
Lightly heat the milk in a saucepan. It must be lukewarm but not boiling. Pour it into a bowl and mix it with honey.
Add the softened diced butter and finally the crumbled fresh yeast with your hands. Mix well so that all the ingredients dissolve.
Add the flour little by little, then half a teaspoon of salt and continue to mix. When the dough starts to solidify, move to a clean work surface and continue working. Create creases, turning the flaps inwards. If the dough is too sticky, sprinkle more flour.
Move the dough into a lightly buttered bowl and seal with plastic wrap. Let it rise for at least two or three hours in a warm place. The oven is fine with the light on.
Once the necessary time has elapsed, take the dough again and knead it again. Give it the shape you like: round, elongated, or braid shape, dividing it first into three equal parts. Let your form rise covered with plastic wrap for another 30 minutes.
Brush the surface with milk and bake at 180 degrees C for about 25 minutes. Wait until the surface is golden brown. Let it cool on a wire rack before cutting it into slices.
For an even more golden result on the surface, you can brush the bread with beaten egg.
For a more compact shape, you can bake your dough in a plumcake mold.
If you want to flavor your bread, add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of ground anise, 1 teaspoon of nutmeg and 1 teaspoon of ginger to the dough. Alternatively, try adding sunflower seeds or the ones you love to make the bread richer.
You can preserve the honey bread for 3, maximum 4 days, closed in a plastic bag, to keep it soft. If a few days have already passed, you can heat it in the oven for a few moments. Freeze the honey bread to preserve it for a long time. The advice is to cut it first into slices, so you can thaw them when necessary.