Honey White Bread is luxuriously soft and fluffy—perfectly happy slathered with butter and served with a meal as it is as a canvas for building a really great sandwich.
I really hope y’all haven’t given up carbs lately because this is one loaf of bread that everybody needs to have in their lives. Nothing beats the permeating aroma of fresh bread baking in the house–it’s destined to draw everyone in close proximity into the kitchen by their noses. Whenever I make bread, I have to hide the bread knife and stand watch in front of the cooling racks, else my family tear into the piping hot loaves before it’s time. Upon first bite, Bacon Slayer will invariably and audibly wonder why we ever buy bread from the store when homemade is just so much better. We’re bread people. I hope that you are too.
I realize that the idea of baking yeast bread at home can be a little intimidating. I’m here to assure you that yeast bread doesn’t have to be complicated or scary. Understand a little about yeast as a leavening agent, and you’ll be ready to start practicing with bread. Usually when I’m baking bread I gravitate toward whole grain varieties like Honey Oatmeal Bread or 60 Minute Dill Potato Bread. Most of the time, I really want freshly baked bread but I don’t feel like fussing much with kneading and such, so I’ll whip up a batch of batter bread like Cheesy Beer Bread, No Knead Artisan Cheddar Bread, or No Knead Cinnamon Swirl Bread. You can do it, too. Start with no knead batter breads, and work your way up. I have faith in you!
I grew up eating whole wheat bread, so white bread was a treat reserved for eating at a friends or at holiday feasts. I love a good slice of soft white bread. You know, the soft slices that you can squeeze into a ball with little effort because the texture is so pillowy. Did you ever squish a slice of Wonder Bread into a ball in your hands as a kid? Then munch on that compressed ball of bread before repeating the process all over again? Yeah, me too.
I still get a hankering for a slice or two of soft white bread. However as an adult, the preferred brand of childhood tastes less like the forbidden luxury that it once was, and more like a chemical storm magically suspended in flour. The ingredients list is a mile long! It’s silly really, considering an basic white bread can be made with as little as four ingredients: flour, water, yeast, and salt.
My Honey White Bread has just one more ingredient with the addition of honey to give the yeast something to munch on and add just the barest hint of sweetness. Honey White Bread is luxuriously soft and fluffy—perfectly happy slathered with butter and served with a meal as it is as a canvas for building a really great sandwich.
Honey White Bread certainly has an airy enough texture to squeeze into a ball like you did as a kid, but I recommend a more mature approach. Slice into one loaf while warm, spread on a thick layer of butter, and savor it over the sink to save getting crumbs on the floor. Repeat as required. Save the other loaf to make a simple grilled cheese to dunk in 10 Minute Tomato Soup to further experience that warm feeling of childhood.