Honey White Bread

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"So many of my dishes call for 'good white bread' and many people have emailed me to say they have trouble finding it. I don't usually spend time making bread, but this recipe is foolproof. Baking two loaves means you'll have one for now and one for the freezer."
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Honey White Bread

1/2 cup warm water

2 packages dry yeast

1 teaspoon sugar

1 1/2 cups warm whole milk

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooked

1 1/2 tablespoons honey

2 extra-large egg yolks

5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 egg white, lightly beaten

Place the water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. If the bowl is cold, be sure the water temperature doesn't drop below 110 degrees. Add the yeast and sugar; stir and allow them to dissolve for 5 minutes.

Add the milk, butter, and honey. Mix on medium speed until blended. Add the egg yolks, 3 cups of flour, and the salt. Mix on low speed for about 5 minutes. With the mixer still on low speed, add just enough remaining flour so the dough doesn't stick to the bowl. Add the flour slowly; you can always add more but you can't take it out. Knead on medium speed for about 8 minutes, adding flour as necessary.

Dump the dough  out onto a floured surface and knead by hand for a minute, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Grease a bowl with butter, put the dough in the bowl, then turn it over so the top is lightly buttered. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and allow it to rise for 1 hour, until doubled in volume.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven 350 degrees. When the dough is ready, brush the tops with the egg white and bake the breads for 40 to 45 minutes, until they sound hollow when tapped. Turn them out of the pans and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. 

Looks like we're moving towards the holidays with lots of baking. I used to make bread from scratch and still do occasionally. Why I even bought a bread machine years ago and always seem to try a new recipe or two. Do you have a favorite bread recipe? How I love the smell of a loaf of fresh baking in the oven and afterwards! 

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