Tuesday, May 10, 2011

To Try Tuesday - Honey Buttermilk Bread


I made a pact with myself that I would try to use my bread maker more often after the recent success I had with a challah recipe.  I went searching for bread machine recipes and found today's To Try recipe for Honey Buttermilk Bread on the About.com website.  It seemed nice and straightforward, and I was definitely tempted by the combination of buttermilk and honey.

There is something magical about the smell of bread baking.  I don't think have I ever met one person who isn't enticed by the smell.  This recipe was no different.  Sometimes I think there is a decadence about almost throwing the ingredients into a machine and having a beautiful loaf of bread emerge after a few hours, but it is a decadence that I can definitely live with.

The only changes I made were to use on a teaspoon of salt (rather than the 1½ suggested), I melted my butter, and I used warm water. A steady rain falling outside, warm bread with a little butter on top, a cup of Ka'u coffee makes for a rather nice afternoon.  I'd like to know how this bread is after being toasted for breakfast but I can tell it is not going to last beyond dinner.  I may just have to make another loaf for the morning.



Honey Buttermilk Bread
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Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons yeast (I used 1 packet)
  • 3 cups bread flour 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • ¾ cup buttermilk 
  • 3 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons honey 
  • ½ cup warm water

Preparation
  1. Put all ingredients in bread machine, in order suggested by bread machine manufacturer.
  2. Choose basic or white bread and light or medium crust setting (I chose basic and light and it was perfect). 

Recipe from About.com - Southern Food 




    14 comments:

    1. LOVE it!! I've really, really been trying to reduce my carbs as I could easily sit down and eat nearly this entire loaf. Hmmm... maybe toasted with butter then a little later with a bit of cheese? Ugh!! I wouldn't be able to stop.
      The recipe is printed and now tempting me on the desk!
      Watched 5-Oh with Drew today (we tivo it and watch on Tuesdays). Love the scenery shots! We are still loving the show!

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    2. This bread looks and sounds amazing! I agree - there is nothing much better than warm bread and the scent that fills your house. Nice job.

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    3. Wow, Felice! I'd love a warm slice of this bread. It looks wonderful~

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    4. Mmmm I love fresh bread out of the oven. This one wouldn't make it past dinner in my house either!

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    5. There really isn't anything much better than warm, freshly baked bread! With honey and buttermilk, your bread sounds delicious! I cannot wait to try it!

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    6. Your loaf of bread looks absolutely gorgeous. So light and fluffy. I love making bread. I'll have to try out this recipe. :)

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    7. Your honey bread sounds awesome & how true "There is something magical about the smell of bread baking." Always :)

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    8. Homemade bread always looks so delicious! This sounds great with the honey in it too.

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    9. Beautiful. I was searching for a buttermilk bread recipe yesterday...I'm inclined to pull the breadmaker out of the box tomorrow and give this a try. Will let you know how it goes. Thanks for sharing.

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    10. What a beautiful loaf....buttermilk and honey...yum! There is nothing I love more then the scent of bread baking.

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    11. I haven't used my bread machine in ages.... this could be a good reason to pull it out! The loaf sounds/looks fantastic!

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    12. I have a honey buttermilk recipe too quite similar to this one and it's one of my favorite bread ever! Your loaf looks like it wouldn't last long in my home.

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    13. I need to give this a try...it looks great! I have some buttermilk in my freezer that I need to use and this would be perfect! Thanks!

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