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(Printer Friendly Recipe)
- 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
- Put all ingredients in bread machine, in order suggested by bread machine manufacturer.
- 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