Homemade Egg Bread
This is a fantastic bread to make when you have a lot of eggs lying around. It is a soft and fluffy bread that is perfect for accompanying pasta dishes as well as using for French toast and bread puddings. The nice thing about this recipe is that it makes three nice sized loaves of bread. If you are going to take the time to make homemade bread, why not make three loaves? When you are putting that time into baking, it is nice to have a loaf to eat, a loaf to freeze, and a loaf to give away.
1 1/2 cups of warm water
1 1/2 tablespoons of bread yeast
1 tablespoon of salt
3 sticks of butter
1/2 cup of honey
8-10 cups of flour
In a large bowl combine the first three ingredients.
Next, melt the butter in a large glass liquid measuring cup. Pour the melted butter into the mixing bowl. Now measure the honey in the same measuring cup – the butter will help the honey to easily go from the measuring cup to the mixing bowl – a nice little trick!
Next add the eggs and mix until well combined.
Add 7 cups of flour stirring well with a wooden spoon.
At this point the dough will still be sticky, but it will be getting harder to mix with the spoon. Use your hands as you add the rest of the flour a little bit at a time. You can always add more flour, but you can’t take the flour out – so for the rest of the flour, add it at a half a cup at a time until the dough is no longer sticky and becomes a nice tight ball. I usually only need a total of 9 cups of flour, but you may need to go 10 0r 11 cups if it is a wet day out.
Cover the dough in the bowl and let the dough rise for 2 hours. Punch it down and separate the dough into three loaves for baking.
Grease your loaf pans (you can also make a loaf shape and bake on a baking sheet) and put the dough in the pans. Cover and let rise for another 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and bake your bread for 35 to 40 minutes. You can tell when yeast bread is done by thumping it. When you thump the bread it should sound hollow as well as have a golden brown color. For those of you who need more specific baking instructions – a done loaf of yeast bread should be 200F if you put a thermometer in the center.
Let the bread cool before slicing and serving.