Originally posted 3/27/16
Ingredients (Yield: 1 large loaf)
2 teaspoons of yeast
1 cup of very warm water (Very Warm: quite warm, but not so hot that you can’t touch it)
1 squirt of honey
3 to 3 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of salt
For the Glaze
2 tablespoons of butter, melted
2 tablespoons of butter, melted, and 1-2 squirts of honey
1 beaten egg
Step 1: Combine water and honey in your mixing bowl. Add yeast and let sit for 5-7 minutes.
Step 1.5: Clean off your counter very well.
Step 2: Add eggs and salt to your yeast mixture, stir until thoroughly combined.
Step 3: Add flour 1 cup at a time and stir to combine
Step 4: Dump your dough onto the counter and knead. This dough tends to be a very pliable and a little sticky.
Step 5: Oil your mixing bowl. Place your bread dough into the mixing bowl and turn so that all sides are covered with the oil. Let dough rise undisturbed for 45-60 minutes.
Step 5.5: Clean off your counter again. Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Decide on which glaze you’d prefer to use, and prepare accordingly.
Step 6: Flatten your dough out into a somewhat rectangular shape. Divide it into three sections, and roll them in your hands until they are all approximately the same length and thickness.
Step 7: Braid the three sections together gently.
Step 8: Transfer your loaf carefully onto your lined cookie sheet. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops and sides of the loaf with your glaze of choice. I used the melted butter option for this one, which creates a soft crust. Butter and honey creates a sweet, slightly sticky crust, and egg will give you a shiny crust. The choice is yours!
Step 9: Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool slightly or all the way before serving with butter, honey, or jam.