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Anyone have ideas / a recipe for a Honey Bread?

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Anyone have ideas / a recipe for a Honey Bread?

I just bought a stollen today, since I've never had one, and would like an idea of what it should taste like if I were to try and make it myself. It got me in the mood to try and make other enriched, holiday-esque breads, and this image of a honey-rich bread popped into my mind. Something soft and buttery, with a significant honey aroma and taste that wasn't too overpowering. Maybe lightly spiced. Maybe good with a cup of tea. I wonder if anyone here has ever had or made something like this or would just like to provide some input as to how they might go about creating something like this.

Or, if this happens to be a common type of bread and I just don't know it, maybe dropping the name and/or a recipe. I dunno. I'm just about done with all school responsibilities and i'm feeling creative, and any tips would be appreciated.

browndog's picture


1 cup milk

1 stick butter

1/2 cup honey

1 1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp ady

1/2 cup warm water

4 eggs

1- 1 1/2 tsp anise seed, bruised with the back of a spoon

6-7 cups ap flour

9 walnut or pecan halves

Scald the milk, add butter, honey and salt, let cool to lukewarm. Proof yeast in warm water and add to milk mixture along with the eggs and anise. Beat thoroughly, add 3 cups of flour and beat at least 200 strokes by hand or 2 minutes by mixer. Add enough remaining flour to make a kneadable dough.

Turn out and knead til smooth and springy. Let rise til doubled.

Deflate dough. Cut off 2 pieces of dough, each the size of a small apple. Cover and let rest 10 minutes.

Shape the large hunk of dough into a round and flattenit slightly.

Roll the small pieces into even ropes about half again as long as the diameter of your loaf. Split the ropes in half for 4 inches on either end. Make a cross on your loaf with the ropes, andcurl the split ends back around in a circle. Now the end of each rope will look like an anchor. Form them high enough on the loaf so they don't collapse down the sides. Secure with a toothpick or a piece of dry spaghetti. Brush with melted butter,let rise til almost double.

Before baking, brush with egg white mixed with a little water. Place a nut in the center of each circle and at the center of the cross.

Bake at 350* 40-50 minutes.

Cyrus, this is from an old hippie-era bread book that uses only honey or molasses in its recipes, one of two books that taught me to love baking. I have not tried Christopsomo, but have always been happy with the results from this author.

A little research indicates that olive oil, wine, and lots of orange frequently make an appearance in this bread.

The same book has a recipe for Moravian Love Feast Buns that sound wonderfully decadent--full cup of honey, lots of butter, some eggs and mashed potato, and flavored with mace and orange peel.


qahtan's picture

 This is not as you can see a honey bread , but it is a honey cake, it is very very nice and not too sweet..... qahtan
oliveoilhoney-1.jpg honey cake image by qahtanJEWISH HONEY CAKE -- REVISED

2-1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil
1 cup sugar
2 eggs separated
1 cup honey (I used Tupelo Honey )
1 cup coffee

Grease and flour two 8" disposable foil pans

Mix and sift dry ingredients.

Beat egg whites in small bowl until stiff.

Blend oil, sugar and egg yolks together. Add honey. Add dry ingredients alternately with coffee. Fold in beaten egg whites. Pour into prepared pans.

Bake in 350 degree oven 55-65 minutes - longer baking may be necessary.

YIELD: 8-10 servings [?]

Thegreenbaker's picture

I swear you are all trying to get me fat.



qahtan's picture


 My honey cake above well, all the things I bake are calorie free


                                       between bites, ;-))))


Thegreenbaker's picture

OH! Well then! that IS different :)


I am actually going to make your honey cake this evening....and gongerbread men with my 5 year old.


Do you think it would freeze wel? (so I dont go eating it all in the first 24hours ;)  )



Dave W's picture
Dave W

Theres a cracking loaf in "Dough" by Richard Bertinet, its Lavender and honey 'ive made it and it was exellent.


Dave W