Honey Bread. I like the sound of that.
I hope it tastes as good as it sounds.
This comes from my Fannie Farmer Cookbook 13TH Edition, p. 537; author, Marion Cunningham; publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., a division of Random House; ISBN 0-394-56788-9.
“Honey Bread has a fine silky texture and the sweet, mild flavor of spice. Very long beating is the secret of its tender grain.” – She wasn’t kidding about the very long beating.
2 cups white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
½ cup honey
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup milk
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Butter a loaf pan.
Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in a large bowl.
Add the honey, egg, and milk, and beat thoroughly with an electric mixer for about (you ready for this?) 20 minutes.
Spoon into the pan and bake for about 50 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool on a rack.
|You will then have a Dromedary loaf of bread. What the heck is this?|
|And it’s two-toned! Who knew?|
20 minutes?! I’ve never beaten something for 20 minutes, not even my kids. (I am SO KIDDING!!! About the beating part! Don’t one of you dare report me to child services, that was a JOKE! You know, like when you want to say the word BOMB at an airport, just ’cause you know you can’t.) Twas a LONG time to be beating that batter. I’m just glad I had a stand mixer because I can’t imagine holding a hand mixer for that long. Wow!
Going back to the fine, silky texture, that was pretty cool, but I thought the bread was chewier than any bread I had ever had and I chewed it and chewed it. I liked the taste; the combination of the honey and spices was good, and with butter on it, it was even better. I’ll try some toasted tomorrow morning.
I have a rating system of 1-4 with 4 being the best and I give this Honey Bread 2 rolling pins. It was ok, it just wasn’t great. I don’t think I’ll be making it again. Why did it come out so funny looking? I’ve never seen bread do that. That was weird. Something to do with the extended mixing perhaps? It definitely looked like a camel.
Comments & Reviews
Lori is a... says
I know this is an olllld post, but I don’t have my FF Cookbook in front of me and I needed the Honey Bread recipe, so here I am!
I have to say, it’s pretty strange that your loaf came out looking like a camel. My mom and I have made this exact recipe dozens of times, and although it does end up having a small hump inside the lip (no more than an inch), I’ve never seen it grow one of such large size. O.o How weird!
Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking says
Lori, thanks for commenting! I’d love to see a picture of yours after you bake it because this loaf just wasn’t right. It’s good to know that it can come out looking like a normal loaf of bread.
I am going to try this today. I think what happened is that (according to my older book 8th edition 1947) TO BEAT means “to enclose air by briskly turning ingredients over and over, continually bringing under part to top. Use either a mixing spoon or a wire whisk.” They didn’t expect any machine to do the work.
-Suzanne in Idaho
Also, it said to beat for 15 minutes or more.
Also it says to mix and sift dry ingredients. Did you sift them together?