This milk and honey bread comes together so quick and easy, it’s the perfect treat for weekends. And it will make your house smell so good too!
All you need is just 5 ingredients, 2 minutes of kneading, and an hour of rising.
This 5 ingredient bread recipe honey and milk is so easy to make!
Homemade bread seems like one of those illusive things. But it’s not. Just read on for a few tips and tricks and you’ll nail it on the first try. The sweet and unique flavor of this loaf of bread is going to really wow you.
Easy enough even if you’ve never made bread before.
This recipe is absolutely easy enough for first-time bread makers!
No bread machine required.
I’m going to give you a few tips before we dive into the recipe.
Ready? Here we go…
Getting the Temperature Right for Yeast
Don’t be too worried about working with yeast! It’s not difficult. The most important thing is getting a fresh, new pack of yeast. The newer your yeast is, the better it will work.
The next most important thing is using very warm liquid to dissolve and activate it. The ideal temperature of your liquid should be between 105˚-110˚F. The best way to test this is with a thermometer. If you don’t have a kitchen thermometer, or don’t have one that goes that low, you can get one from Amazon, they’re pretty inexpensive. Shop cooking thermometers here
If you don’t have time to get one though, no worries. You can estimate it. Given your body temperature is 98.7, and the liquid need to be just warmer than that, it’s pretty easy to feel for it. Take a drop of the liquid you’re using, in the case of this recipe, it will be milk, and put it on your wrist. If you can’t feel it, or it feels cold, then you need to make it warmer. If it feel hot, it’s too hot. If it feel a little warm, then it’s probably just right.
Save time kneading, get some dough hooks.
I do not have a stand mixer but I do own a very powerful hand mixer. You’ll need a stury mixer with an adequate motor to knead bread.After burning out a few mixers, I found the Kitchen Aid hand mixer to be an excellent choice. It’s only slightly more expensive than other mixers with much less power. Trust me, it’s worth it!
I prefer a hand mixer to a stand mixer for a few reasons:
- It takes up less space. Counter space is valuable and my hand mixer doesn’t take up any of it. It fits snugly in a cabinet, along with its attachments
- I like that I have more control over things with a hand mixer. I don’t mind my arms getting a little work out (who doesn’t need that?) and I like being able to use the mixer with any bowl I want.
- I love all the colors the Kitchen Aid mixer comes in! We own an orange ones because we’re Cleveland Brown’s fans but I was so tempted to get so man y of the other colors. They’re all pretty! It seems like a minor detail but I get a little joy out of having colorful and fun cooking tools.
I recommend buying the mixer plus all of the attachments which includes to dough hooks here. Choose your favorite color.
Shop Kitchen Aid hand mixer with attachments
If you already own the KitchenAid hand mixer, you can just get dough hook attachments: Shop dough hooks on Amazon
Kneading by Hand
Even though I recommend using a hand or stand mixer with bread hooks to save time, you can knead by hand if you prefer. It will just take longer. Generally, 2 minutes of electric kneading is equivalent to 10 minutes of hand kneading.
Letting the Bread Rise
The dough will need to rise for about an hour in a warm place. For me, that’s in my microwave with the lights underneath on. The lights make the microwave nice and warm but not too hot. You could also put your dough in the oven. Just make sure the oven is off. If it’s cold in there, turn it on for a few minutes to warm it up, then turn it off and put your dough in there. If you have a sunny room, that would probably work too. Just a little warmer than room temperature is what you’re after, ideally.
Cover your dough with a breathable towel, like thin a tea towel or a kitchen hand towel that doesn’t shed is fine too:
How to Punch Down Your Dough
Once the dough is done rising, you’ll be able to press into it with your finger and see an indentation. That’s how you’ll know it’s done rising.
The next step before baking is to punch it down. You want to put the dough straight up and down with the goal of pressing it evenly into the bowl. 3-4 punches should do the job.
Carefully handle the dough when you place it into your bread pan. You’ll want to flip it over so that the smooth part that was in the bottom of the bowl becomes the top of your loaf. Try not to press into it so you don’t have a lumpy looking loaf.
Don’t forget to grease your bowl and your bread pan!
Your dough will be sticky so to easily get it out of the bowl, make sure you grease it. Same with baking your bread in the pan. Once it bakes, it will be difficult to get out of the pan if you forget to grease it! You can use cooking oil or butter to grease both things.
Use a bread knife to slice your bread.
For a long time I didn’t own a bread knife. I finally got one and it makes a world of difference! A bread knife is long and serrated so you can saw through a loaf of even the most tender bread without squishing it. Shop bread knives on Amazon
You can use all purpose flour of bread flour.
I recommend bread flour for a more chewy and soft bread-like texture. However, you can use all purpose flour if that’s all you have. The bread will be a bit more stiff and dense but will still taste great!
Toast and spread with butter. Yum!
Want a real treat? Try topping your homemade bread with homemade butter! Get my homemade butter recipe here.
This recipe for easy 5-ingredient milk and honey bread was featured on Meal Plan Monday!