Recipe: Sweet Bread (Honey Bread)

My absolute favorite bread is this concoction Drew created a few years ago. It is fool-proof, meaning I can make it, and so easy. You don’t even have to knead it! It is scrumptiously sweet and perfect for any time of day. I can’t believe it took so long to finally make this video and blog, but here it is!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup warm milk with 2.5 teaspoons yeast and dash of sugar
  • 1 whole egg plus 1 yolk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 cups bread or all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

DIRECTIONS:
1. Warm the milk about 30 seconds in the microwave and add the yeast and pinch of sugar. Stir gently and let sit 5-10 minutes, until the yeast is activated.
2. Mix the milk/yeast mixture, eggs, butter, and honey.
3. Mix the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until well incorporated, about 2-3 minutes.
5. Cover with a warm, wet towel for 1 hour.
6. Transfer dough to the bread pan it will be baked in and let rise for another hour.
7. Place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, turning half way.
8. Once baked, let cool for 10 minutes, then slice it up. Add a little butter and enjoy!

Recipe: Traditional Scottish Shortbread Cookies

If you’ve never tried a homemade, traditional Scottish shortbread, then you have been missing out, my friend. Buttery, with just a tinge of sweetness, these flaky cookies melt in your mouth. The best part is how simple and easy they are to make. Here’s the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

-2 sticks unsalted butter (1 cup) at  room temperature
-1/4 cup sugar
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-2 cups all-purpose flour

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Mix your butter, sugars, salt and vanilla until creamy and fluffy (about 3 minutes with a hand-mixer).
2. Add your flour and mix.
3. On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth. Shape into a ball, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 minutes.
4. Roll out the dough until it is about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Then shape your cookies with a knife or cookie cutters. Lay on the cookie sheet and place back in refrigerator for 5 minutes.
5. In a preheated oven to 325 degrees, add your cookies for 15 minutes or until the edges just start to brown.