Crusty White Bread
How to Make Crusty White Bread
- Pour warm water and honey into a 4 cup glass measuring cup. Stir to dissolve honey. (If you need to microwave it for about 30 seconds, that's fine, but you don't want the water to boil, or it will be too hot for the yeast.) Add in the yeast and stir slightly. Let set for appx 5-10 minutes until yeast foams up.
- Pour yeast mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add in the flour and salt and mix until well incorporated. You may need to add more flour as you go, depending on the heat and humidity. Mix (adding flour as needed) until the dough starts pulling away from the sides of the bowl. When you touch it, the dough should bounce back, and not stick to your fingers.
- Punch down the dough and divide it into thirds. Form each third into a ball, tucking the ends in at the bottom. Place each ball at least 4 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. The tops should be semi-smooth. Dust the top of each loaf with a little flour, then using a sharp knife, make light slices in the dough. (I like doing an X)