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Rustic Country Bread with Honey Butter

Rustic Country Bread with Honey Butter
PREP TIME
25 min
COOK TIME
35 min
YIELDS
2 servings

There’s nothing more wonderful than homemade fresh bread. Bonus if you serve it with an easy homemade honey butter too!

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Ingredients

Bread

1 ½
cups milk
1 (¼-oz)
package active dry yeast
¼
cup packed brown sugar
2
Tbsp butter, melted
½
tsp kosher salt
2
cups rye flour
2
cups all-purpose flour, plus more for flouring
Neutral oil, for oiling the bowl and baking sheet

Honey Butter

1
stick butter, softened
¼
cup honey
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
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Directions

Step 1

Heat the milk to between 110 and 115ºF. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk.

Step 2

Pour the milk mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook. Add the sugar, butter and salt and stir to dissolve. Add the rye flour and mix on medium until smooth. Slowly beat in the all-purpose flour. When the dough has come together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and turn to coat the surface. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Step 3

Punch down the dough and place on a lightly floured board. Divide it in 2, knead each piece a couple of times and form them into rounds. Put the rounds on an oiled baking sheet, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Step 4

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Step 5

Bake until the loaves are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove to a rack to cool.

Step 6

While the bread is baking, put the butter, honey and just a dash of salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk it together. Scrape out into a ramekin and refrigerate. Remove from the refrigerator about a half hour before using.

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