- 2envelopesactive dry yeast
- 2cupswarm water(about 105°)
- 1/4cuphoneyor granulated sugar
- 3tablespoons meltedunsalted butter, plus
- 1teaspoon meltedunsalted butter, for bowl
- 2tablespoonscoarse salt
- 6-7cupsall-purpose flour, plus
- moreflour, for dusting
- Sprinkle yeast over warm water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
- Add honey, butter and salt; whisk until yeast is dissolved.
- Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
- Add 3 cups flour; mix on low speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.
- Add 3 more cups of flour; mix until incorporated.
- On a lightly floured surface, knead dough, adding up to 1 cup more flour as needed; knead until smooth, elastic, and slightly sticky, about 5 minutes (I do this with my dough hook in the mixer).
- Let rise in a large buttered bowl, covered with plastic wrap in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Butter two 4 ½ by 8 ½ inch loaf pans.
- Punch down the dough; transfer to a lightly floured surface.
- Divide dough in half.
- Gently knead each piece until smooth.
- Shape each piece into a loaf, tucking sides underneath to form a seam down the middle.
- Place loaves, seam side down, in buttered pans.
- Let rise until dough reaches top of pans, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Brush top of loaves with butter.
- Bake until golden brown and hollow-sounding when tapped on bottom (briefly turn out loaf to test), 35 to 45 minutes.
- Let cool slightly in pans on wire racks; unmold.
- Let cool until just warm before slicing.
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