I use a bread machine so that I am able to enjoy freshly baked bread. As busy as my life is, I would never be able to enjoy fresh bread if I used the method I was taught growing up. But never fear, if you are anti-bread machine then this works just as well with the traditional method.
Try it out, I think you'll love it!
Add the following ingredients, in order, to your bread machine:
2 T. Butter
1/2 C. Honey
2 C. White Flour
1 C. Wheat Flour
1 T. Baking Coco
1 t. Salt
2 1/4 t. Yeast (1 Packet)
Corn meal for dusting.
If using a bread machine, add all of the ingredients for the dough in the exact order listed into the pan of your machine.
Once the cycle has completed, mine is usually 2 1/2 hours, remove the dough and place in a bowl and let rise for 1 hour. When the dough has risen to about double its size, punch it down and divide into two loaves and place in two bread pans. Let rise another hour.
Preheat oven to 350°. Bake for 30 minutes. Loaves should begin to darken slightly on top when done. Upon removing from oven, immediately brush butter over the top of the loaves using a pastry brush. Dust cornmeal over the top of each loaf and serve warm.
If you want whipped butter, like it is served in restaurants, use an electric mixer on high speed to whip the butter until its fluffy.