Milk and Honey Loaf

I am not sure why this is called Milk and Honey Loaf. There is no milk in the recipe. I have only recently started making bread, and this is the recipe a friend started me with. It has been passed from person to person for some time, and is very easy.

Original recipe makes 3 loaves


2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1/2 cup honey
3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup rye flour
3 cups whole wheat flour
5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

  • PREP

    30 mins

  • COOK

    30 mins


    5 hrs


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Allow yeast to sit until it begins to form bubbles.
  2. Add honey, butter, and salt to the yeast mixture. Stir in flours one cup at a time, beginning with the rye. When the dough begins to stiffen, turn it out on to a well floured surface. Knead for 5 minutes, adding flour as needed. Place into a greased bowl, and turn once to oil the surface of the dough. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise in a warm place until doubled, approximately 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Punch down dough, and knead again until smooth. Split into 3 loaves, and knead for a few more minutes. Place loaves in three oiled pans. Allow to rise until double, 1 to 2 hours.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool in pans for 10 minutes, and then turn out onto counter or wire rack to completely cool.


Calories: 146 kcal
Carbohydrates: 26.8 g
Cholesterol: 7 mg
Fat: 3 g
Fiber: 2.2 g
Protein: 3.6 g
Sodium: 149 mg