The joy of colds, is that there isn't a medicine that takes care of the sickness, medication only helps manage the symptoms; and, lately, it hasn't been doing too much of that, either.
Most honey that comes in the little bear shaped bottles have been so processed (read more about it here), that all of the health benefits of it have been processed right out. That's a soapbox of mine for another day, but, I found a really good quality honey, just for the purpose of giving a teaspoon full to my daughter every day.
A few weeks ago, our microwave died, so I while I would normally just pop it into the microwave, in 30 second increments, I put my milk into a small pot, set it on low, put a candy thermometer in, and washed some dishes. A few minutes later, I checked the thermometer, and it was up to 150*, so I just let it cool down for a bit.
My daughter was not happy about the delay.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, measure out your salt and 3 cups of the flour, and whisk to combine. My daughter was doing all of this, so the flour got a little messy!
Once your milk is in the 110-115* range, pour it either into a small bowl, or the measuring cup with the honey, mix well, and add in your yeast. Set this aside for the yeast to bloom, for about 10-15 minutes, or it gets foamy.
While you're waiting, melt your butter. Again, my microwave is in a better place, appliance heaven I imagine, so I just used the same pot that I warmed my milk in.
Once your butter is melted, add it into the flour/salt mix, mix well, and make a well in the center.
Pour your milk/yeast/honey mixture and mix until you have a sticky dough. Dust your counter top with the 1 cup of extra flour, and knead for about 10 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic. This was my daughter's favorite part! She loves to knead, I'm not a huge fan of it, so I let her take over!
I dust the top, too, so that the dough doesn't stick to your hands as you start the kneading.
Look at my little helper go! She says, "...push with your palms, and fold it back in....push with your palms, and fold it back in...." - it blows me away that she's 3.
This rises beautifully in about an hour. Preheat your oven to 375*, then slide your loaf pan in, and let it bake for 30-35 minutes; keep an eye on it after the 20 minute mark. If it starts getting too dark, just put some aluminum foil over the top.
After it is finished baking, take the loaf out of the pan, and let it cool completely on a cooling rack before slicing. This bread is slightly sweet, and makes for amazing French toast! I love easy breads that don't require a ton of crazy ingredients,that can be done in an afternoon with things that you very likely have in your pantry already!