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Emotional Baking
Emotional Baking
adrift milk and honey bread.
I'm adrift - like a boat lost on the water. Being aimless, at a loss, and completely directionless only makes it feel worse. It’s better to turn to something that brings a little comfort (and comes with instructions). I think I'll bake.
I'm feeling...
something that’s familiar and grounding,
something I can follow along with (until I slowly find my way),
something with a heartening (and calming) scent,
something with a mellow and slightly sweet taste...
  • I’m adrift
  • I’ll bake
  • Milk and Honey Bread
  • Warm, Mellow, Sweet
  • Home
You couldn’t possibly bake more comfort into a loaf of bread if you tried. This warm bread feels like home...
milk and honey bread.
Print Recipe
Prep time: 20 minutes, Rest time: 1 hour and 20 minutes, Bake time: 30 minutes
Makes 2 loaves
  • 1 ½ tbsp active dry yeast
  • 3 cups milk, warmed
  • ½ cup honey, warmed
  • 6 ¾ cup (1 kg or 1066 g) all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp coarse sea salt
Let's hope this gets me somewhere...
Pour the warmed milk and honey into a large bowl. Stir in the yeast.
Slowly mix in the flour and salt and knead together until it becomes a rough mound. You can do this by hand or use a stand mixer.
Continue to knead the dough for 5 minutes, on a floured surface, adding more flour, as needed, until it appears smooth and well incorporated.
...just keep going...
Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a towel. Allow to rise in a warm place for 40 minutes.
Put parchment paper inside 2 loaf pans. Set aside.
Separate the dough into 2 equal halves and press each loaf into the prepared pans.
Allow the bread dough to rise, uncovered, in a warm place for 40 minutes.
Focusing on each step as it comes is helpful – it’s a step in the right direction.
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Brush the loaves with milk.
Drop the oven temperature to 375°F then bake the loaves for 30 minutes on the lowest rack in the oven.
The scent in the air has me feeling peaceful even though I’m still a little lost.
Let the bread cool in the loaf pan for 15 minutes before moving it to a cooling rack. Wait to slice the bread until it reaches room temperature.
With a cup of hot tea, a warm slice of bread with butter before me, and the smell of freshly baked bread still in the air, I realize I’m not (magically) back on course, but I am in a place of great comfort and that feels like the beginning of something...
adrift milk and honey bread.
adrift milk and honey bread.
Emotional Baking
Baking can be a lot of things – it can be distracting but simple, it can be movement with focus, it can be whatever you need when you need it. Choose a recipe to fit the mood and it becomes a useful tool as well – baking to quiet the mind, to connect with your emotions, or simply baking to feel emotional. Just think of the feelings you get and the emotions you experience when baking your favourite dessert…. excitement, relief, fulfillment, joy, accomplishment.
At Emotional Baking, our recipes can be the starting point to somewhere - it can lead you to a place of great comfort, one that feels like the beginning of something, something good...
A note for anyone who needs it:
Baking, while wonderful, can only help so much...
If you’re struggling in any way,
If you feel alone or you need help,
Contact your primary care physician or follow the links below to find help in your area. You are never alone!
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