- 1 envelope yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 cup warm water
- pinch of ginger (helps activate the yeast)
- 2 cups warm buttermilk
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled so that it is warm to the touch but not hot.
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 6 cups white bread flour
Mix the ginger, sugar, yeast, and water and set aside for five minutes.
Mix buttermilk, honey, salt, baking soda in with the yeast mixture.
Add three cups of flour and mix until smooth. On an electric mixer it is about 5 minutes on low speed.
Mix in butter until it is totally incorporated into batter.