#myHoneyRock: You Knead this Recipe!

February 12, 2016

Here’s a favorite of campers and their families: HoneyRock’s White Bread, which is served regularly for dinner and sold on Family Days. It’s a great recipe, made entirely from scratch here at HoneyRock’s bakery. 

“The bread is one of the best parts of HoneyRock,” says Laura Gleason, a junior at Wheaton. “When you’re tired after a long day with your campers and you get to dinner, it’s going to be okay because the bread is always delicious.” 

Served only at dinner, HoneyRock’s white bread can be spread with honey butter or cinnamon butter. During the school year, the bread great for PB&J sandwiches—just not during the summer, when the camp is peanut-free. Any leftover bread is cut up and used to make croutons for the salad bar. 

Here’s the recipe to make four loaves: 

• 4 cups warm water 
• ½ cup sugar 
• 1½ Tablespoon salt 
• 1 Tablespoon yeast 
• ¼ cup oil 
• 10 cups flour 

1. Pour half the water into mixing bowl 
2. Add sugar, salt, yeast and oil and measure flour on top 
3. Pour remaining water over dry ingredients 
4. Mix for 5 minutes with dough hook (or knead a little longer by hand if you don’t have one) 
5. Poke dough with finger—if it sticks to your finger, add more flour until it's no longer sticky 
6. Knead for 5 more minutes 
7. Preheat oven to 150 
8. Cut dough into 4 loaves (about 24 ounces each) and place in greased loaf pans 

9. Place loaves in oven and turn oven off to let them rise for 15 minutes 
10. Turn oven on and let heat to 150, then turn oven off and let rise again for 15 minutes

11. Turn oven to 350 and bake for approximately 24 minutes or until middle of loaf reaches 180 degrees 

John 6:32-35 ESV 
Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst."

~written by Lydia H. Stucki