This recipe is from 'The America's Test Kitchen' cookbook (this a condensed version)
1) Mix dry ingredients together in bowl:
3 1/2 c flour (substitute 1 c if desire)
2 t salt
1 pkg dry active yeast
2) Heat liquids to about 110 degrees F: (using warm milk and water is key for proper rising time. If the water is too hot, it will kill the yeast, and it is too cold, the dough will take much longer to rise)
1 c milk
1/4 c water
3 T melted butter
3 T honey
3) Pour liquids into dry ingredients and mix on low for about 1 minute and then on medium-low for about 10 minutes (I mix for a bit less if using wheat flour).
4) Remove dough and knead by hand for 1 minute and then put dough into a greased bowl (make sure you cover bowl with saran wrap) and let rise about
1 1/2 hours (or until doubled in size).
5) Remove dough and knead by hand for 1 minute. Form dough into desired shape and place in bread pan to let rise for another 45 min - 1 hr. Again, keep covered in saran wrap. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place small pan of boiling water in oven and keep it there while bread is baking.
6) Spread top of dough with 1 T melted butter and then place in oven to bake for about 40 min. or until golden brown on top (sometimes I take it out a bit earlier).
7) Wait for it to cool to cut (or not) and enjoy!