My gallon jar of honey is in a semi-solid state (crystallized). This is actually a good thing, since that makes it much easier to measure.
When I'm making bread (like challah, for example!), I measure my honey into a bowl (or the bread machine pan). To be completely honest, most times I just use a long-handled spoon to scoop out the honey, and try to guess on the amount. ;)
Then I heat up about half of the water that's called for in the bread recipe. I heat the water really hot (maybe even to boiling!) and add it to the honey in my bowl. Sometimes I add salt or sugar or other things that the recipe calls for, but not eggs, flour, or yeast, for sure. ;)
Then, I get one of my kitchen helpers to come and stir the honey until it melts. Before long, I have some lovely melted honey! I add the rest of the water that the recipe calls for -- only I use cold water this time. This makes the water and honey mixture the right temperature for making bread. And I continue on with my recipe... :)
Homemade whole wheat bread -- our all-time most-used recipe! :)
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