Dissolve yeast in warm water with 1/2 Tablespoon of honey.
Let stand 5 to 10 minutes until it bubbles up.
Measure and blend flours in medium bowl.
In large bowl combine remaining honey, salt, egg and ale; blend
in yeast mixture.
With electric mixer beat in 1 1/2 cups flour blend, and beat at medium
speed for 2 or 3 minutes. Add 1 cup more of flour and beat briefly.
Stir in enough of the remaining flour to achieve a soft, but not too
Knead dough (by hand or in electric mixer fitted with dough hook) for
Place kneaded dough in a greased bowl large enough for dough to double
in size. Turn the dough over so top of dough is greased too.
Cover loosely with clean towel, waxed paper or plastic wrap. Place
in a warm spot until doubled in size. About one hour.
After risen, punch dough down. Shape into loaf, and place onto
greased or parchment lined baking sheet. Cover loosely as before
and let rise until doubled in size. ***
Bake on center rach of 375 degree oven for 35 to 45 minutes until browned.
Cool on wire rack.
***Alternatively, after punching down, shape into loaf and place into
greased glass bowl. Cover loosely with foil. In pre-heated
5-6 qt. slow-cooker, place 1/2 cup hot water, then put loaf bowl on top
of trivet, cover slow- cooker and bake on High for 3 hours. Loaf
probably will not brown.