In a large bowl, mix the honey and warm water together, add the yeast and stir until dissolved.
Add 2 ½ cups of the flour and the salt to the yeast mixture.
Stir until you get a ball of dough. The dough will be soft.
---all of these parts are super handy to do if you have a mixer!
Put the dough on a floured surface. Knead until smooth and stretchy (about 9 minutes) adding in the remaining flour as needed to keep the dough from becoming too sticky.
---if you have a mixer with a dough hook...use it here!
Place the dough in a bowl sprayed with cooking spray or coated with oil.
Put the bowl in a warm place and cover with a towel (or use my warm water in bowl method above :)) or plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray.
Let the dough rise until doubled in size. (about 45 minutes)
Punch your down and then cover and wait 5 minutes.
Gently shape the dough into a loaf.
Place in loaf pan coated with spray, butter, shortening.
Cover (again with a towel or sprayed plastic wrap) and let rise until doubled again (about 45 minutes)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C)
Bake at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes.
if you like...apply a egg or milk wash before baking.