1 Warm the milk and bloom the yeast: In a small saucepan set over medium-low heat add the milk and honey and stir constantly until the milk is warm and the honey has dissolved. Remove the milk from heat.
When it’s warm to the touch but not hot (about 100°F), sprinkle the yeast over the milk and stir. Set aside for 5 minutes until small bubbles start to form. If bubbles do not form, discard and start over with new yeast.
2 Melt the butter: In a small microwave-safe bowl add the cubed butter. Cover the bowl and microwave the butter for 30 to 45 seconds, or until the butter is mostly melted. Some solid chunks are ok.
3 Prepare the dough: Into a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer add the milk mixture and butter, making sure to scrape into the bowl any solid parts or yeast residue. Add the eggs, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and almond extract (if using).