23 March 2012

honey oatmeal bread

i can now say that i am a true bread snob.  i have a bosch.  doesn't that make you a bread snob immediately?  i even skipped sacrament meeting sunday just to make some bread.  i used this recipe, using the molasses as a sweetener, and it was mighty good!  i tried out this oatmeal recipe a while back and i really love it too.  it comes from the brown eyed baker website but it only makes one loaf.  one loaf!  we blow through one loaf in a few minutes!  so i had to convert it to make two loaves and i'm actually going to double this recipe and make 4 loaves in my giant bosch!  again, i apologize for the bosch snootiness.  this bread is such a perfect bread for anything from bread and butter (yum carbs!) with dinner to a healthy veggie sandwich (superhero sandwich, anyone?).
so thanks brown eyed baker for a delicious new oatmeal bread recipe.  and brown eyes?  awesome!

makes 2 9x5 size loaves:
1 1/2 cups boiling water
2 cups rolled oats
4 tbsp butter
3 tsp salt
1/2 cup honey
2 cups whole wheat flour
3 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup dry milk
2 tbsp yeast

in a large mixer or bowl, place boiling water, oats, butter, salt and honey.  mix for a few minutes until everything is combined.  let rest until mixture comes down to room temperature.  add dry milk and yeast and mix to combine.  add both flours about 1-2 cups at a time until dough has absorbed the flour and is not sticking to bowl.  you may need less flour than the recipe calls for, just knead dough together adding flour a little at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.  you want a dough that pulls away from the bowl, but still sticks just a little to your hands.  knead dough with mixer, or by hand for about 5 minutes until dough is tacky and soft.  divide dough into two portions and roll into desired shape.  i usually roll, snake like, into a bread loaf shape and then place into a 9 x 5 glass loaf pan.  you can also roll into more of a french bread shaped loaf and place on top of a large jelly roll (sheet pan) to rise and bake.
bake in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes or until top is nicely browned and bread sounds hollow when tapped.  brush top with butter and sprinkle with oats.  makes a beautiful loaf!

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