Sunday, September 15, 2019

Oatmeal Bread

This is a lovely bread for a hearty toast on a crisp Fall morning.  I started it in the bread maker for convenience but you could also use a stand mixer bread hook or even mix and knead as you please.

1 and 1/3 cup of water
3 Tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons of olive oil or vegetable oil
3/4 cup of quick oats
1 and 3/4 teaspoons of salt
3 and 3/4 cups of bread flour (all purpose works as well)
2 tablespoons of oat bran (likely is optional but haven't tested that)
2 tablespoons of dry milk
2 tablespoons of active dry yeast

Add the ingredients to the bread making starting with the liquids. including the water, oil and I add the salt at this stage as well (or as you bread machine advises)  then the dry ingredients starting with the flour, milk powder, then oats, oat bran  and finally yeast.  I'm not sure that order is important to be honest but it seems to work.

Put the Bread machine on the dough setting.  When it is complete, turn the dough out onto the counter (try to avoid using additional flour, this bread can get dry quickly so retain moisture as much as possible).  Knead for a minute or two to be sure the dough is smooth and strong (the internal dough should be around 80 degrees). 

Take a loaf pan, spray lightly with oil.  Shape your loaf and put it into the loaf pan seam side down.  Put the entire pan into a loose grocery bag trying to not let it fall onto the dough.  Leave it in the bag to rise for about an hour. 

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 for about 30 minutes or until the core temperature is 200 degrees C. 
Remove and turn out onto a rack for cooling.

Let the bread cool before cutting into it (the smell will make that difficult) 

Enjoy this hearty bread as toast or make a sandwich for your lunch and watch your coworkers drool.