Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Honey Oatmeal Bread

This sweet white bread is sure to be a hit with your family. It is also made with honey, which is a natural preservative to keep this bread fresh a few days longer.


Honey Oatmeal Bread
Makes 1 loaf

1 1/3 cup water (110 ° F )
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons dry milk
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 cup steel cut oats
2 teaspoons flax seeds
2 teaspoons yeast
1 egg

In a large bowl, completely dissolve the sugar or honey in warm water and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam, about 10 minutes.

Mix salt and dry milk into the yeast mixture. Add lemon juice. Combine with the flour. Add steel cut oats and flax seeds. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic. It should be slightly sticky but not so sticky that it clings to your hands. If it is, add a little flour to obtain the right consistency. If it's too dry, it'll break or flake apart in crumbs; use a little more water in this case.

Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into a loaf, and place into a well oiled 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Cover with a kitchen cloth or plastic wrap and allow to rise for 25-30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.

Whisk egg and brush on the dough just prior to baking. Using a sharp knife, cut small slits into the top of the dough to create relief points as the dough bakes and expands.

Bake at 350 ° F for 30 minutes. Remove from pan and allow to cool on wire rack.


Honey Oatmeal Bread (Bread Machine Directions)
Makes 1 loaf

1 1/3 cup water (110 ° F )
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons dry milk
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 cup steel cut oats
2 teaspoons flax seeds
2 teaspoons yeast
1 egg

Add water, honey and lemon juice to bread machine. Layer bread flour, salt, flax seed, oats and yeast.

Set bread machine to dough setting.

When dough setting is complete, remove dough.

Shape into a loaf, and place into a well oiled 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Allow to rise for 25-30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.

Whisk egg and brush on the dough just prior to baking. Using a sharp knife, cut small slits into the top of the dough to create relief points as the dough bakes and expands. 

Bake at 350° F for 30 minutes. Remove from pan and allow to cool on wire rack.

To freeze: Let loaf cool completely. Put in an airtight plastic freezer bag and place in freezer for up to six weeks.

To thaw: Take loaf out of the freezer and allow to thaw for at least 3 hours prior to use.