Saturday, November 14, 2009

Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

This is a very easy homemade bread recipe. The bread is really good made with oatmeal, or I enjoy making it with this 5 grain rolled cereal instead. I like how simple this recipe is - you add all the flour and yeast at the beginning and after adding the rest of the ingredients, you simply turn on your mixer and let it knead! Enjoy!!!

Oatmeal Sandwich Bread
Adapted from The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook

1 c. water
1 c. old fashioned oats (I like to use 5 grain - rolled whole grain hot cereal)
Bring water to boil and add oatmeal. Boil for 1 minute then cool until warm

1 c. warm milk (I microwave it for 1 ½ minutes – your time may vary)
3 TBSP cold butter (cut up and added to the hot milk –this melts the butter and cools the milk enough)
3 TBSP honey

In mixer bowl combine:
3+ c. bread flour
2 ¼ tsp. rapid rise yeast (one envelope)
2 tsp. salt

Add the oats to the flour mixture, and then add the milk mixture.
Knead with a dough hook in a mixer for 10 minutes (once it is combined) Add more flour as needed to pull away from the sides of the bowl.

Let rise, covered, until doubled

Form into loaf by gently pressing the dough into a 9 inch square, then roll the dough into a tight cylinder and pinch the seam closed and put in bread pan, seam side down. Cover with plastic wrap.

Let rise until doubled

Brush with 1 TBSP melted butter
Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes (Set an empty loaf pan on the oven rack next to the bread and fill it half full with boiling water)

Flip the bread out onto a wire rack and let cool to room temperature before slicing.

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