Thursday, March 25, 2010

Honey Oatmeal Bread and a snow day!

One of my favorite things is a snow day. A snow day is like Christmas Eve, it's a gift of a day where you feel entitled to sit around, watch movies, play games and do some baking, all in your sweats.

My youngest is a senior this year and here it was the end of March and not even one snow day. I'd given up hope until yesterday.  It started snowing at 5pm and by 9 we had 6" of snow and by 10pm they had already called school.

I just made a batch of my favorite bread recipe with a touch of honey and a little bit of oatmeal.

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Perfect Honey Oatmeal Bread
This recipe will make 2 loaves.
1/4 cup warm water
1  package active dry yeast (.25 ounce) or 2 1/4 TBS of instant yeast
1 TBS white sugar
1 cup regular or quick cooking oatmeal
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/4 cup dry powdered milk (optional)
1 tsp salt
2 TBS honey
2 TBS brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
3 cups white flour (bread flour if you have it, if not all purpose)
  1. If you are using regular or quick rise active yeast place 1/4 cup warm (under 110 degrees),  1 tsp sugar and the active yeast in a small bowl to proof the yeast, if you have instant yeast just mix the dry instant yeast into your whole wheat flour. 
  2. Into a large bowl of your mixer or any large bowl if mixing by hand add the warm water, dry powdered milk, oatmeal, honey, brown sugar, salt and oil or butter and stir to combine.
  3. Add the whole wheat flour and 2 cups of the white flour and combine well. 
  4. Continue to add the white flour until the dough comes together and is just barely tacky to the touch. Bread dough should not be smooth and dry it should be tacky to the touch but not pull off onto your hands. 
  5. Beat or knead until dough is elastic and when you poke it the dough springs back up. 
  6. Let sit covered for 5 minutes then knead again for 30 seconds. 
  7. Shape into a ball and place upside down in a bowl you have coated with vegetable oil. Turn ball over and cover the bowl with a damp cloth. 
  8. Let it sit until the dough has doubled in size.
  9. Dump out onto a floured counter top and roll out into an 18" wide rectangle. 
  10. Cut the rectangle into 2- 9" squares and roll up into a log pinching the seams and the ends. 
  11. Place into 2 greased 9" loaf pans and cover with a damp cloth. 
  12. Preheat your oven to 350°
  13. Let sit until doubled in size. 
  14. Place into a preheated 350° oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. They should sound hollow when tapped or use an instant read thermometer. It should read between 190° to 195° (don't forget to take 2 degrees off of that temp. for every 1000 feet of altitude you live at. i live at 6000 feet so I bake to a temp of around 180° to 185°)
  15. Remove from oven and pan and cool on a rack. My family doesn't lie a hard crust so I rum a tsp of butter over the crust to keep it soft.

    1 comment:

    Jo-Jo said...

    I totally agree with you about the snow days! I don't have kids at home any more but I still look forward to them. Thanks for sharing the recipe...I'm going to have to try this out!