Last weekend was one of those weekends… A crisp bite in the air, but not really chilly. A faint note of smoke on the wind. Leaves crackling under your feet and rustling down the street. Fall has arrived and has settled in!
One of the things that I love the most is baking bread. It just seems amazing to me that a handful of simple ingredients can come together to produce something so rich and full of soul.
This bread was WONDERFUL with a bowl of vegetable beef soup. It was DELICIOUS toasted, slathered with butter, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar the next morning for breakfast. It makes a decent Grilled Cheese as well. Hope you enjoy it!
- 1-1/4 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp molasses
- 1-1/4 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 2-1/4 tsp quick rise yeast (1 envelope)
- 1/4 cup dry nonfat milk
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2-1/4 cups bread flour
- 1 Tbsp butter (for greasing pan)
- 2 tsp olive oil (for greasing bowl)
- 1 tsp oats
- Grease a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan with butter. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer, combine oats, butter, molasses, salt and honey. Pour boiling water over the top and stir well. Let stand about 10 minutes to cool.
- In a medium bowl, combine yeast, dry milk, wheat flour, and bread flour with a whisk.
- Fit the mixer with a dough hook. With the mixer on LOW speed, slowly add the dry ingredients, a cup at a time, until everything is worked in. Use more flour if you have to to get a dough that pulls away from the sides and doesn’t stick to the bowl.
- Turn up the speed to MEDIUM and mix for another 5 minutes.
- Scoop out the dough and form into a ball. Place in a bowl coated with olive oil and lightly spray the top. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm place until doubled, 45 minutes to an hour.
- Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and gently press to remove any large bubbles. Form into a log, and place in the prepared pan. Lightly coat the top with olive oil and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until the dough is about 1 inch above the rim of the pan, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- After 30 minutes of second-rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F. When the dough has finished rising in the pan, lightly sprinkle the top with 1 tsp oats. Make a slash about 1/4 inch deep lengthwise down the top center of the dough.
- Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Check the top after 30 minutes- tent with foil if it is browning too quickly.
- Let cool about 5 minutes, then turn the loaf out of the pan and let cool another 20 minutes before slicing.
Hope you’re having a wonderful Fall so far!