Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Honey Oatmeal Bread

I think this is the lost recipe, Leah! It makes three loaves and isn't all that healthy, though it's yummy. You could probably experiment with increased oats and the addition of some whole wheat flour, too.

1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup honey
1 tbsp. salt
2 cups boiling water
2 scant tablespoons yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
8 cups flour
melted butter

Combine oats, 1/4 cup butter, honey, and salt. Stir in the boiling water. Cool to lukewarm temperature. Sprinkle yeast on 1 cup lukewarm water and stir to dissolve. Add yeast mixture to 2 cups flour and the oat mixture. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the rest of the flour until a soft dough forms that leaves the sides of the bowl. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and satiny (about 8-10 minutes).

Cover, in a lightly greased bowl, and let rise in a warm place until doubled.

Punch down dough, divide into thirds, and place in 3 greased 9x5x3 pans. Let rise in warm place until doubled. Beake in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 30-35 minutes more. Brush with melted butter, remove from pans, and cool on racks.

Drizzle with honey, if desired.

1 comment:

La Joconde said...

It seems delicious.