Honey Oat Bread

September 27, 2007 at 5:39 pm | Posted in Breads | Leave a comment

I made this a few weeks ago for Rob. He loved it, I loved it. It makes a hearty, dense loaf that’s perfect with stews and gravies. Or plain. Or warmed up with a little butter. Or …

4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
2 packages active dry yeast
1 tablespoon salt
2 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 egg
3 (or so) cups all-purpose flour

In a mixing bowl, combine whole wheat flour, oats, yeast, and salt. In a saucepan, heat water, honey, and butter to 120-130 deg. Add to dry ingredients; beat until blended. Beat in egg until smooth. Stir in enough all-purpose flour to form a stiff dough.

Turn onto a floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled – about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape into loaves. Place on two greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubles, about 30 minutes.

With a sharp knife, make several shallow x-shaped cuts across top of each loaf. Sprinkle with additional oats if desired. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until browned. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

(I find this works really well if I use my pizza stone instead of cookie sheets)


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