Ohhhh, this cooler rainy weather sure puts me in the mood to bake bread. I know a lot of people who are so intimidated by bread making. But really….you mustn’t be skeered. Conquer your fear! Think of how fun it is to play with all that dough. Think of how good that hot, crusty bread is going to smell, baking in your oven. Think of that feeling of accomplishment, as you put your arms up in the air screaming “I baked bread!!!!!!!!” Feeling excited now? Ready to start? Yes!!!
This is one of my favorite bread recipes. It is delicious. It’s oatsy, slightly sweet and soooooo good toasted and slathered with butter. I just know you are going to love this.
Honey Oat Bread
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup oats
2 1/4 tsp rapid rise yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup honey
In a large bowl of a standing mixer, combine the flour, oats, yeast and salt. In a small sauce pan, heat the milk and butter just until butter melts. Don’t boil it. Now stir in the water and honey. It should just be warm, not hot. Pour that milk and honey mixture into the mixing bowl with the flour mixture. Mix it together with a dough hook, just until it comes together as dough. Remove that dough off the hook and then continue to mix (knead), until the dough is smooth, about 8 minutes. At the end of that 8 minutes the dough still feels sticky, add 2 tbsp of flour and continue to knead until the dough just feels tacky, not sticky.
Place the dough into an oiled bowl, cover with a dish towel and allow to rise until doubled in size. This takes between 1/2 hour to 1 hour. Once doubled, place the dough onto a floured surface. Using your fingers, flatten the dough into a 9×11 rectangle. Roll the dough tightly into a loaf, tucking in the ends. Carefully place the dough into a lightly greased 9 x 5″ loaf pan. Cover with towel again and allow to rise again (doubled).
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Once the dough is doubled again, carefully brush the top with 2 tbsp of warm honey. Sprinkle with some oats. Bake bread for 40-45 minutes until the bread is nice and brown. Allow to cool before slicing.
Yay!!! You are now a baker of bread!!!