Sunday, December 22, 2013

Whole Wheat Honey Oatmeal Bread

Can you tell I'm on a bread-making kick right now? It relaxes me, I know what I'm feeding my family and can rest assured that there aren't secret, yucky ingredients I don't want in my bread, and the smell of freshly baked bread is just plain heavenly. I saw A Cozy Kitchen using a recipe for a whole wheat honey oatmeal bread, and it turns out the recipe came from a blog called Girls vs. Dough (isn't that a great title?). I tracked down the recipe and gave it a shot. This recipes makes one giant loaf...and when I say giant, I mean it. This is the tallest bread I've ever made. But it's a relatively easy recipe, and the bread is quite tasty and so pretty. So, I'm re-posting, but the recipe is 100% from the Girl Vs. Dough blog site, which I've linked to so you can see the original.

Whole Wheat Honey Oatmeal Bread
1 cup water
1 cup milk
2 & 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
2 tablespoons honey
2.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups bread or all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats, plus more for topping loaf
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 tablespoon salt

1. Pour water and milk into a microwave-safe bowl; heat 30 to 45 seconds until warm (about 115 degrees F). Pour into the bowl of a stand mixer.

2. Add yeast and honey. Let sit 10 minutes until yeast is foamy.

3. Stir in flours, oats, butter and salt. Using a dough hook, knead on medium speed 6 minutes until dough is smooth, elastic and only slightly sticky (alternatively, knead by hand 10 to 15 minutes on a lightly floured surface until smooth, elastic and only slightly sticky). Keep dough in bowl and cover with a tea towel. Let rise 1 hour until doubled.

4. When dough is doubled, punch down and transfer to a lightly floured surface. Press into an 8-by-8-inch square, then tuck in sides slightly and roll up into a log. Transfer to a lightly greased 9-by-5-inch loaf pan, seam-side down. Cover with a tea towel and let rise 30 to 40 minutes until dough reaches the edges of the pan (but not doubled).

5. Heat oven to 400 degrees F (375 degrees F if loaf pan is dark or nonstick). Sprinkle oats on top of risen loaf. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, rotating halfway through baking, until loaf is deep brown on top and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Remove from loaf pan and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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