Oatmeal Honey Bread Recipe

Step 1

Put the oatmeal, honey, salt and butter in a large mixing bowl. Add boiling water and mix together. Let stand for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 2

Following the yeast package directions, add the yeast to lukewarm water, and let it soften for about 5 minutes. Add the yeast mixture to the oats and honey mixture. Mix in the milk and stir well.

Step 3

Stir in the flour, 1/2 cup at a time. When the dough is too stiff to stir, pour it out onto a well-floured surface and knead it firmly, adding a little flour if necessary. Knead it until the dough is smooth and elastic (about 6-8 minutes). Form the dough into a ball. Place the dough into a large greased bowl, coating the entire ball of dough.

Step 4

Cover with a damp cloth and place in a warm, cozy, humid place. (I put it in a cool oven, with a small saucepan of hot tap water sitting on the bottom of the oven.) Let rise for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the dough has doubled in bulk.

Step 5

Punch down the dough and split in half. Spread the dough into two greased loaf pans, coating the dough as before, and cover with a damp cloth, and let rise for about an hour in a warm, cozy, humid place.

Step 6

Bake at 350 F for 35-40 minutes, or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Cool on a bread rack for about ten minutes.

NOTES:

* A yeast bread for people who like oatmeal. Makes 2 loaves.

* Kneading is difficult to describe in words, but many cookbooks have pictures. The idea is to exercise the dough and work some more flour into it. Bread freezes very well; give it an hour or so to thaw, then heat it up at 350 degrees F. for about ten minutes.

* Instant and quick-cooking oatmeal is not satisfactory in this recipe. Besides the ubiquitous Quaker oats, you can use any commercial rolled oats or steel-cut oats. If you use the steel-cut oats, then soak for 1 hour in step 1.

Things You'll Need

  • 2c Oatmeal, uncooked
  • -(e.g., Quaker's Old
  • -Fashioned Oatmeal)
  • 2/3c Honey
  • 2T Salt
  • 3T Butter (or margarine)
  • 1c Water, boiling
  • 2pk Yeast (dry), active
  • 1c Water, lukewarm
  • 2/3c Milk
  • 5c Flour, unbleached
  • -(up to 6 C; may
  • -substitute up to 2 C
  • -whole wheat)
  • Oil

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