Oatmeal Bread Recipe

There's nothing better than freshly baked bread. It makes your house smell great, your family adore you and your neighbors will think that you are a domestic goddess. This oatmeal bread is very easy to make and is a great recipe for a beginner. I used a Kitchen-Aid but a hand mixer and some good old fashion elbow grease would still get the job done.

Judi, of Judi in the Kitchen, created a recipe for two oatmeal bread loaves. I have adapted her recipe to make a single loaf of bread.

 Oatmeal Bread

3/4 C boiling water

3/4 C quick oats ( I used regular oatmeal)

.75 oz. (1 1/2 Tbsp) butter

1/8 C honey

1 1/2 tsp brown sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp potato starch (optional)

10 oz. (2 Cups)  bread flour

1 package (1/4 oz.) Rapid Rise yeast

1 egg + 1 tsp water for egg wash

melted butter (optional)

In a saucepan or kettle, heat water to boiling. Meanwhile, place oats, butter, honey, brown sugar, salt and potato starch (optional) in a mixer bowl with a paddle attachment until well blended and the temperature reduces to 120-130 degrees.

Change mixer paddle to a dough hook. Add flour, yeast and eggs; mix on low to medium speed for 8-10 minutes. Remove bowel from mixer, lightly coat dough with oil, or cooking spray, cover and allow dough to rest 10 minutes.

On a lightly floured board, form the dough into a loaf and place it into a greased loaf pan. Place in an oven proof box (see video) or spray with nonstick cooking spray, cover with waxed paper and a towel and allow dough to rise ON (not in) a warm oven for about 30 minutes.

Mix the egg and water. Brush the risen dough with the egg wash and top with oats. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from an and place on a wire rack. Brush top with melted butter (optional). Allow bread to cool before cutting.

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