Kelly the Culinarian: Stand mixer Sunday: Honey oat bread

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Stand mixer Sunday: Honey oat bread

I'm not perfect at this baking thing yet, but I sure do like giving it a try. I was ready for a sweeter bread that maybe my family would actually eat with dinner. My problem so far is I can't get the timing right -- because this house is so cold and drafty, my bread isn't ready until 8 p.m., way past our normal dinner time.

So to be safe, I started making this honey oat bread shortly after breakfast. I was going to be victorious this time!

Start by warming up the following in the microwave until everything is incorporated:

1 and 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup butter

And put into the stand mixer bowl:
4 cups flour
1 cup oatmeal
2 teaspoons salt
1 package yeast

Using the bread hook on the lowest setting, incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry. Add 2 eggs to the mixture and add 1/2 cup flour as needed until it's a smooth, elasticy dough.

Turn out into a greased bowl, moving the dough around to grease the top. Put the dough in a warm, draft-free place in your kitchen, like an empty microwave or oven turned off. Allow it to rise for about an hour or until it's doubled in size.

Punch down the dough and knead it for a couple of minutes. Divide it into two parts and form into loaves, then place in greased loaf pans. Allow to doubled again.

Whisk together one egg white and a tablespoon water. Brush the top of the loaves with it and sprinkle oatmeal on top.

Cook in a 375-degree oven for 35 minutes. It will look quite brown on the top, but it's not burning. Remove from the pans and let them cool on wire racks.
This yielded a delicious bread that was slightly sweet and very filling. It had a toasty crust and looked good on the table.
Next week: Apple cinnamon muffins with homemade butter


daphne said...

Wow! fresh bread! what a treat. bet the smell of that goes through the whole house.

yammylicious said...

Honey oat bread.. woah! thats might be real delicious! slurp! healty breakfast'

Cakespy said...

Nice loaf, lady! mmm.

Mansi said...

that actually looks pretty good Kelly!! not bad at all:) I always have the Honey oat bread for my sandwiches!

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David T. Macknet said...

It sounds really yummy, and looks great!

Rosie said...

Hi Kelly, oh yummy!! You can't beat homemade bread and the smell when it's baking, I wish it could be bottled up and sold lol

Great combo of flavours going on with honey and oats - oh you do have me drooling :D

Rosie x

Gloria Baker said...

Kelly, love this bread, looks so yummy! Gloria

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly! The bread looks good :)

Mandira said...

the bread looks so good... delicious!

Larramie said...

Congratulations on getting the timing down. ;)

"J" said...

YUM!!!! Great pic of the loaf!!!

Julie said...

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That bread looks DE-LISH! My awesome hubby got me a great stand mixer last year for Christmas, and I'm always looking for new stuff to make...I will definitely be trying this recipe out!

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eatme_delicious said...

Yummy!! I need to try making bread in my bread machine and this loaf sounds perfect. Though I think I'd try to use some whole wheat flour in place the all purpose flour.

eatme_delicious said...

Oops for some reason I read stand mixer as bread maker! Don't mind me... but the instructions for the recipe do sound pretty simple so a bread baking novice like myself could be successful!