Oatmeal Bread


How can it possibly have been a month since the last Secret Recipe Club reveal day?  This year has been going by way too fast!  Anyway, this month, I was given the blog A Cook's Quest.  I had a few different recipes in mind that I chose from her blog, but when it came to actually making one, I chose this oatmeal bread, which she got from Oh Sweet Basil.  Joel has become the bread baker in this family, and he typically uses a "no-knead" method, so this was a slightly different style of bread than we were used to, but it was still absolutely delicious!  I loved how the addition of the oatmeal gave the bread a great texture.  I was able to make 2 slightly smaller loaves out of this recipe, but I'm sure it could have also made one giant loaf.

1 cup Oatmeal
2 cups Boiling Water
2 1/4 Yeast (or 1 envelope)
1/4 cup Warm Water
1/2 cup Molasses or 1/3 cup Honey (I opted for honey)
2 teaspoons Salt
1 tablespoon Butter or Vegetable Oil (I opted for oil)
5 1/2 cups Flour (I used 2 1/2 cups wheat and 3 cups white)

Place the oats in a large bowl and pour the boiling water over the top.  Let stand for 15 minutes, or until lukewarm.  Meanwhile, dissolve the yeast in the warm water.  Pour the yeast mixture into the oats mixture. Add the honey (molasses), salt, and oil (butter).  Work in the flour until the dough just comes together.  Place on a floured surface and knead until smooth.  Place the dough back in a bowl, cover with a towel, and let it rise in a warm spot until it is doubled in size, about 1 hour.  Punch down the dough and form into a loaf/loaves in loaf pans.  Let the dough rise until doubled again.  Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until done.  You will know it is done when you lightly tap the top of the bread and it sounds hollow.