Do you enjoy making bread? Or do you avoid it because you feel it is too complicated to make? It's very simple and I hope if you don't make bread you will give it a try. If you have a stand mixer it is a lot easier than you think to get a wonderful loaf of bread. I have the Kitchen Aid Professional with the bowl lift. Of course you can also make bread by hand. I remember seeing my Grandmother making bread with such fondness. I truly have never been able to make bread that tastes quite like hers! With so many of us being so busy making bread by hand can be out of the question. A lot of the bread making business involves a lot of time where you can be doing other things. So I hope you will give bread making a try.
I have used many different recipes over the years to find the perfect bread for my family. Do we eat bread at every meal? No. We do eat bread at breakfast for toast and bread for sandwiches. When I make bread I place the finished cooled loaves in the freezer and bring out a loaf to thaw in the refrigerator for our use as needed. I made a delicious bread today and I thought you may like to try it. It's from the Kitchen Aid cookbook that came with my mixer. So you may already have this recipe.
Honey Oatmeal Bread
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/3 cup of butter
- 5 1/2-6 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 cup of quick cooking oats
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 packages active dry yeast
- 2 eggs
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon water
- Oatmeal to sprinkle on top
Place water, honey, and butter in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until very warm-120 to 130 degrees.
In mixing bowl place oats, 5 cups of flour, salt and yeast. If using a stand mixer use dough hook and turn speed to 2 and mix for 15 seconds. With mixer still on 2 gradually add warm mixture to flour mixture and mix for 1 minute. Add eggs and mix for 1 minute longer.
Continuing on speed 2, add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and mix about 2 minutes or until dough starts to clean sides of the bowl. Knead on speed 2 about 2 minutes longer.
Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place, free from draft, about 1 hour, or until doubled.
Punch dough down and divide in half. Shape each half into a loaf by rolling each half into a 9 by 13 inch rectangle. Then roll your rectangle into a loaf and seal the ends. Place in a greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch baking pans. Cover and let rise until doubled in size about 1 hour.
Beat egg white with water to make a wash to cover the risen loaves. Sprinkle oatmeal on top of egg wash. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. My loaves were ready in 30 minutes.