Honey Oatmeal Bread
2 c boiling water
1c rolled oats
1 (0.25oz) package active dry yeast
1/2c warm water
4c bread flour
(you can spread honey and sprinkle with oats before putting in over, but I don’t.)
* Bring water to a boil. While it’s getting there, put oats, honey, salt, and butter into a big bowl.
* Once water is boiling, pour water over oat mixture and let sit for an hour.
* In a small bowl (I use the 1 cup measure), put the warm water and yeast together. Let sit for 10 minutes.
* Once yeast mixture is creamy, pour into the oat mixture.
* Add 2c of flour to the mix. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2c at a time.
* Place dough on a well-floured surface and knead.
* Place dough back into an oiled bowl and let rise. (I wait an hour.)
* Cut dough in half and place in buttered pans.
* Let dough rise (another hour.)
* Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
Trying to save in all ways I can, I buy the honey and yeast in bulk. I have a 4 ounce jar of yeast that I use. I just measure out 2 1/4tsp.
This bread takes grilled cheese sandwiches to a whole new level!
I will say, making bread is difficult. It's all about the timing. When I have messed up, it's because I let the yeast sit too long, or let the dough sit too long while it rising. I have to make sure when I am making this recipe that I don't get distracted while waiting.
There is absolutely nothing like homemade bread. I really hope my kids remember my bread, like my dad remembers my grandma’s pound cake. I will make it for them as long as they want. When they are 40 with their own families, I will make them their bread on their visits.
Starting one memory at a time!