Monday, October 10, 2011

Honey-Oat Bread (Secret Recipe Club)

Sometimes things just don't go as planned.  Fortunately, this bread was goof-proof at a time when I really needed it to be!

I was assigned Dinners, Dishes and Desserts as my Secret Recipe Club blog for October.  Oh, the desserts!  I think I gained 5 pounds just looking at the pictures.  A few recipes are bookmarked for future taste-testing, like Cinnamon Roll Muffins--wouldn't those be a delicious breakfast treat?  Erin has recipes for all sorts of tasty treats, as well as some main-dish recipes too.

It was hard to choose, but my decision was made when I saw the recipe for Honey-Oat Bread.  I've got a toast eater in this house, and I was hoping to find a good bread recipe that would make great breakfast toast--to get him off the store-brand white bread he usually eats.  This bread has a healthy dose of oatmeal, plus a touch of sweetness from the honey.  We all liked it so much, there was barely any left for toast the next morning after we ate most of one loaf with dinner and shared the other with a neighbor.

This is some beautiful bread!

Here's the part where things didn't go as planned:  I made the dough in the bread machine, and I was really distracted when I put it all together.  (So distracted, in fact, that I dumped the yeast in with the water and other liquids--usually bread machine recipes call for the yeast to go in last, on top of the dry ingredients!)  I was also so distracted that I didn't pay attention to the part where the beaten egg is used as a wash for the tops of the loaves.  I tossed that right in to the bread machine as well.  Then I realized what I'd done, but I figured, what the heck--I'll bake it and see what I get.

2 hours later the dough cycle was done and the dough was JUST at the top of the pan.  It looked and felt just like bread dough is supposed to; slightly tacky, a little lumpy from the oatmeal (I only had old-fashioned oats).  I divided it into 2 loaves, rolled up the dough and put in greased loaf pans.

So here's the recipe as I made it (the original recipe can be found here):
Honey-Oat Bread (makes two loaves)
Printable Recipe

1 ¾ cup warm water
1 large egg, beaten
1/3 cup honey
3 Tbl Canola Oil
2 ½ tsp salt
5 cups all purpose flour
¾ cups oats (I used old-fashioned but the original called for quick oats)
1 Tbl Active Dry Yeast

Add ingredients to your bread machine pan in order recommended by the manufacturer.  Select the dough cycle.  When the cycle is done, remove bread to a floured surface and divide into two portions.  Pat or roll into a rectangle, then roll tightly and place in two greased loaf pans.  Allow to rise 1 hour.  Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes.

Thanks, Erin, for this recipe for a delicious bread that went as well with dinner as it did with breakfast!  This one is a keeper for sure.


  1. So glad you liked my version of your pumpkin syrup. I am addicted to it now in my lattes! Your bread looks delicious.

  2. I never do well making bread so I'm always impressed by beautiful loaves. Great looking recipe.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  3. What a fabulous post!  I love Erin's blog.  

    If you haven't seen my Low
    Calorie Greek Baked Eggs
    yet, I would love for you to check out my
    SRC post.

  4. What a great pick! I love this bread! I have been thinking I need to make it again. Glad you and your family liked it!

  5. This bread looks so yummy! I love making bread at home...will have to give this one a try! :)

  6. I love it when you open up your bread machine to see the bread dough pushing up to the top of the pan. Makes me know that I didn't screw anything up too badly :)

    Glad this recipe worked for you. It looks great. Love homemade bread!

  7. Great bread recipe! I need to invest in a bread machine!

  8. I don't bake nearly enough bread - this looks like something even I can handle!

  9. What a beautiful loaf of bread, no wonder it disappeared as quickly as it did!

  10. That is one gorgeous loaf of bread. I bet the egg just added a little richness. Yum!

  11. This loaf is beautiful! I need to bake a little home made bread once in awhile, you just can't beat the aroma! The oats are what got my attention.

  12. Your bread looks absolutely perfect! Wonderful choice for the SRC =)

  13. I am a sucker for homemade bread. Yours looks fantastic, thanks for sharing!



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