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.
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):
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.