Smelling bread baking is like an aphrodisiac to my wife. She goes ga-ga for freshly baked bread. I think it’s that way for many of us. The smell is so compelling. Mmmmmm bread! We usually can’t wait to slap some butter on a slice and chow away. This honey oatmeal bread is no exception. The best way to enjoy it, in my opinion, is slightly toasted with butter and homemade jam, just sayin’. The oatmeal gives it a bit of a rich nutty flavor and is slightly sweet from the honey. Really this is a great all around bread. Use it for anything, but mainly toast .
Honey Oatmeal Bread
Adapted from Kitchen Aid Mixer Recipe book.
Makes 2 loaves.
- 1 1/2 C. Water
- 1/2 C. Honey
- 1/3 C. Butter
- 5 1/2 – 6 1/2 C. AP Flour
- 1 C. Quick cooking oats
- 2 t. Salt
- 4 1/2 t. Active dry yeast
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Egg white
- 1 T. water
- Place water, honey, and butter in small saucepan. Heat over low heat until mixture is very warm.
- First place oats, then 5 cups of flour, salt, and yeast in a mixer bowl. Using the dough hook turn speed to 2 and mix about 15 seconds to mix ingredients. Continue mixing and gradually add warm mixture to flour mixture and mix for about 1 minute. Add eggs and mix 1 minute longer.
- Continuing on speed 2, add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough starts to clean the sides of the bowl. Should still be a tacky dough. Continue to knead on speed 2 about 2 more minutes.
- Place dough in greased bowl, turning the dough around to grease top. Cover and let rise for about an hour, or until doubled in size.
- Punch down dough and divide in half. Shape loaf and place in greased 8.5″x4.5″ pans. I recommend my pans, they’re awesome! Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
- Beat egg white and water together with a fork. Brush tops of loaves with mixture. Sprinkle with oatmeal. Bake at 375 degrees F. for . Remove from Pans immediately and cool on wire racks.