Monday, February 28, 2011

Honey Oat Bread

If you mention a food item that you *love*,
chances are, I'll want to try it.

That's how it happened with Trader Joes' Honey Oat Bread.

Two recommendations from the lovely L's at church, and I was hooked!

It's tasty, delicious, and even good for you.

It's also just a little pricier than the bread I'm used to buying.

So...I had to figure out how to make it.

I think this recipe comes pretty close.
Not exact.
But close!

Plus, it's easy!
Yes, homemade bread that is EASY!

Give it a try!

Honey Oat Bread

1 3/4 cups warm water (105°F to 110°F)
1 tablespoon dry yeast
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup honey
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
5 cups (about) all purpose flour

1 large egg, beaten to blend
Additional quick-cooking oats

Stir 1/4 cup warm water and yeast in large bowl. Let stand 10 minutes to dissolve yeast. Stir in remaining 1 1/2 cups water, 3/4 cup oats, honey, oil, and salt. Stir in enough flour to form soft dough. Coat another large bowl with oil. Transfer dough to oiled bowl and turn to coat.

Cover with plastic wrap, then kitchen towel and let rise at room temperature until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Oil two 8 1/2x4 1/2x2 1/2-inch loaf pans. Punch down dough; shape into 2 loaves. Place 1 loaf in each pan. Cover and let rise in warm draft-free area until almost doubled in volume, about 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush tops of loaves with egg; (I just brushed my loaves with olive oil) sprinkle with additional oats. Bake until brown on top and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool completely. (Can be prepared up to 1 day ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.)

 *This bread is best toasted and served with homemade apple butter, jam, or slices of Trader Joe's dill havarti cheese (idea courtesy of a lovely L, of course!).


Unknown said...

is there anything better than the smell of homemade bread? *sigh*

peter marie said...

Yummy! I am seriously, seriously, going to make this once I remember to buy oatmeal. I dream of a day where one day a week is my "bread making day". Doesn't that sound lovely?!

sara said...

this looks and sounds wonderful!!! I am going to try this this week!!!

Amber said...

wait a's not fat friday! how could you post something sooo fantastic!? I can't wait to try it! I love bread!