September 8, 2010

last week i mentioned i was trying a new bread recipe, and promised to let you know if it was a smash. so, here i am to tell you: this is my latest bread love. seriously, i love it. your taste buds would remember the goodness of plain butter + jam toast better, if they had a slice of this bread to be spread upon. your brown bag lunch would be a bit more charming, if it held a sandwich cut from this loaf. and i really do suspect your life will be happier if you bake this insanely good bread. the end.


oatmeal sandwich bread
adapted just a teensy bit from orangette

1 package (2 1/4 tsp.) yeast
2 T. unsulpured molasses
1 T. honey
2 cups warm water
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour*
2 cups unbleached flour
1 cup rolled oats
4 T. butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 1/4 tsp. salt

* the original recipe just calls for 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, but i threw in this 1/2 cup of white whole wheat because i wanted to use it up.

in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 2 cups warm water, the yeast, molasses and honey. stir briefly, and then allow the yeast to bloom for about 5 minutes. add the flours, oats, and butter, and stir to mix (i used a whisk). the dough will look rough and shaggy. cover with a towel, and let stand for 30 minutes.

attach the bowl and bread hook to the mixer. add the salt, and mix on medium speed for 6 minutes. the dough should come together around the hook and slap around the sides of the bowl without sticking. (sprinkle 1-2 more tablespoons of flour down the sides of the bowl if dough is sticking.)

place dough in a greased bowl and let rise 1 hour. when dough has doubled in size, shape it in your hands and place in a greased loaf pan, seam side down, and press it gently into the corners of the pan. cover with a towel, and let rise again for about 1 hour. while it's rising preheat oven to 400 degrees. when dough has finished its second rise, bake for about 40 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. the loaf is ready when top and bottom crusts are nicely browned, and sounds hollow when thumped on top. remove from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting, so that the crumb has time to set.

enjoy, my friends. it even has a little sandwich-loaf-lip on the top crust!
and don't be discouraged by the lengthy instructions, they're just graciously thorough.
and now i'm off to school! hooray! be back soon.


Bonnie said...

oh, I love homemade bread. I make whole wheat bread a lot. I would definately be interested in trying this recipe. I know my kids would love it. Thanks for the post!

Christina said...

Sounds yummy! I need to get back into a bread making routine.

{natalie} said...

Thanks for posting this. I am going to try it this week.

Elizabeth said...

Just gave you an award on my blog :) Happy Wednesday!

Jordan and Jandee said...

Can't wait to try this one!

Miranda said...

Mmm...this is next on my list. Don't you just love Molly? I practically feel bound to obey her. She says "bake" is say, "how hot?"

Now with a recommendation from Molly and you combined? I'm in trouble. said...

mmm...summer you are completely inspiring me to go out on a limb and bake my first loaf of real bread. i just might have to pick up some molasses at the store!

Katie said...

I can't wait to give this a try! homemade bread is the best. I love knowing what's in things....

Anonymous said...

Delicious recipe! The three of us devoured both loves in three days. But are you sure it's 400 degrees for 40 minutes? The crust was a nice dark golden brown at twenty minutes, but the inside was a little underdone.

Pretty little things... said...

Tried it yesterday, it turned out great! Thanks so much for sharing!



about this blog

Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

"If Christ be anything, He must be everything."
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