204. oatmeal bread
have your oats
I have spoilt my husband. How you all may be wondering. If I make soup for dinner, which happens at least thrice a week, he wants home baked bread as he finds the normal Supa bread tasteless. I have made oatmeal bread quite a few times with different options and all have turned out pretty good. Make it into a normal loaf, make it round, plait it or shape into rolls. Enjoy the smell of a freshly baked loaf . It is very therapeutic.
2-2½ cups plain flour
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp melted butter or olive oil
2 tbsp honey or brown sugar
2¼ tsp instant active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1-1¼ cups warm milk
2 tbsps milk or honey for brushing on top
2 tbsps rolled oats for topping
extra oil for greasing
- Sieve both the flours together. Add salt and oats and mix well.
- Add sugar or honey to the warm milk. Mix till the sugar dissolves.
- Add yeast to the flour and mix well. If you are not using instant yeast, then let it activate in ¼ cup of warm milk with a teaspoon of sugar from the measured sugar or honey. Leave for 10 minutes until the mixture becomes frothy.
- Rub in the oil or butter into the flour.
- Add the yeast mixture (if you not using instant yeast) and milk and form a dough. The amount of milk required will depend on how much is absorbed by the flour and oats.
- If the dough is sticky, dust the worktop with extra flour. Knead the dough using the heel of your palm for nearly 10 minutes or using a kneading machine.
- The dough should become soft and silky. Form the dough into a big ball. Rub oil all over it.
- Grease a big bowl with oil. Place the dough in the bowl.
- Cover it with a cling film. Place the bowl in a warm place.
- Let the dough rise till it becomes double the size. This may take about 2 hours.
- Knock the dough down with your knuckles gently and bring it together. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes.
- Using extra flour or oil, shape it into the required shape.
- Grease the pan or tray and place the shaped dough onto it.
- Brush the top with milk or melted honey. Sprinkle oats over the top.
- Place again in a warm place till it rises for nearly 1 to 1½ hours.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Place the risen dough into the hot oven and bake till it turns golden brown on top.
- Loaves take about 25 to 30 minutes to get baked whereas rolls take about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Brushing it with honey makes the bread taste slightly sweet.
- Can use only plain flour instead of wheat if you like.
- If you use only wheat flour, then increase the amount of yeast required to 3 tsps.
- If you are using a pan or loaf tin, its usually better to let the dough rise to at least 1 inch above the rim.
- If you shape the bread and place it on a tray, then the dough should become nearly double the original size.
- Do not knead the dough on a cold worktop. It will kill the yeast.
- Can use an egg wash instead of milk or honey for the topping.
- For kneading technique and egg wash, check out my rosemary sunflower seed bread.
- For the first proving stage, I like to place the whole bowl into a big clean plastic shopping bag and tie it up.