Saturday, February 9, 2008

Oatmeal Bread

This is my favorite recipe for homemade bread. The recipe is easily doubled or tripled.

(adapted from the More-with-Less Cookbook)

Combine in a large bowl:
1 cup oatmeal
½ cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup honey (or less; also can use molasses, sugar, etc)
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons oil

Pour over above ingredients:
2 cups boiling water

Stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, dissolve:
1 Tbsp. yeast
½ cup warm water

When oatmeal mixture has cooled to lukewarm, add the yeast mixture.

Stir in:
5 cups whole wheat flour (can use part whole wheat, part white)

When dough is stiff enough to handle, turn onto a floured surface and knead 5-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in size (usually at least an hour). Punch down and shape into two round loaves. Place loaves on a greased baking sheet, or in greased loaf tins. If making round loaves, slash tops of loaves with a knife. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until done. Cool on a rack. When cool, store in plastic bags.

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