Honey Oatmeal Bread

My 15 year old son is in love with homemade bread.  When we moved a couple of years ago, I quit teaching to stay home full time.  It was my son’s request that I have hot bread waiting for him every day when he gets home from school!  Well, I’m sorry to say that it doesn’t happen quite that often, but I am making it pretty regularly.  It’s perfect to add to any dinner and the leftovers make incredible toast the next morning. (Cinnamon sugar sprinkled over the buttered bread, then lightly toasted in the oven.  Oh, my!!!)

There’s nothing quite as satisfying in the realm of baking as being able to make yeast breads.  It’s incredibly cheap to make, very filling (remember that I have a teenage boy), and delicious!  It takes some time from start to finish, but the time actually working with the dough is pretty minimal.  Don’t shy away because you think it’s too hard, try it.  You’re family will LOVE it!

 

Honey Oatmeal Bread

Yield: 2 Loaves

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups warm milk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 + cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats

Directions:

Dissolve yeast in warm water.

Microwave the milk so that it is warm to the touch and add with the sugar and honey.

Combine water and milk.  Stir well.

Add everything else to the mixture and mix well.

Knead and let double in size in an oiled bowl.

Punch down and knead again.  Form into two loaves.

Cover and let double in size.

Bake at 350 °F for about 30-40 minutes.  It should be light brown on the top when done.