Saturday, October 16, 2010

Whole Wheat Oat Bread

After three weeks of almost constant travel, Aunt D is back in the kitchen and so happy to be there.  My friend Brianne requested my apple pastry recipe and I will definitely be sharing that really soon.  It just isn't on the menu this weekend.  Hang in there, Brie, it's definitely worth the wait.

The bread I'm making today is a bit of an experiment.  Have you ever found a recipe that looks really yummy only to discover that you are missing a vital ingredient?  Well, that's what happened with today's bread.  Being the creative type that I am, I found a second recipe that was really close and used it to fill in the gaps.

I am pleased to report that the experiment was a success.  Here is the recipe:

1 cup water
1 egg
2 tbs butter
2 tbs sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 cup oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp yeast

Add water, egg and butter to your bread machine in that order.*  I use stick butter and cut it into tiny pieces before adding it to the water.  In a separate bowl, combine the bread flour, oats and whole wheat flour and mix well.  Add the oat/flour mixture to the bread machine forming a dry layer on top of the wet ingredients.  Add the sugar and salt in opposite corners of the bread machine.  With your finger, make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients making sure that you don't reach the wet ingredients.  Pour the yeast into the hole.  Set your bread machine to the dough cycle.

When the dough is ready, remove it from the machine and put it into a bread pan.  You may need to lightly grease the pan.  Flatten the dough with your hands and push it into the corners to fill up the bottom of the bread pan.  Sprinkle wheat flour and oats over the top and cover with a damp cloth.  Place the covered bread in a warm dry place to rise for 45 minutes to an hour. 

Before baking, gently slice the top of the loaf with a serrated-edge knife.  Bake at 350 for 25 - 30 minutes.   After baking, remove the bread from the pan and let it cool completely on a baking rack. 

*If your bread machine calls for dry ingredients to go in first, then follow those instructions instead of mine.

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