As promised, a yummy bread recipe.
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I came up with this bread recipe based on three different bread recipes on the the backs of my Bob’s Red Mill flour bags. They were for a Swiss two grain bread, a whole wheat bread and an oat flour bread. Each of these recipes either had something in them I didn’t like or didn’t have on hand or they were too much work. So I kind of took ideas from each of them and made my own.
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
-1/2 cup steel-cut oats
-1/2 cup oat flour
-2 tbsp honey
-2 tbsp butter, melted
-1 packet active dry yeast
-1 tsp sugar
-1 1/4 cup warm water
-water for cooking oats
-2 tsp xanthan gum (most whole wheat bread recipes use additional gluten to give the bread that stretchy dough quality and help hold the air bubbles from the yeast in so it isn’t dense, but I didn’t have any gluten on hand and did have this that serves the same purpose for making Bean’s gluten-free baked goods)
-4 tsp brown sugar
Heat oven to 200°F and then turn off.
Place oats (not oat flour) in a small saucepan. Fill with water until just covered. Bring to boil and simmer for a couple minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to sit.
Meanwhile, mix yeast and 1 tsp sugar. Add 1/4 cup warm water to proof yeast. If yeast does not become active and bubbly, start over with new yeast and sugar. Proof yeast for 10-20 minutes.
Sift together dry ingredients.
In a small prep bowl whisk together butter and honey. Add this to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Drain oats and add to flour mixture. Next add yeast mixture and remaining warm water (1 cup), incorporate thoroughly.
Remove from mixing bowl and kneed into a single ball of dough on a floured surface. Place in greased loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap. Place in oven to rise 1 1/2 hours. Remove plastic wrap and bake at 350°F for 40 minutes.
It is really yummy with butter and honey spread on a slice.
*Edited to add: The first time I made this bread I split it into two loaf pans thinking that it would be too much dough for one, but the bread wasn’t big enough for a sandwich slice. The next time I made it I just did it in one and it came out perfect. Evidence:
I am planning to try and create a gluten-free version of this bread too, but I haven’t done so yet. I’ll be sure to post it here if it turns out.
Oh and speaking of good food, just wanted to give a little shout out to some of my fellow foodies out there. Cousin Morgan recently did a post about good food, Cara just started a new blog and is on a homemade food challenge this month, and Kourtni also started a new blog about her journey into eating good food.
I finally watched Food Inc. with my sister and then the next night I watched it again with Stephen. There really wasn’t anything new in there that I didn’t already know from reading Fast Food Nation a few years ago (way back in 2003 right after I got married), but just like with the movie Super Size Me that came out sometime after that book (2004), it was a good reminder for me to get back on track with eating real food. Plus, it was obviously way more visually impactful than the book could be. I am so glad I got Stephen to watch it though because even though he said he was going to eventually read Fast Food Nation, he still hadn’t and now I feel after watching it with him that he is much more on board with my food craziness and I don’t think I’ll have a problem convincing him that we should buy the more expensive organic milk/veggies/meat/etc. He is even willing to consider letting us get a CSA box again! Yay!