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Honey Wheat Oatmeal Bread

As promised, a yummy bread recipe.

This post brought to you by Time Warner Cable which returned the Internet back to our household yesterday.

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.

Ingredients
-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

Directions
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!

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Just some randomness…

Kids are napping in the back of the van and I’m sitting here in the parking lot of Whole Foods enjoying their free wifi so I thought I’d share what’s been on my mind this week besides Spring Fashion.

-Went to Babies & Books this morning at the TO Library. Parents talking on their cell phones during events like this really piss me off. It’s like you are there doing this activity with your kids(s), so be there, be present. Don’t sit in the corner talking and expect everyone else to watch and play with your kids. Ugh! Two parents did this and it happens pretty regularly. I always put my phone on silent during B&B, I think it is only polite.

-We tried potty training yesterday. Basically so I could just get it out of my system and give myself the satisfaction of knowing that we did try and that I didn’t hold her back because I was too lazy/preoccupied to deal with it.

We got the thick training undies, potty seat that fits on our toilet, lots of drinks, gluten-free gummi bears for treats, step stool, the whole nine yards. For the first couple hours I was tricked into thinking this would be so easy that I basically wouldn’t even have to “try”. Just after I put on the undies she said “potty potty” and pulled them down. Put her on and she did a little #1. A little while later the process repeated with a successful #2. Then she peed three times all over the floor right after that without saying anything and I was done. This morning she asked to go again and did a successful #2 on the potty after I took her diaper off. But I’m not doing undies again. If she wants to tell me she has to go and asks to go I’ll let her go, but I’m not going to camp out by the bathroom and try to watch her like a hawk or clean up accidents. It’s just not what I’m up for.

-Just read my pediatrician’s book. I started it Wednesday afternoon and finished it last night right before bed. I just really think it is the best. It basically articulates and explores everything I think about why I am doing what I am doing and then backs it up with scientific, medical, anthropological and psychological research.

-Um hello dream house. It really exists and not too far from where I live.

-Made the best bread ever yesterday.

Bean just woke up though so I’ll have to share the recipe at a later date. So good though.

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Wheat, buckwheat, oatmeal bread

Does that make it a multigrain bread?

Anyway, I wanted to make a wheat version of Bean’s special gluten-free bread that I’ve been making. So this is what I came up with.

Ingredients:
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-1 cup oat flour
-3/4 cup buckwheat flour
-1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
-1/4 cup flax seed meal
-3 tbsp brown sugar
-1 1/2 tsp salt
-3 eggs
-1 tsp apple cider vinegar
-1 tbsp molasses
-1/4 cup olive oil
-1 packet active dry yeast plus 1 tsp granulated sugar for proofing yeast
-1 1/4 cup warm water
-rolled oats for garnish (optional)

Directions:
Heat oven to 200 and then turn off.

Grease a loaf pan.

Sift together your dry ingredients.

In a medium bowl whisk eggs, molasses, vinegar, and oil together.

In a small bowl mix yeast and sugar together. Then add 1/4 cup warm water and mix with a fork. Let sit for 20 minutes. It should be foamy and active. If not, start over with a new package of yeast.

With your mixer on stir, slowly add egg mixture and then yeast mixture to the bowl. Then slowly add your water to achieve the right consistency in your batter. The dough should be like very stiff cake batter. If you accidentally add too much water just add a little more flour.

Put the dough in your prepared pan. If desired, sprinkle rolled oats over the top and lightly press into the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and place in oven to rise for about 1-1 1/2 hours.

Once the dough has risen to the top of the pan remove plastic wrap and bake the bread for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.

Remove from oven, cut, slather with butter and enjoy.

It’s pretty good, but it actually came out a bit more dense than the gluten-free bread and I kind of think I even like the gluten-free version better. Maybe I’m just weird. It is good though, so don’t let these statements discourage you.

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Bean’s First Sandwich

Because of her food allergies, Bean has yet to experience a sandwich. I had made one batch of gluten-free bread from a mix before this, but it was much to dense, dry and crumbly to be any good for sandwiches.

Then I tried out a recipe from scratch and this bread is awesome. We all keep eating it and it is supposed to just be for Bean.

So today she had her first sandwich and being the slightly photo-obsessed mom that I am there is tons of pictoral proof.


Isn’t that the cutest little sandwich you’ve ever seen? Of course it didn’t stay that way for very long.


Yeah, she pretty much had it all taken apart in a matter of seconds.


Yummy nitrate/nitrite-free turkey lunch meat from Trader Joe’s


Mmmm…


Pudgy little hands holding homemade bread. Does it get any better than this?


She loves that bread!


Especially with mustard and vegan mayonaise spread on it!

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What I’ve been up to…

My sweet sister and her baby came to visit…


Photo by the always amazing John Stephens.

So a weekend with a bit of everything ensued: being lazy around the house, Vernal Equinox treat receiving, checking out cool shops on Main Street in old San Buena Ventura (and feeling very old pulling up in front of Urban Outfitters with my minivan and babies), soup eating and cousin fix getting (Bean’s new favorite word is her older cousin’s name and she was saying it and singing it over and over ALLLLL day long on Saturday), church, our favorite farmer’s market, and a photo shoot with John.

Bean loved on her cousin and her brother…

…while my sweet sister watched all the kids so this mama could go to Whole Foods all by herself and get some supplies for making Bean some yummy food that she isn’t allergic to.

I have been wanting to do this stuff for so long, but I haven’t had the time or energy until now.

So in the last couple days I have been gluten/dairy/egg-free bread making (this is our second loaf, it is so good)…

…and vegan gluten-free blueberry muffin making…

…and dairy-free yogurt making (still in progress).

I’ve also joined a book club, done lots of laundry and just plain enjoyed my kids. OK, back to my life now. See you later Internet. 🙂

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