Bread is one grocery item that I rarely buy, I used to be obsessed with bread, I would eat it at every meal. I didn’t realize how much I had stopped using bread until my boyfriend handed me my hamburger with no bun. It has been really difficult for me to find bread in store without fifty million ingredients, and I though it was too difficult to make without a bread-maker so I just pretty much stopped eating it.
For instance, I used to buy Arnold Oat Nut Bread. I will admit it was pretty darn delicious, but then one day I looked at the ingredients, and this is what I saw…
Wheat Flour Unbleached Enriched (Flour, Barley Malted Flour, Iron Reduced, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1) [Vitamin B1] , Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) [Vitamin B2] , Folic Acid (Vitamin aB)) , Water, Oat(s), Sugar, Yeast, Hazelnut(s), Wheat Gluten, Corn Syrup High Fructose,Soybean(s) Oil, Salt, Whey, Molasses, Soy Flour, Calcium Propionate Preservative, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Mono and Diglycerides, Milk Non-Fat, Soy Lecithin, Walnut(s), Sesame Seed(s), Calcium Carbonate
…Meh. First of all that is quite the long list. While most of it doesn’t look too bad, I don’t like the high fructose corn syrup in there. It seems kind of strange that calcium carbonate is in there…Enriched flour is NOT the same as whole wheat flour, but that is a topic for another day. This is only one example, and this is supposed to be the “healthy” bread. Don’t even get me started on all the other hundreds of options.
Soo… when I know I’m going to want some bread I will dig out this recipe!
This is a yummy loaf with no white sugar, or strange additives, just oaty, honey goodness. It is pretty easy to make, compared to other bread recipes out there. However, it does take quite a few hours, just to rise. Did I mention it’s delicious?…that’s the most important part!
1 Cup Oatmeal
1 Cup Boiling water
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup warm water
1 teaspoon yeast
2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cups bread flour
Combine the oatmeal, boiling water, butter, and salt. Let this mixture sit for a little while so it cools down and doesn’t cook the egg. While you wait, add the yeast to the warm water, not boiling water…you don’t want to kill the little guys. Then add the honey, egg, and yeast mixture to the oatmeal mix. Stir to combine. Gradually add the flour. Knead the dough for a couple minutes until it is pretty bouncy and tacky. (I have no idea how else to describe this, 5-8 minutes I’d say). Roll the dough ball in a bit of olive oil and place back in bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and towel and let rise in a warm area for 2-3 hours.
After the dough has risen, punch in down. (Seems counterproductive to me, but that’s what my baking instructor/boyfriends mom told me to do) Press out a rectangle and rolllll it up. Fold in the ends and pinch the seams. Place seam side down in a greased bread pan. Let rise for another hour.
Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Keep this baby in the fridge after you eat the first couple pieces because it will dry up pretty quickly.
**You can also bake this bread in a lump (like in the picture) on a pizza stone, just make sure to check that it cooks all they way through.