After the chocolate storm yesterday, I baked a simple bread today. My second son loves homemade bread and keeps pestering me to make it for him. The last couple of days were cloudy and so I decided against bread but today I went ahead and used my oven to get the yeast working. Worked beautifully and the bread came out just lovely! :) Took the recipe from bakingdom.com and it is a bakers delight that blog! :)
You get a lovely soft loaf that is so tasty! :)
You will need -
3 cups – flour
3/4 cup – oats (instant or rolled)
2 1/4 tsp – yeast
1 1/2 tsp – salt
1 cup – milk
1/4 cup – lukewarm water
2 tbsp – butter
1/4 tsp – honey
To brush on
1 1/2-2 tbsp – honey, warmed
1 1/2 – 2 tbsp – oats
Let the yeast rise with the water and keep aside.
Heat the milk (not boiling) and put the butter into it so that it melts. Add honey to this and mix well. Keep aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, oats, and salt till mixed well. Add the milk mixture to this and the yeast. Mix well into a dough and then knead till incorporated together into a smooth dough.
Place in a greased bowl and cover to rise for an hour to an hour and a half.
Punch down the dough and knead for about two minutes. Roll the dough into a rectangle and roll from one end to the other into a log. Pinch the ends and sides and place into a greased loaf tin. Cover and let rise for another hour.
When ready to put into the oven, crank up the oven to 350 F (180 C). Brush the risen bread with warm honey and sprinkle oats over it. Bake for 40-50 minutes. I went for 45 minutes as I have a dark loaf tin.
One tip for getting soft breads is to have a tray at the bottom of the oven rack with some hot water. It keeps the oven humid and the bread will not come out dry.
Lovely touch of brown to the crust and soft inside :) Just yummy!
See what I mean?!?! :) Have a go and do let me know how it came out for you!
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