Saturday, January 31, 2015

Honey Oat Wheat Bread

100% Whole Wheat by JL_7978, on Flickr
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Is there anything better than the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven?

I remember visiting my Auntie Laura as a little girl.  She would greet us with floured hands, her apron tied about her dress and her hair pinned back.  I would sit on the stool next to her at the kitchen counter and watch her knead the bread and pat it into loaves as she would hum hymns in between conversation.  At lunch time we were welcomed to the table with thick, warm slices of honey-oat bread accompanied with butter and jam, it was glorious.

Here is that recipe from oh so many years ago.  Enjoy!

Auntie Laura's Bread (yields five to six loaves)

6 cups warm water

6 Tbsp yeast

6 tsp salt

1 cup honey

1 and 1/4 cup oil

16 cups flour 

2 cups oatmeal

Mix yeast and water.

Add honey, oil and oatmeal.

Mix in salt

Mix in flour with your hands until all combined.

Cover bowl with towel and let rise for one hour.

Knead dough.

Cut and shape dough into six loaves.

*At this point you can freeze the dough if you desire.  Just wrap each loaf with greased plastic wrap and place in freezer bags.  When ready to bake, thaw in greased loaf pan and let rise.  Then bake as directed below.*

Put into greased pans and let rise for 40 minutes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until golden brown and sounds hollow when knocked on.

Remove from pans, butter tops lightly and let cool. Mmmmm. Freezes beautifully!

Do you have a favorite bread recipe?  Please feel free to share it below in the comment section.

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