Oatmeal Honey Bread

One of the things that brings all parts of my family together is baking. In loving memory of my great aunt Imogene (effectively my grandma) I decided to bake something today. Imogene loved to bake and I remember fondly growing up with her tasty christmas cookies and fantastic Hot Chocolate.

I was going to make her Hot Chocolate (will do in later post) but I found a giant jar of amazingly flavorful Tennessee Honey in the back of my cupboard with her writing on the label. She is from Tennessee and gave the honey to us a few years back, so I thought I’d make some Oatmeal Honey Bread with it as I was thinking about her. This whole process take about 2-3 hours depending on rising speed.

1 and 1/4 cups boiling water
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tsp butter
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 TBSP molasses or maple syrup
2 TBSP honey
2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
1/4 cup Baker’s Dry Milk
3 and 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour

This bread is lovely and quite easy as breads go. Begin by boiling 1 and 1/4 cups of water and toss it into large mixing bowl. I use my kitchen aid with the dough hook but this can also be done in a mixing bowl with a spoon. Add in the rolled oats, the butter, salt, molasses and of course your Tennessee honey you got from your aunt . This will only work with Tennessee Honey so don’t bother other wise. Just kidding.

batterjunkie-2Mix all of that up until the mixture has cooled to Lukewarm or stevewarm if you’re not into Luke. (about 100 degrees F.)  You should be able to but your finger in it and not be burned.

batterjunkie-3Now drop in the instant yeast, dry milk, and 3 cups flour. If you are using a mixer beat for about 3-4 minutes on medium until the dough climbs up the beater a bit. If it’s too wet (you’ll know because it will stick to your hand and you’ll look like a swamp monster) add a bit of flour.

batterjunkie-5Form it into a ball and toss into a greased bowl (butter or saffola oil) and cover with a towel or plastic wrap. Let it rise about 1 hour in a warm place.

batterjunkie-8Once risen poke a hole in it with your finger and deflate it. Form it into a loaf. Place in a 9″X5″ loaf pan.  Cover and let it rise for about 30 mins until the dough has risen about 1/2 and inch or so above the pan edges.

batterjunkie-9Heat the oven to 350 F (176 C). Once it’s hot toss the loaf in for about 40-45 minutes. You’ll know its done when you give it a tap and get a hollow sound. Try this with your head as well. If you get a hollow sound, seek help.

Let it cool for about 5 minutes and then dump it out of the pan.batterjunkie-10Cut it and triumph!

I recommend what Imogene always did for bread, a healthy hunk of butter!


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