Now, for all that Jam you have been making TOAST! Or maybe, a big sandwich with those pickles. Either way, bread is a sure fire way to impress because practically everyone likes it and, like jam and pickles, almost nobody knows how to make it.
Usually, bread takes for-freaking-ever to make. You have to prep the yeast, knead it for a million years, let it rise, rise, and rise some more. Sometimes, if you make a starter or a bread sponge, it can take days. Now, don’t get me wrong, those breads taste amazing but whose got that kind of time? This honey oat bread is fast, easy, and isn’t too sweet. You could really eat it with anything, sweet or savory. It only takes about 3 hours total (and most of that time can be spent watching Netflix and drinking wine…hello multi-tasking!) and you only have a couple of dishes to wash that the end.
Here comes the kicker, this bread can be crazy easy if you have stand mixer or a serious arm workout if you only have a counter top and brute strength. Let’s just say before I had my KitchenAid, I had much more toned arms from all the kneading. I have made this recipe both ways. The lazy girl in me loves the ease of the mixer. Heck, you don’t even have to stir the flour yourself. But honestly, for whatever reason, bread does taste better when you knead it by hand….mainly because it damn well better if you put that much elbow grease into it.
Now get kneading (just think, you have arm day all taken care of for a while), or watching the mixer while drinking some wine, and get ready for your house to smell like fresh bread and all the neighbors to come begging for a bite.
Then what? More Netflix, more wine.
Honey Oat Bread
- 3 cups flour
- ¾ cup oats
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tbsp butter
- ¼ cup warm water
- 2 ¼ tsp instant yeast
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- honey & oats for top
- Warm the milk enough so that it will melt the butter; set aside
- Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately
- Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients; stir until a shaggy dough forms; knead for 10 minutes
- Place dough in a clean, oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap; allow to sit in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size
- Remove the dough from the bowl; push the dough into a 8” by 12” rectangle; roll the dough tightly; place, seam side down, in a loaf pan; cover and allow to double; preheat oven to 350* F
- Warm 2 tbsp of honey; brush over the top of the dough; sprinkle with oats
- Bake for 40-50 minutes, until crust is brown and the bread makes a hollow sound if you knock on the bottom; remove from oven, cool on a wire rack