Monday, June 8, 2015

Whole Wheat Honey Oatmeal Bread

Ahh, Monday.  Why do you have to come back so fast? It's funny because I never thought I'd get to the point where I was excited about weekends. For the last few months my weekends have been filled with getting used to this new lifestyle, shopping, cleaning, organizing and whatever else I had to do. Now that things are falling into place and getting back into a routine, the last two weekends have been low key which has been nice.  I've been working on stocking my freezer - Over the last year, I've been slacking in the cooking department. I've just had a ton on my mind. The thinking has toned down a bit and I'm in a better place personally and I am slowly getting back into doing the things I love. One of those things is cooking.

To say I love cooking is an understatement. I LOOOOOVVVEEE to cook. I could spend all day in the kitchen. Not only do I love to cook, but I love food in general. I read cookbooks and cooking magazines religiously, I'm always on Pinterest searching for new recipes and I love taking and looking at pictures of food. Yes, I am one of *those* people on Facebook that has a million and 1 pictures of food. Sorry I'm not sorry. :)

Now that we are on the subject of food, What's a better way to start the week off than with come carbs to slow us do even more. Who cares,  Bread is such a comfort food that it can make any day better - Especially a Monday.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am the queen of bread…I don't know what it is about bread, but whenever I made it I get tingles up my spine. I get the same feeling when I am driving or sitting in traffic, writing, or walking into a city or learning about something I find interesting.  When the tingles happen I know it is true passion…I have some weird passions, I know….

Moving on…So back to bread. Bread baking is one of my passions and this bread is one of my favs. Here is the recipe so you can make it yourself.

Whole Wheat Honey Oatmeal Bread

2 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup thick oats
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp molasses
1 tsp honey
4 TBS butter
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 TBS yeat
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3-4 cups white flour

In a mixing bowl combine water, oats, sugar, molasses, honey, butter, salt, and cinnamon. Let cool until room temp.

Add wheat flour and 1 cup of white flour and yeast. Stir until you get a shaggy dough. Add more flour 1/2 cup at a time to create a soft dough. Knead until the dough is smooth. Transfer to a lightly floured or oiled bowl; cover with a damp cloth and let ride for 1 hour or until doubled.

Divide the dough in half; shape into a loaf and transfer to two bread pans. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for about another hour.

Halfway through the second rise, preheat oven to 350°F. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until they are golden brown. Let cook to room temp before slicing.

To ensure the bread is cooked carefully take the bread out of the pan, flip it over and knock on the bottom. If it sounds hollow, its fully cooked.

Enjoy your bread!

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