I am getting quite adept at baking bread. In the last 12 months, I have made bread multiple times. There have been a few loaves that didn't turn out as well as I would have liked, but overall, I am pleased with my results.
I have gotten into bread baking because of my family. My brother has made his families bread for several years. He makes a couple of loaves every week. My dad and brother in-law are now baking bread too.
I have made bread with my brother and my dad. They have the same recipe that they make little tweaks to in order to prefect their bread. I have remade bread recipes, but I like variety too.
I found this whole wheat oatmeal honey bread recipe on the King Arthur Flour website. I only make one loaf. The original recipe makes to loaves. I also added powdered milk.
The ingredients for only one loaf are 1 cup boiling water, 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tablespoon honey, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 tablespoon dry active yeast, 1/4 cup powdered milk, 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon, 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, and 2 cup all purpose flour.
As you can imagine from these ingredients, the loaf was a little sweet with a touch of cinnamon.
I added the brown sugar, honey, boiling water, oats, butter, and salt into a bowl. I let these ingredients sit together until the mixture was lukewarm.
I then added the yeast and let it activate in the warm mixture for about five minutes.
I mixed in a the cinnamon and the powdered milk.
I mixed in the whole wheat flour and then gradually added the white flour. I stopped adding flour when the dough started to come off the sides of the bowl. I kneaded the dough with the dough hook for about seven minutes.
I let the dough rise in a greased bowl for about an hour. It doubled in size. I then punched it down, formed it into a loaf, and let it rise again in a greased loaf pan. It doubled in size again. This took about an hour.
I then baked the bread for 35 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees. I let it cool a little in the pan before letting it cool on a wire rack
I made peanut butter and banana sandwiches and jam and cheese sandwiches. I used chocolate peanut butter for the sandwich in these pictures. It was a yummy combination.
This loaf was a little sweeter than other recipes I have made. It wasn't sweet like a dessert, but it had a touch of sweetness. It also had a hint of cinnamon. The cinnamon and sugar were scrumptious additions to this wheat bread.
The bread was tender and soft. It had a excellent texture in my house.
It was homey, nutricious, and delicious. I would make this recipe again. It was a winner.