Oatmeal Bread

Farmgirlfare.com has several excellent bread recipes and one I’ve wanted to try for a while is her Oatmeal Toasting Bread.

After reading the ingredients, though, I realized that I would need to make modifications to take advantage of the items I had on hand (and avoid another trip to the grocery store!). This is what I came up with:

Step 1

  • 4.5 cups warmed buttermilk
  • 3 cups instant oatmeal (first version with 1 cup old fashioned with 2 cups instand)
  • 1/4 cup Smart Balance margarine
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar

Combine all in Kitchen Aid (KA) bowl and let sit for 30 minutes.

Step 2

  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 TBSP instant yeast

Mix bread flour and yeast together in a bowl. Stir into oatmeal mixture.

Step 3

  • 5 cups bread flour

Attach bread hook to KA and turn on low. Add in 5 cups of bread flour, one cup at a time*. May need to stop at 3 cups and turn out onto counter and work rest of flour into dough.

Cover with tea towel and let sit for 20 minutes.

Step 4

  • 1 TBSP salt

Knead in salt for 5 minutes. Let rest for 1.5 hours or until an indentation with finger does not spring back (first rise).

Step 5
Divide dough into three loaves. Shape into logs. Dampen tops with water and roll in oats if desired. Place logs into bread pans. Cover and let rise for 1 hour (Proof, second rise).

Step 6
Bake at 375 degrees F for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove immediately from pans and place on wire rack. Wait 40 minutes to cut.

* More or less. You may need more to keep if from being sticky. Do the “touch test” to determine if you’ve added enough bread flour: if sticky, add more flour; if tacky, do not add more.

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