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Honey Wheat Oatmeal Bread

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the water, oats, brown sugar, honey, butter, salt, and cinnamon. Let cool to lukewarm, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Add the yeast and flours, stirring to form a rough dough. Knead about 10 minutes by hand, 5 to 7 minutes by machine, until the dough is smooth and satiny.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover the bowl with lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour. Since the dough is warm to begin with (from the boiling water), it should become quite puffy.
  4. Divide the dough in half, and shape each half into a loaf. Place the loaves in two greased 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ bread pans.
  5. Cover the pans with lightly greased plastic wrap and allow the loaves to rise until they’ve crowned about 1″ over the rim of the pan, about 60 to 90 minutes. This will depend on the temperature of your room.
  6. Bake the loaves in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 30 to 40 minutes, tenting them lightly with foil after 25 minutes, to prevent over browning. Remove them from the oven when they are golden brown in color.
  7. Take loaves out of pan and let rest of rack to cool.
  8. If using bread machine:
  9. I use the dough cycle only: (kneading only, then rise in a greased covered bowl until double in size. Punch down the dough and shape into 2 loaf pans. Let rise again then bake in oven.
  10. adapted from: Joy the Baker

Notes

Note: This recipe makes 2 – 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaves, so If using your bread machine only use the knead- Dough cycle, then bake in the oven. Your bread machine must be a LARGE 2-lb. bread machine.