I've never been one to pass over a warm, thick slice of deliciously hearty bread. The best ones, in my opinion, are the types of bread with just a little bit of honey used to heighten the flavor profile. Shocker, I know. Thus you can imagine my excitement when I came across this recipe from Let's Dish.
This bread is very versatile and can be used for any manner of meal. Whether it's toast for breakfast, sandwiches at lunch, or even served on the side of the dinner plate, this bread recipe is a perfect addition to any part of your day.
- 2 cups water, divided
- 1 cup rolled oats (not the instant ones), and just a touch for garnish
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
- 1 egg
- 4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
- Melted butter, optional
In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup water to boiling. Stir in the oats, butter, honey and salt. Let stand until mixture cools to 110°-115°F, stirring occasionally. Heat remaining water in microwave to 110°-115°F. Tip: use a meat thermometer to determine the temperature of the water.
In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the remaining warm water. Add the egg, oat/honey mixture and 2 cups flour. Mix until smooth. Gradually stir in remaining 2-3 cups flour until a stiff dough forms.
Spread batter evenly into two greased 9x5 inch loaf pans. Smooth tops of loaves and sprinkle just a touch of rolled oats on the top for a beautiful look later. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 35-40 minutes. In the meantime, preheat oven to 375°F. Once bread has risen, place pans in oven and bake for 40-45 minutes; brush with melted butter, if desired. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Yield: 2 loaves
Total Time: including rise time, 1 hr 45 minutes