|Homemade Honey-Oat Bread|
|Failure, I call it "pac-man bread"|
But, I've finally landed on a good and healthy recipe. I decided to share:
|This is what the pros use!|
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 3 cups white bread flour
- 2 tsp coarse salt
- 4 teaspoons instant yeast
- 4 teaspoons vital wheat gluten (optional)
- 4 tbsp oat bran/oats/wheat bran/wheat germ
- 1&1/3 cup lukewarm water
- 1 cup of low-fat plain yogurt
- 2 tbsp vegetable/safflower oil
- 2 tbsp honey (local honey is the best)!
- Egg for brushing
- Oats for coating
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- Mix together the flours, salt, yeast, wheat gluten (if using), and bran in the bowel of an electric mixer
- Make a well in the center and add the water, yogurt, oil and honey
- Using a dough hook (or feel free to mix by hand) mix together on medium speed till dough starts to leave the sides of the bowel
- Switch mixer to a little higher speed and mix on this speed for about 8 minutes (this mimics the kneading process, again you can do this by hand)
- The dough should come together to form a nice clump that can be shaped easily. Slacker (wetter) doughs will rise more but are harder to work with. If you feel your dough is too wet, then add a tablespoon of flour at a time till it comes to the consistency you want. If you feel your dough is too dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time.
- Brush another bowel with oil. Remove dough from mixer and shape into a ball. Place ball in oiled bowel and cover with a damp dishcloth.
- Allow dough to rise for 1-2 hours.
- After rising, turn the dough out onto a slightly floured surface and knead for1-2 minutes by hand
- Rest the dough for 5 minutes
- Shape the dough as desired (a boule or log is the easiest)
- Once shaped, place the dough on a sheet of parchment paper, cover with a damp towel and allow to rest 1 more hour
- Towards the end of resting period, pre-heat oven to 425 F with a baking stone placed in the oven (if you have one)
- If desired, make an egg-wash by beating an egg and mixing it with a little water. Then use this to brush onto your bread. That will give it a nice shiny appearance. You can also use plain water if desired. Then sprinkled some loose oats over the top of the bread.
- Use the parchment paper as a "sling" to transfer the dough to the oven and onto the baking stone (no need to remove the parchment paper). If you don't have a baking stone a cookies sheet will do.
- Throw a couple of ice cubes in the bottom of the oven (to create steam) and allow bread to bake for about 35-45 minutes
- Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.