The first time I tried making bread it was wonderful. I had two delicious loaves of bread, to show for the effort. It just was not very practical to do, to feed our growing family. It was time-consuming and messy.
Then this last Christmas Rusty bought me a bread machine. In the time since I have made cinnamon bread, garlic bread, pumpkin bread, banana bread, honey oat bread, and many more. I really enjoy making all this bread as wonderful treats for friends and family or as our daily staple loaf.
Today, I want to share my honey oat bread. It was modified from Oster’s manual, for my bread machine, and their recipe for Honey Wheat Bread.
This will make a 1.5 lb loaf of bread.
I recommend using the wheat setting on your bread machine, if you have such a setting.
You will need:
1 1/4 cup water (and an additional 1/4 set to the side)
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1 cup old-fashioned oats
3 tablespoons wheat bran cereal
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
Measure and add the liquid ingredients and the butter to the pan.
Measure and add the dry ingredients, excluding the yeast for the moment.
Use your finger to form a small well in your dry ingredients. You will want to be careful that your yeast does not come into contact with any of the liquid ingredients, until after you start your machine.
Carefully snap your pan into the bread machine. (That is if it was not already there.)
Select your wheat setting, then choose loaf size (1.5 lb,) and choose color of crust.
Once your settings are where you want them press start.
As your machine is kneading the bread keep an eye on it. Be sure to push any dough that is starting to creep over the edge back down.
After the first rest period, if the dough ball looks rather dry sprinkle a little water over it. Stop. Let the water mix in. Repeat until the ball is smooth.
If the dough ball appears sticky, sprinkle just a little flour over the top and that should solve that.
Either way, what you want is a nice smooth dough ball. (Sometimes though I have settled for close enough.)
When the timer is done use a wooden or rubber spatula and a hot mitt to help you remove your loaf from the pan. Let sit on wire rack to cool. If you can’t wait grab a cutting board and bread knife. Enjoy!