Super-soft oatmeal bread

I recently decided to try another recipe out of my favorite bread cookbook, the More with Less Cookbook filled with Mennonite family favorites.  It’s been a hit with my family, and even though it’s not 100% whole grain, I have found it’s pretty resilient to extra wheat germ.  I like to gather all the ingredients first and then start mixing.

With kiddos in the kitchen plus mommy-brain, I’ve been at high risk for forgetting ingredients if I don’t collect everything first!

Step 1: collect all ingredients

1 cup oatmeal

3 cups whole wheat flour (I like the whole-grain white wheat)

1/2 cup evaporated cane juice or brown sugar

1 Tbsp salt

2 Tbsps butter

Combine first 5 ingredients in Kitchenaid

mixing things up

Slowly pour in 2 cups boiling water and mix on low to combine

While batter is cooling off, dissolve:

1 pkg (2 1/4 tsps) dry yeast

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 cup warm water (about 100-115 degrees, like a comfortable hot tub)

wait 5 minutes, or until yeast is bubbly and batter is warm but not hot to touch

Attach kneading hook.

Slowly stir in 3-4 cups white flour, one cup at a time, until dough sticks to the kneading hook and twirls around bowl instead of sticking to the bottom in one giant mass.

ready to knead

Knead on low for 5 minutes.

Spray with cooking spray, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled.

Divide into two large balls.  Roll out into a rectangle, then into a log  like you are making cinnamon rolls.  Squish down into another rectangle, and roll again, this time tucking the ends of the log up.  Flip over and into a greased bread pan.  You can do the same with the other half, or make dinner rolls or a pizza crust out of it.

1. rolling it up
2. turn log and "squish" it down into another rectangle
3. tuck ends up and turn over so the smooth side is on top when placing in greased breadpan

Let rise again about 15-20 minutes

Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for 30-40 minutes, then cool on a rack or clean cloth.

I did one loaf and some rolls for salmon burger sliders later this week
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