Alicia's Oatmeal Bread

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I've been playing with recipes ever since you so nicely shared yours with me a couple of weeks ago. I made four or five of the recipes, and then came up with one that combines a little something from each of them and the rising/baking method I learned (and modified a bit) from the awesome awesome awesome awesome River Cottage Family Cookbook and use for my own loaves. I have been making a loaf of this every couple of days for our sandwiches and toast. In fact [munch munch] I'm eating a piece of toast with a weensy bit of spun honey right now as we speak and . . . hold on [puts toast down] . . . mmm [brushes off hands] . . . yum. Good. I love it. Okay. Here's mine.

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Alicia's Version of Oatmeal Bread

1 1/4 c. warm water (110 degrees F)
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 packet  or 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 1/2 c. all-purpose or bread flour
1 c. whole-wheat  flour
3/4 c. rolled oats
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons soft butter or olive oil

In a large (2 cup) measuring cup, add brown sugar to warm water. Stir to dissolve. Add yeast and stir, then set the timer for 5 minutes so the yeast can proof. While that's happening, stir the all-purpose flour, wheat flour, oats, salt, and butter or oil together in a large bowl (or the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer with the bread hook attached). When the yeast has proofed, add the yeasty-sugary water to the flour mixture a bit at a time and work it all together until you have a shaggy lump of dough. Knead, either by hand on a floured board or by KitchenAid, for 10 minutes.

Shape the dough into a ball, put it back in the bowl, cover it with a damp dishtowel, and leave it to rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours. It should double in size. Punch it down, then knead it a few times on a floured board, then shape it into a long sausage shape and stick it in a 9" x 5" well-oiled loaf pan. Cover it with the dishtowel again and let it rise for 1/2 hour. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place the pan in the oven and set the timer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn the oven down to 400 degrees F. Set the timer for another 15 minutes (if it's getting too dark put a piece of tinfoil loosely over it). Take the bread out and turn it out of its pan and tap it on its bottom. If it sounds hollow, it's done! Let it cool on a wire rack and then make a turkey sandwich with it and watch Judge Judy. That's what I do, anyway. I'm totally into all things courtroom now.

63 comments

I made your oatmeal bread recipe yesterday. It took about 3 hours to rise and i was getting very discouraged. but it turned out great!

Lauren (in PA) says: February 22, 2010 at 12:44 PM

It really only bakes for 25 minutes?

I find making bread kind of addictive. Once you realize you CAN actually make it and it's not so hard, it seems so often like a good idea. And it's the perfect thing to bring to someone who is sick or just had a baby or is having a rough time. Nothing says love like warm, homemade bread.

I watch all the judge shows. So addictive.

Love the bread, and all the posts on your lovely blog.

Mmmm!!! Homemade bread! That looks so delicious. Alicia, you bring such a smile to my face every time I read your blog. I actually laugh out loud many times, or shed a tear when you express heartfelt words. What a blessing you are to your readers! Thank you for sharing a little bit of yourself with us...:)

Hi Sweetie, I've got a loaf of your shared bread recipe rising right now. I used King Arthur's white-ish whole wheat flour. It's beautiful! I made some doggie biscuits with it for our doggie this weekend and they turned out yummy (yes, I had one or two ;).
Come on bread, rise...I'm hungry!

I made this bread today - it was simply wonderful! I a have been trying to find the "perfect" bread recipe for my family for some time now, and I think I found it. Your recipe is simple, and quick (as far as bread goes) and yields a great flavored bread with a nice crust and perfect texture. Thanks for the recipe.

I made your bread on Sunday with my mama and it was heavenly!!! I blogged about it this morning, giving you full credit & links, of course. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!! :)

Yum!!!! Can't wait to try it.

This recipe is a gem! Thanks so much, I made a loaf on Sunday and it's already gone! Will certainly make this again and again!

I made your bread last night and it was SOOOO GOOD!!!! We are already halfway through the loaf! I was thinking about how much I wanted another piece the whole time I was at work today... mmmmm. Thanks for the recipe!

Hi Alicia, I just now got around to trying your recipe, and it was so easy! I love that it only makes one loaf (I used to use another recipe that made 3 loaves and the dough would climb out of the kitchenaid like something from a B-movie) -- perfect for our little family of 3. Only thing that went wrong was that when I tried to tip it out, the whole top of the loaf came off, and the bottom stuck! Maybe more grease next time! Thanks for sharing!!

Do you knead the bread dough in the Kitchen aid for 10 minutes. Or is that just if your kneading it by hand?

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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