SOFT & SWEET HONEY OAT BREAD

SOFT & SWEET HONEY OAT BREAD: Butter With A Side of Bread

I love baking fresh bread so when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it. It was delicious! I think homemade bread tastes best on the day that you bake it, so I sliced some for my kids’ snack afterschool, then served the rest for dinner.
Soft & Sweet Honey Oat Bread 

 

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (I used half whole wheat flour)
  • 3/4 cups oats (either instant or old fashioned)
  • 1 TBSP instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup  lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1-2 TBSP dough enhancers, if desired

toppings:

  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons honey, warmed
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons oats

 

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the flour, oats, yeast, and salt.

In a small bowl, or a two cup measuring cup, warm the milk so that it’s hot enough to melt the butter, but not boiling. Add the butter, stirring until melted, then stir in the water and honey.

Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture, mixing with a dough hook until it just comes together to form a dough. Knead in the mixer, with the dough hook attachment, for 7-10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic (if you’re making this recipe by hand, the dough will be very sticky at first; flour your hands and work surface generously and be patient). If the dough is still very wet and sticky after 5 minutes of kneading, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough is barely tacky. If the dough is too dry, add water, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) at a time, to soften it up.

Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise until doubled, about 1/2 to 1 hour.

Once doubled, place the dough on a clean, dry work surface. If the dough is too sticky, lightly flour the surface before continuing. With your fingers, flatten the dough into a 9 by 12-inch rectangle. Tightly roll the dough, tucking the ends as needed, into a loaf. Place the shaped dough into a 9×5-inch loaf pan and brush the top with the warmed honey and sprinkle with the oats. Allow loaf to rise in a slightly warm location until doubled, about 1/2 hour. (It’s winter so I find my bread rises best in the oven-  I turn the oven on 350 for a minute or two, then turn it off. Place loaf on the oven rack with the light on. You can see my set-up in the picture below.)

When dough has doubled, preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 C). (I just leave the dough in the oven while preheating.)

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the bread is deep golden brown and the internal temperature is about 190 degrees.

Transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before serving.

SOFT & SWEET HONEY OAT BREAD: Butter With A Side of BreadSOFT & SWEET HONEY OAT BREAD: Butter With A Side of Bread
I took photos of the dough enhancers I use so you can read more about them. I think they really improve the texture of homemade bread. You can purchase both the Dough Enhancer and Vital Wheat Gluten (used if you add whole wheat flour) on Amazon, or in many health food stores.
SOFT & SWEET HONEY OAT BREAD: Butter With A Side of Bread
SOFT & SWEET HONEY OAT BREAD: Butter With A Side of Bread
I like to use milk-alternatives so I used Almond milk in this recipe.
SOFT & SWEET HONEY OAT BREAD: Butter With A Side of Bread
When you first begin mixing/ kneading the dough in a mixer, it’s very sticky. Most of the time if you simply continue kneading, the dough will come together and pick up all the remnants off the sides of the bowl…like the picture below!
SOFT & SWEET HONEY OAT BREAD: Butter With A Side of Bread
I look for dough that cleans the sides of the mixing bowl, but sticks to the bottom of the bowl slightly. If you add more flour so that the dough completely separates from the bowl, your bread may be too dry/ crumbly. Sticky (but manageable) dough is a good thing!
SOFT & SWEET HONEY OAT BREAD: Butter With A Side of Bread
SOFT & SWEET HONEY OAT BREAD: Butter With A Side of BreadSOFT & SWEET HONEY OAT BREAD: Butter With A Side of Bread
Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
SOFT & SWEET HONEY OAT BREAD: Butter With A Side of Bread
Shape into a loaf and put into a (non-stick sprayed) bread pan. My all-time favorite bread pan is the Norpro 10″ bread pan. It makes the perfect sized loaves for toast/ sandwiches and the bread doesn’t stick to the pans!
SOFT & SWEET HONEY OAT BREAD: Butter With A Side of Bread
Microwave raw honey to soften it enough to brush on dough. Sprinkle oats on top of honey.
SOFT & SWEET HONEY OAT BREAD: Butter With A Side of Bread
I warm my oven slightly then let the bread rise in there the 2nd time. It’s nice to not have to move the loaf after it’s risen too!
SOFT & SWEET HONEY OAT BREAD: Butter With A Side of Bread
Once the bread is baked, let cool for about 10 minutes in the pan, then remove and set on a cooling rack.
SOFT & SWEET HONEY OAT BREAD: Butter With A Side of Bread
Slice and top with butter and drizzle of honey. ENJOY!
SOFT & SWEET HONEY OAT BREAD: Butter With A Side of Bread

4 COMMENTS

  1. I made the bread some days ago. Something came up and I couldn&#39;t bake it that day. So, after the bread had risen for the first time, I put it in the fridge until the next morning. It still turned out great and we love it as a breakfast bread. I&#39;ll make it again soon. I&#39;m not a fan of food additives and did not use any.<br />Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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