Overnight Oatmeal Bread
I love oatmeal bread. Honestly, I just love oatmeal. Cookies, bread, in a bowl with a little brown sugar and butter…Yep I have a food-mance with oatmeal.
I love fresh bread, I also love easy recipes. This recipe will fulfill both of those things fresh and easy. Nothing smells better than fresh bread baking in the oven. This recipe is easy enough for even the non-baker to try.
1/2 cup uncooked quick oats
1 cup of boiling water
1 package (1/4 ounce) of active dry yeast
1/3 cup of warm water
1/4 cup of honey or molasses or you could probably use Agave (I don’t use it so I’m not sure how much you’d use)
1 TBSP butter
1 1/4 tsp of salt
3 cups of all-purpose flour, divided
Combine oats and boiling water in a bowl; let it stand until it is warm (no longer hot)
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Keep they yeast mixture in a warm place until the oat mixture cools.
Once the oat mixture is cooled, stir yeast mixture into the oat mixture. Add honey or molasses, butter and salt; blend thoroughly. Stir in 2 cups of flour, blend well. Knead in the remaining cup of flour, blend well. Add more flour, if necessary, to make the dough fairly stiff. Let the dough rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Grease a loaf pan and set it aside. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board. Knead for 8 to 10 minutes, or until smooth. Shape the dough into a loaf. Place into the greased loaf pan. Lightly oil the top of the loaf. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, you can refrigerate it up to 24 hours. Remove from the fridge at least 10 minutes or up to 1 hour before baking. Pre-heat oven to 350 deg. Bake for 50 min, or until the loaf sounds hollow when lightly tapped. Transfer the bread from the pan to a wire rack to cool.
So you probably noticed a difference in the baking pan between pictures. Yep, I had a “failure to rise” and had to start over, but I was in a hurry and forgot to take pictures of the 2nd bread making process so the pictures from the first will have to do. The problem? Old yeast, it must have been past it’s prime, so no rise in the bread. I went to the store at 8:30 pm last night and bought new yeast. Big difference. 🙂 The only other change between bread 1 and bread 2; I used molasses in the first batch, I used honey in the second batch.