Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Honey Oatmeal Bread (bread maker)

Last night I wanted a healthy breakfast bread to wake up to. I some how got the notion that if I had fresh hot bread waiting for my kids then my mornings would be, shall I say... less hectic... I know a mother's dream right! well, exactly what it seems like it is... a dream. Well, I had one good day and that was the day with peanut butter bread. (sorry all mothers with kids with peanut allergies). My kids LOVE peanut butter. I make sure they wash their hands and dust off really good before they go to school, if that helps. That aside. This morning I tried a different bread recipe for "hopefully" another pretty smooth morning. Unfortunately for me... they were't too excited to have this for breakfast, except lathered in peanut butter. Well, almost. I couldn't get Bryen to even try it. Braeden ate one piece with peanut butter on it and my little Mikey, had it with honey. I toasted 4 pieces for my sweet heart when he got home from work with just butter. He loved it! Then I gave Mikey another piece after school with nothing on it. HE loved it. He even asked it this was what I gave him this morning. I said "yes", He said "I LOVE IT!"I guess this morning they were too tired to eat it. Or care. Can you say early bed time :)

Again I found this on the WestBend website for 1 1/2 lb bread recipes. I love being able to find cool recipes online.  This recipe was I think so far one of my favorite bread machine bread recipes. It came out pretty close to perfect. So soft in the center and not too browned on the crust. (no I didn't cut my self this time) :) Small miracles I know. I'll take them every day and twice on Sundays. Again I set this recipe on delay and went to bed. (I don't know why it took me so long to use that feature.) I LOVE IT!

7 1/2 oz (3/4 +3 Tbsp) water, 75-85F
3 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp butter or margarine
2 cups bread flour
1 cup oats, quick or old fashioned
2 Tbsp dry milk
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp active dry yeast or 1 1/2 tsp bread machine/fast rise yeast

1. Add liquid ingredients and butter to bread pan.

2. Add all dry ingredients, except yeast to bread pan. tap pan to settle dry ingredients and then level, pushing some of them into the corners. Lock pan into bread maker.

3. Make an indentation in center of dry ingredients fill with yeast. Select desired setting. Program timer, if necessary. Turn bread maker on. When bread is done, turn bread maker off and, using oven mitts, unlock and remove the bread pan. Shake bread out of pan and cool on rack before slicing. (or you can be like me and slice it hot and enjoy! :))

A definite make at my house again. I loved it, even if the kids weren't too thrilled with it this morning. My husband and I loved it. They don't have to eat it... That's more for me, and I love my CARBS!

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