After my success with my Focaccia Bread, I wanted to go a step further and try something more of a mainstream kinda bread. I still couldn’t muster enough courage to try, knead and bake a real loaf of bread from scratch. As I was debating the idea of whether I could actually do it, I came across this recipe for ‘Oatmeal Batter Bread’ in the book ‘Anyone can Bake‘, and it seemed very doable. One, because it involved no kneading, since it is a batter bread, two, it involved only 45 minutes of rising time..I was surprised. But, I decided to give it a try, and I am glad I did.
1 cup warm milk(105 degrees to 115 degrees F)
1/4 cup honey or packed brown sugar(I used brown sugar)
1 package active dry yeast
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats, plus extra for sprinkling
In a large bowl combine milk, honey and yeast stirring until the yeast dissolves. Let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, grease a loaf pan, set pan aside.
Add flour, egg, oil and salt to the yeast mixture. Beat with an electric mixter on low speed until combined. Beat for 3 minutes on high speed, scraping bowl occassionally. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the whole wheat flour and oats until combined. Spoon batter into the prepared loaf pan, spreading evenly. Cover; let dough rise in a warm place until double in size.(about 45 minutes)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake in the preheated oven about 40 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when lightly tapped. If necessary to prevent overbrowning, cover top of bread with foil for the last 10 to 15 minuts of baking. Immediately remove bread form pan. Cool on a wire rack.
Well, I did have the patience to let it rise(only because it was 45 minutes):). The weather in Seattle was typical Seattle weather and it could have probably used another 15 mins or so. But, the house smelled wonderful, during and after the bread was taken out of the oven. I believe it is a great bread for beginners like me. If you are used to making cakes, you can definitely pull off this bread. I didn’t even wait for it to cool down, I lopped off a slice and smeared it with marmalade to enjoy as my snack.
Verdict: My first experience of fresh baked bread, and I am blown away…Although I didn’t do anything great, I have this great sense of accomplishment..and I spent the whole day grinning with pride..As I said before, it could have used a few more minutes rising, and it was’nt airy and light and still a bit on the cakey side. But, it didn’t last but a day at our house. We enjoyed it warm with marmalade and the next day toasted it and smeared with butter. Delicious!
I am sending this to Chaitra’s Bread Mania event . Thanks Chaitra for inviting me personally.