Thursday, August 5, 2010

bread baking

A couple weekends ago we took a trip to Iowa to visit some friends.  In between the cheese curds and the amazing donuts, the incredible bulk foods store and the adorable children, we carbed up on Melissa's amazing oatmeal bread.  Pretty much anytime we wanted a snack (or something in our mouth) we were over at the counter, slicing off a hunk.  It was sooo good.  Melissa graciously provided me with the recipe and yesterday I finally got around to making it!

Iowa Oatmeal Bread
1c. oatmeal
2c. water
2pkgs. yeast (1 1/2T.)
1/3c. warm water
1T. sugar
1/3c. honey (scant)
1t. salt
5c.+ whole wheat flour
1/2c. ground flaxseed

Cook oatmeal in 2c. water, along.  Let the mixture cool.

Dissolve yeast into  warm water and sugar.  Let it rise for about 5 minutes.

Combine the yeast and the oatmeal mixtures along with honey and salt.  Knead in all of flaxseed and flour as needed.  Let rise about 1 hour or until double in size.  Reknead, using more flour as needed.  Separate into two equal loaves.  Let rise another hour or until double in size.  Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.

My modifications: When I kneaded it for the second time I took out half and formed it into the loaf.  Then I played with the second loaf!  I added sunflower seeds (dry roasted, unsalted) and cracked wheat.
Both loaves came out looking great, at least to my standards!  I happily enjoyed 2 slices of the sunflower/wheat loaf. Fresh, hot, hearty, chewy bread is the best. 

Surprisingly, the plain loaf is actually my favorite - dare I say I won't mess with the recipe next time??  I used part of the loaf of plain bread for dinner... but more on that recipe another day!


  1. I made mine yesterday as well and took it to small group. I of course played around with it and added flax and wheat germ. Everyone devoured it and now I don't have any bread left. :(

  2. Oh, and I only bake mine for about 20ish minutes. Did it really take yours 40-45 minutes to bake?

  3. Kim, does this recipe make 2 loaves? Or did you just separate it into 2 smaller ones so you could play with it?


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