Friday, March 25, 2011

Our Daily Bread!

My favorite "brown" bread to make.
It is easy, tasty and healthy.
Hope you like it too!

1 1/2 C. Boiling Water
1 C. Steal Cut Oats
3/4 C. Honey or Agave
3 T. Real Butter
1 C. Multi-grain Cereal (I used Bob's Red Mill 5-Grain with Flax seed.)
2 t. Salt
2 T. Yeast
2 T. Gluten flour (optional)
2 C. Lukewarm water
3 C. Whole wheat flour
4 C. White flour
In a large mixing bowl, pour boiling water over steal cut oats and 5-grain cereal. Let stand about 20 minutes. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add soft butter, honey and salt to softened cereal. Stir in yeast mixture. Add the whole wheat flour and gluten flour if using. Mix well.
I transferred mine to the Kitchen Aid bowl for mixing in the 3 1/2 C. white flour. (about 10 min.)
Then I kneaded in by hand the last 1/2 C. white flour till smooth and elastic.
Place dough in a greased bowl. Grease top and cover with a towel to rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled.
Turn out of bowl and kneed again to remove air. Roll out into a rectangle and divide dough into 3 equal sized portions. Place in 3 greased loaf pans. Cover with a towel and let rise about another hour.
Bake 350* for 30 minutes or until nicely browned and bottoms sound hollow when tapped.
Turn out of pans and cool on racks. Brush tops with butter.
Yummy with fresh homemade butter!