Around our home, we try to avoid as many processed or sugar filled foods as possible and since sugar is found in nearly everything, including bread, I bake my own.
I have been on the hunt for a little while for recipes that included good ingredients, didn’t call for processed sugar and my family enjoyed. The recipe that I’m going to share with you meets all of those requirements
This bread recipe is a hit with my entire family, can easily be made and kneaded in a stand mixer or by hand – totally your preference.
I thoroughly enjoy kneading by hand, but mama doesn’t always have the time. I usually make a loaf about once or twice a week because my family likes it that much.
- 3 cups flour
- 3/4 cup oats
- 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup lukewarm water
- 1/4 cup raw, natural honey
- For the top of the bread: 2 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons oats
- In a large bowl or stand mixer bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
- In a small saucepan, add the milk and butter. Heat just until the butter melts, but don’t allow to boil or scald.
- Stir in the honey and water.
- Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture. If using a mixer, use the dough hook. Knead for about 10 minutes. If kneading by hand, you’ll notice this bread is very sticky and may require more flour. Add a small amount at a time, approximately 1 tablespoon at a time, until it isn’t very tacky, but don’t allow to become too dry.
- Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover with clean dry towel and allow to rise until doubled in size – approximately 1/2 hour to 1 hour.
- If dough is still too sticky, flour your working surface and roll dough out into loaf size and place in pan. I use a standard 9×5 inch loaf pan. Allow to rise again until doubled. Again approximately 1/2 hour to 1 hour.
- Fill a second loaf pan or something similar with approximately 2 cups of water and place on bottom rack of the oven. This will create steam in the oven.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Brush the top of the bread with the honey and add the remaining oats.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely (if you can!)
- Slice up and enjoy!