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I’ve amended our favorite KitchenAid bread to include honey & a bit of oat flour. The healthy oats give the resulting soft homemade oatmeal / honey sandwich bread a hearty feel and it’s DELICIOUS!
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Homemade Bread is Healthier
I try to supply my handsome RancherMan with his favorite Homemade Sandwich Bread, He loves it so much more than the commercial stuff.
And I feel good knowing that my bread is filled with only natural ingredients I recognize and can pronounce. None of those fillers & preservatives.
Plus DANG, the
lazy-girl er, I mean efficient side of me loves that my *KitchenAid Mixer makes it so much easier!
But one day I found myself with an extra supply of oatmeal. Although I’m using it often with hearty Flavored Oatmeal as well as my own Homemade Pumpkin Granola for breakfasts, I wonder if I can amend my bread recipe to use up some of these healthy oats too.
As it turns out yes I can, and with surprisingly delicious results! I’m extremely pleased with the taste of this oatmeal version of my homemade bread. Plus it came out deliciously soft.
How To Substitute Whole Wheat Flour With ‘Oat Flour’
For my traditional KitchenAid bread I usually do an approximate 2/3 all-purpose and 1/3 (ish) wheat blend of flour.
But with this recipe I replaced the whole wheat flour with ‘oat flour‘ I made by putting dry whole oats in my coffee grinder and pulsing it until it was powdered. This gives me a loaf with the same hearty feel of whole wheat but with healthy oats instead.
NOTE: you have to be careful when replacing flour made of wheat with oat flour. Since there’s no gluten in the oats, replacing too much hampers the rise of the bread.
(I’m telling ya, my small collection of *Coffee Grinders is perhaps some of my most useful kitchen tools that I don’t necessarily use for their intended purpose of grinding coffee beans!)
The dough tends to be a little stickier with the oat flour addition and I often add just a touch more all purpose flour at kneading to get a workable dough.
Buttering The Tops Of The Loaves
When there is 5 minutes remaining to bake I pull the loaves out of the oven & brush the tops of the loaves with a small amount of melted butter mixed with about a tablespoon of honey.
Then I sprinkle raw oats lightly on top of each loaf, returning the loaves to the oven for their last 5 minutes of baking time.
My hope was that this would add a subtle sweetness while giving the oats a little something to help them hang on.
Adding Whole Oats To The Crust
Although the bread was delicious, my method of affixing the raw oats on top of the loaves didn’t work. Almost all of it fell off as I was cutting of the bread.
It didn’t affect the bread itself at all, but I was hoping for that beautiful oat-sprinkled crust look. I wonder why it didn’t stick. Hummmm….
Suggestions To Top Crust With Whole Oats
So I turned to my panel of experts (aka: the Smarty-McSuperSmart followers on our Facebook Page) and asked them what they did to keep the oats on the tops of their own homemade bread.
Did they use an egg white/milk wash? Maybe something else?
As is typically the case, my FB followers came through for me with some great suggestions for me to try next time.
- ElleMental says: “brush sugar water on right before the bread goes in the oven. I brush the loaf, sprinkle oats then tap the oats with a silica brush with a little more sugar water. Then 5-10 minutes before they are done, I brush the loaves again.”
- Allan Swain says: “We sell an oatmeal molasses bread, amongst others, at the farmers markets we go to. Once risen and just before going into the oven we give it a liberal whole egg wash and then sprinkle oatmeal on top. We still lose a little but for the most part it stays on.”
Amending A Bread Recipe For A Bread Machine
UPDATE: In addition to the oven-baked recipe at the bottom of this post, I’ve also amended this favored honey/oat sandwich bread recipe to make a single 2-Lb Loaf for a Bread Machine.
Now I can make RancherMan’s favorite sandwich bread even during the hot months of summer. I simply set the bread machine outside on our covered porch to bake.
Homemade Oven-Baked Honey Oat Bread
If you’d like to bake a couple of loaves of this delicious soft honey / oat sandwich bread for yourself, I’m including the recipe below.
Did you make this bread? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!
Honey/Oat Sandwich Bread - 2 loaves
I've replaced the whole wheat flour in my sandwich bread recipe with healthy homemade oat flour. The result was delicious! #TexasHomesteader
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 Tablespoons honey (can substitute sugar)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1 Tablespoon bacon grease
- 4.5 teaspoons active dry yeast or 2 pkgs
- 1.5 cups warm water (105 – 115 degrees)
- 5 - 6 cups flour using the blend below
(2.5 cups oat flour, 2.5 to 3.5 cups all-purpose flour)
Heat milk, honey, salt & butter until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Cool to lukewarm.
Dissolve yeast in warm water, pour into * KitchenAid bowl and add lukewarm milk mixture and 2.5 cups oat flour as well as 2.5 cups of the all-purpose flour. Attach dough hook and mix on Speed 2 for about one minute or until all ingredients are incorporated.
Continuing on speed 2 add remaining all purpose flour as needed, 1/2 cup at a time and mix until dough clings to hook and cleans the sides of the bowl (about 2 minutes) Continue kneading on Speed 2 for about two minutes longer or until dough is smooth and elastic. (Dough will be slightly sticky)
Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place free from drafts until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down and knead by hand on a floured surface for about two minutes. Divide in half and roll each half into a rectangle with a rolling pin. Then by hand roll each rectangle into a log, pinching the ends to seal, and place each log into a greased 9x5x2 loaf pan, turning to coat the top.
Cover & let rise in warm draft-free location until doubled in size, approximately 50 minutes. Remove cover and turn oven to 400 degrees (375 for glass pan) and bake for 30 minutes. (If desired, you can use one of the suggestions in the post above to sprinkle raw oats on top of the loaf at this time). When only 5 minutes of baking time remains brush melted butter on top of each loaf and then allow to finish baking.
When bread is done, allow the bread to cool 5 minutes in their pans, then remove the bread from the pans and place loaves on a wire rack. Cover loosely with kitchen towel and allow to cool completely. (or do as we do & cut a chunk while it’s still hot & ENJOY! LOL)
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- Basic Beer Bread
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- Pesto Beer Bread
- Homemade Country-Style Buttermilk Biscuits
- Leftover Biscuit Dough Cinnamon Rolls!
- Snappy Jalapeno/Cheese Biscuits
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