Pun aside: I’ve been making that no-knead bread, and it is terrific, but there are times I just miss that hands-on tactile relationship with bread dough. And yesterday was so cold and dreary, I didn’t want to go outside — just wanted to stay home and turn up the thermostat…. or turn on the oven!
Oatmeal bread, a recipe I’ve had for years and years, was just the ticket. It called for two eggs, but I only had one. It called for light molasses; mine was pretty dark. The original recipe also called for milk powder, but I never have that. No matter.
I used a mixture of wheat flour and bread flour, started around noon and by late afternoon I had two beautiful loaves of bread, just ready to be served with tea or soup. This is the kind of bread that is perfect for a sandwich or toast with butter….(but then, isn’t every kind of good bread perfect for that?)
With a little butter (and some marmalade) this was indeed a royal slice of bread, reminding me of A. A. Milne’s whimsical poem, The King’s Breakfast, which my dad used to often recite at our breakfast table:
The King askedThe Queen, andThe Queen askedThe Dairymaid:“Could we have some butter forThe Royal slice of bread?”The DairymaidSaid, “Certainly,I’ll go and tellThe cowNowBefore she goes to bed.”
Oatmeal bread1 tablespoon yeast1 1/4 cups boiling water1 cup rolled oats1/3 cup oil1/2 cup light molasses1 1/2 teaspoons of salt2 large eggs, beatenflour: wheat, white or a mixture
- Dissolve the tablespoon of yeast in 1/2 cup of lukewarm water till bubbly.
- Meanwhile put the oats, molasses, oil and salt in a big bowl and pour the boiling water over it. Cool to lukewarm
- Stir in 2 cups of flour, add the 2 beaten eggs and the yeast mixture.
- Beat well
- Stir in enough flour to make a soft, but not sticky, dough. Turn on a floured surface, cover, and let rest for 10 minutes. Then knead until smooth.
- Let rise in a warm place until double — about 1 1/2 hours. Punch down.
- Coat 2 bread pans with oil and sprinkle a couple tablespoons of oats in each.
- Shape the dough into 2 loaves and let rise for 30 to 45 minutes
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and brush the tops of the loaves with a mixture of 1 egg white and 1 tablespoon of water; sprinkle
- more oats on the top.
- Bake for about 40 minutes or until done. Check after 30 minutes and cover the tops with foil if they are getting too brown.
- See if you can let it cool a little before slicing!