When I start baking bread it reminds me of when I was pretty young, like say about 9 years old. We lived in Wyoming where my Dad worked as a ranch hand, so it was Mom's job to make the pennies stretch as far as they possibly could, so she made nearly everything completely from scratch, including all of our bread. That said, I started baking bread when I was 9. Unlike most kids who start out baking cookies, Mom had me baking bread and by the time I was 11 I could cook an entire meal and have it all come off the stove at the same time. This turned out to be a really good thing because it was the summer that I was 11 that Mom fell and broke her tail bone, so I was suddenly in charge of the household cleaning and cooking. I actually learned a lot that summer and I'm glad for it as well as my mother's foresight in preparing me for it. Thank you Mom!
Well, on to the new found love......
Honey Oatmeal Bread
Adapted from Taste of Home
2 C water, divided
1 C oatmeal
1/3 C butter, softened
1/3 C honey
1 Tbsp. salt
2 packages (1/2 oz each) active dry yeast
4 - 5 C all purpose flour, divided
Melted butter (optional)
Get a sauce pan out and bring 1 cup of the water to a boil, then add the oatmeal, honey, butter and salt and give it a good stir until butter is melted. Make sure this mixture is cooled off a bit (to about 110 degrees) before adding anything else, otherwise you could ruin your yeast.
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the oatmeal mixture and 2 cups of flour. Stir until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
I put it in some cold water to help cool it down a little faster.
This is what the yeast should like if it's working like it should.
Now the fun starts!
The dough should hold together like you see here.
So looking forward to having a hot slice of that when it's done!
My family loves to have that first taste of bread fresh out of the oven with some of the left over butter. Enjoy!