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Slightly sweet, cinnamon-y and moist.  Heart healthy oats baked with wheat flour make this bread healthier, and heartier, than those off the grocery store shelf.

Makes 2 loaves, one to leave out and one for your freezer or a friend.  Great new baby gift with a jar of fruit spread, or a homemade meal.  Use it to whip up amazing french toast, top with fresh berries, cinnamon and pure maple syrup.  This recipe will soon become a family favorite.  And just in time for Mother’s Day brunch.

Fun Saturday activity with kids, little hands will love kneading the bread!

HONEY-OAT WHEAT BREAD

makes 2 loaves

  • 1 tbsp YEAST, ACTIVE
  • 6 tbsp WATER, WARM
  • 1/4 cup SUGAR, plus 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 cups WATER, BOILING
  • 1 cup OATS, ROLLED
  • 1 tbsp HONEY
  • 1/4 cup BUTTER, REGULAR, UNSALTED, softened
  • 1 tbsp SALT, SEA
  • 1 tbsp CINNAMON, GROUND
  • 2 cups WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR
  • 4 cups WHITE FLOUR, UNBLEACHED

1. In a small bowl stir yeast, 6 T. warm water and 1 T. sugar together. Let set, and foam, about 10 minutes (if yeast doesn’t foam it is not active).

2. Combine oats, 1/4 cup sugar, honey, boiling water, butter and cinnamon in a large bowl. Let set for remainder of time the yeast proofs.

3. Add yeast with liquid.

Sift in flours and salt.

Stir until dough is crumbly and pour out onto a well floured work surface.

Knead for 10 minutes by hand, adding flour as needed (if dough is too sticky), until smooth.

Transfer dough ball to a cooking sprayed bowl, and cover with a kitchen towel. Rise in a warm area for 1 hour.

4. Form risen dough

into 2 loaf shapes and place each in a cooking sprayed and floured, 9×5″ bread loaf pans.

Spray tops lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with a few oats if desired. Cover with a kitchen towel to let rise another hour, or until top has risen the height of the pan.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until outside is lightly browned and crusty. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes.

Then remove bread from pan and cool on a wire rack. Slice each loaf into 12 pieces. Wonderful warm from the oven with a little real butter. (To freeze cover tightly in plastic wrap, then foil or sealed plastic bag.)

VARIATIONS: Make 1/2 the recipe in a bread machine, follow manufacturer’s instructions for adding ingredients and set for 1 1/2 – 2 lb. wheat loaf.

NUTRITION INFO PER SLICE (or 1/12th of loaf): 150 calories, 2g fat, 1.5g sat fat, 270mg sodium, 29g carb, 2g fiber, 4g sugar, 4g protein

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