Thursday, November 10, 2011

Trials on Oatmeal Bread

Up at 3AM.  Rains are gone and it is in the 30's. 

Well, I began the trial baking on oatmeal bread yesterday. The first one I did was called Grandma's Oatmeal bread.  Here are  some various pictures.
It looks beautiful.....until I show you the other side.

As you can see it exploded.  Now I would rather I get a nice tall rise than not, but this is overdone!  I may not have had the sealed part on the bottom enough.   Or maybe the pinch of ginger helped the yeast a bit much.
But we have decided we  don't care.  It was just an excellent bread, very fine textured and soft and should make for some great sandwiches.  We find whole wheat breaks a little to much for good sandwiches, especially after a few days.

This one is well worth trying.

Grandma's Oatmeal Bread

From Blue Ribbon Breads by Hodgson Mills

2 pkg yeast
½ cup 115° water
1-1/4 cup boiling water
1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal (I have just chopped up regular in the food processor before)
½ cup light molasses (or honey)
½ vegetable oil
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
6 to 6-1/2 cups unbleached flour (you may mix with whole wheat- I did)
2 eggs beaten
solid shortening to coat bowl and two 9x5x3 loaf pans

1 egg white
¼ cup oatmeal
1 T. water

Add yeast to ½ cup warm water and let stand 10 minutes (this is proofing the yeast)

Combine boiling water, oatmeal, molasses or honey, oil and salt. Cool to lukewarm. Stir in 2 cups flour. Mix well.
Add 2 whole eggs and yeast mixture. Mix well. Add remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, 10 minutes by hand or 4 in mixer. Put in a greased bowl, rotate to coat top. Cover with a damp towel and let rise about 1-1/2 hours. Knead down and let rise a second time until doubled, about l hour.
Divide into two equal portions form into loaves and place in greased pans and let rise about one hour.

While dough is rising preheat oven to 375°.

Brush loaves with the egg white coating mixture and sprinkle with oatmeal.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes until top is golden brown. Remove from pans immediately and let cool on racks.

Makes 2 loaves.

Note:  I added 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
I used half honey and half molasses since my molasses was dark
I used half olive oil and half canola oil.
All else exactly the same.

I told you it is hard for me to follow bread directions to the letter!

Random Cat Picture

Our granddaughter took this one.  It appeals to me.


  1. That looks wonderful..I'll try it this weekend!

  2. Oh. my. goodness. Real goodness. I am not a bread maker. I once made bottle dolls (remember those?) for a neighbor's children's Christmas so she would bake rolls for my Christmas dinner.

  3. Your bread looks so comforting and delicious!

    I love the picture of those two sweet felines. A great capture by your grand-daughter.


  4. Thanks for the recipe & kitty pictures!

  5. Yum-O! I love oatmeal bread. Need to get my regular recipe and see how close it is to yours, and whether I need to modify a little. I don't care what bread looks like. The real test is taste and texture. Looks like you have a keeper.

    Love those tiger cats. Hugs!

  6. A good day to make some bread, it's cold out there this morning! Nothing like the texture of homemade bread, the BEST toast....hard to explain how good~ right??? Have a great weekend Glenda!

  7. Yumalicious! Can't wait to try it! K