This is my first bread post of 2014! I might seem overly excited about this, but it is because I love bread. It doesn’t matter how many times I bake bread, I still get excited every time it turns out well. And this loaf of oatmeal sandwich bread turned out so well. TheBetterHalf actually said it was his favorite loaf yet, and that really shocked me because there is a whole cup of oatmeal in here! He is not the biggest fan of oatmeal. But you can’t actually tell there are oats in here – they kind of dissolve and the resulting bread has a soft but sturdy texture. It is the perfect sandwich bread!
Just look at that PB&J – doesn’t that picture make you want one? I might need to have that for lunch today.
Now I know yeast bread seems scary, but I promise, it isn’t! This recipe is so easy, especially if you knead it in a stand mixer. You can definitely do it by hand too, it just takes a little more elbow grease.
First mix together the yeast and the warm milk in the bowl of your stand mixer. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, until it is foamy. This is just to make sure the yeast is alive and well.
Then dump the rest of the ingredients in the bowl, and knead it with the dough hook for about 5 -7 minutes, until the dough is nice and smooth. Meanwhile, lightly grease a separate bowl.
Make the dough into a nice ball, put it in the greased bowl, and roll it around to coat the dough in oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and then let it rise for about an hour. The dough likes it to be nice and warm, so make sure you put it in a warm, draft-free place. This particular dough will not double in size, but it will grow and will be nice and puffy.
After the dough has risen, gently punch it down and turn it out onto a silicone mat or a lightly greased counter. Shape it into a loaf and then place it into a greased loaf pan. Let it rise for another hour, then bake. After about 40 minutes, you will have perfect, soft, fluffy sandwich bread.
This bread has a hint of sweetness from honey, and a bit of an earthy, nutty taste from the oats. It is soft and tender, but sturdy enough for a sandwich. It makes delicious toast too! This is a great staple bread to have around the house.