Sunday, February 7, 2010

Honey Oatmeal Bread

This was a recipe that came with my kitchen aid mixer.  I was really pleased with how it turned out.

1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup margarine or butter
5 1/2-6 1/2 cups all purpose wheat flour (or white)
1 cup quick cooking oats
2 teaspoons salt
2 packages active dry yeast
2 eggs
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water

Place water, honey, and margarine in small sauce pan.  Heat over low heat until mixture is very warm.
Place 5 cups four, oats, salt and yeast in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and dough hook to mixer. Turn to speed 2 and mix about 15 seconds. Continuing on speed 2, gradually add warm mixture to four mixture and mix about 1 minute.  Add eggs and mix about 1 minute longer.
Continuing on speed 2, add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and mix about 2 minutes, or until dough clings to hook and cleans sides of bowl. Knead on speed 2 about 2 minutes longer.
Place dough in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover. let rise in warm place, free from draft, about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.
Punch down dough and divide in half. Shape each into a loaf. Place in greased 8 1/2 x4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch baking pan. Cover. Let rise in a warm place, free from draft, about 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
Beat egg white and water together with a fork.  Brush tops of loaves with mixture.  Sprinkle with oatmeal.  Bake at 375 for 40 minutes. Remove from pans immediately and cool on wire racks. 

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