Whole Wheat Oatmeal Bread for the Bread Machine
Adapted from White on Rice Couple
Ahhhhhhhhh, we did it!!!!! Amazing, 100% whole wheat, real food bread that is AWESOME. It’s awesome as toast. It’s awesome as sandwich bread. It’s awesome as bread crumbs. It. Is. Awesome. And I’m a smidge excited about it. You see, I love bread, but I also love eating real, unprocessed food, and by and large these passions haven’t jived. I’ve made some mediocre whole wheat breads, and some pretty tasty half-whole wheat breads, but I wanted the whole package. Oh, and I wanted it to work in my hand-me-down bread machine, because give me a break, I have a day job. I saw this recipe on a blog and read all the rave reviews, but it was written for making by hand and that was a problem. Luckily, I’ve recently lost my motivation to be a by-the-book, science-is-everything baker, and decided to just wing it. It may have something to do with the 25 pound bag of whole wheat bread flour that I’m desperate to whittle down before it’s too warm to store it in the garage (although that day feels verrrrry far away on this lovely 2 degree morning). So into the machine everything went, along with a little prayer to the bread gods. And lo and behold, we awoke to the most fabulous smell ever created. And a beautiful, crusty, spongy, delightful loaf of honest to goodness bread. So if you still have a dusty bread maker circa 1990 laying around, jump on it. (Sorry mom, I’ll just have to bring you the bread, since I stole your machine!)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup milk (we used whole milk)
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 2 Tbsp molasses
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp sea salt
- 4 1/2 cups whole wheat bread flour (18 ounces)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- Bread maker: Follow your manufacturer’s instructions. In my case this means putting all the liquids and the salt in the bottom. Covering them with the flour and oats, then putting the yeast on top of the dry ingredients.
- By hand: check out the original recipe from White on Rice Couple for instructions without a bread maker.
- To make a baguette: Remove the dough from the bread maker after the first rise (check your manual on how to do this – my machine has a “dough only” setting). Place the dough on a floured surface and punch down. Cut dough in half. Roll each half into a big rectangle. Fold the rectangles “letter style,” into thirds, long ways. Place the dough on parchment and allow to rise for 1 hour. Preheat the oven with a pizza stone inside to 350. Slide the parchment and dough onto the pizza stone. Bake 20-25 minutes until the crust is brown and crisp. We used this version to make garlic bread, and it was AWESOME.
Makes a very large loaf. I actually made a half recipe because it seemed like a lot for my bread maker (circa 1990) to handle. Technically my machine’s max is a 2 pound loaf. In retrospect, it might have fit, but a 1.5 recipe probably would have been ideal.