Carbs are something that I try to stay away from but it really just never happens so instead of cutting it out of my diet all together I decided that baking my own breads is the best I can do. I mean at least I know whats going into making this bread right? Plus fresh bread is always so tasty. I love the hard outer shell of fresh bread and how light the inside of the bread is in the middle. Bread really is a very easy thing to make you don’t even need to have a standard mixer like you might think or a bread machine. All you need is a big bowl, wooden spoon, hand towel, bread pan, and a oven. I am sure that you have those things in your kitchen.
Warm Water – 1 1/2 cups
Yeast – 1 package
Honey – 1/2 cup
Canola Oil – 3 tbsp
Salt – 2 tsp
Oatmeal – 1 cup
Whole Wheat Flour- 1 1/2 cups
White Flour 1/2 cups + more for kneading
You want to start out by placing the yeast and the water into a bowl and stir till it is mixed well and then let it sit for around 10 mins ( the water will look a little foamy or bubbly). Next go ahead and put the honey in with the yeast and water mixture that you just made, I always love this because I never just stick with just 1/2 cup of honey, sometimes I end up just holding the bottle of honey upside down and start pouring. This is one of my biggest problems is not measuring things all the time and sometimes I just start mixing things until it looks correct or smells good to me. Once you have decided how much honey you want to put in your bread you can go ahead and add the oil, salt, oatmeal, and then start with half a cup of flour at a time until the flour is all used or the bread starts to pull away from the bowl sides. Turn the bread dough out onto a floured counter and knead adding more flour until it is no longer sticky but more soft like dough. Knead for at least 10 more mins after this.
Now don’t worry about the flour all over the counter just leave it you will use it in a moment again.
Now either you can place the dough in a lightly oiled big bowl and cover with a damp hand towel or you can do what I find to make the bread the best texture; placing in a lightly oiled plastic container and place the lid on it. Doing either is your choice really, just make sure that whatever you choose that you have a big enough container because the dough is going to double in size.
Maybe even you can double this recipe and place half into a bowl and one into a plastic covered container?
Like I said I enjoy the plastic closed container. Place the dough into a warm dark area of your house, I find this to be in the cabinet in the kitchen and let it rise for at least a hour. Don’t worry if you let it rise for more then a hour it isn’t going to be messed up and you have to start over. After the dough has risen turn it out again onto your floured counter and shape into a loaf and place into your lightly oiled bread pan. Cover with hand cloth and place back into your warm dark area and leave it be for about another hour again.
I like to take the time that I am waiting on the bread to rise to sometimes play a video game. SHHH don’t tell anyone! This is normally why I end up leaving my bread to rise longer then normal not because I mean to but because I get wrapped up in the game I am playing and forget about it.
Once you have realized that you need to stop playing your video game or whatever it is you are doing, take the bread and sprinkle more oats on top and place your bread into the 375 degree oven. This time when you leave it set a timer so that you don’t forget about it for 30 mins. Check your bread and see how it is doing, I normally have to leave my bread for about 45 mins. You will know when it is ready when the bread is golden brown and once you tap the top it sounds hollow.
That is it! You have fresh bread!
Let the bread completely cool before you decide to cut into it. I know that really is the hardest part to this whole bread making business.
Now that you have fresh bread try not to make too much french toast and sandwiches all in one day. Try to make the bread last a week, ok what am I saying, try to make it last at least 3 days before eating it all.