Thursday, August 30, 2012

Honey Oat Bread

Inspired by my recent success with bread, I took on the challenge to make sandwich bread. I've had a fair share of disasters with yeast, but those days are in the past now.

This recipe is adapted from Julia Child's white sandwich bread, and is everything you want good bread to be - moist, light, and incredibly fluffy.

Making bread at home can be slightly expensive than buying store bought bread, at least in India. In my defense, homemade bread tastes much better and doesn't have any mystical raising agents that commercial bread has.

 Honey Oat Bread

- adapted from Julia Child's recipe, on Dinner with Julie

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats (I used Quaker)
1 1/2 cups water
1 tbsp + 1 tsp active dry yeast, or 30 gms fresh yeast
4 tbsp honey
2 tbsp butter, at room temperature
1 tsp salt

Mix honey with 1/2 cup warm water in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle yeast on top and wait 5-7 minutes, till it turns frothy.

Add flour, oats, butter, salt, and remaining water. Using the dough attachment on a hand/stand mixer, mix everything together so it forms a wet, shaggy dough, about 10 minutes. Cover with cling wrap and let it rise for two hours, till the dough doubles in size.

Punch down the dough. Remove from bowl onto a floured counter. Rub some flour on your hands and stretch the dough into a rough rectangle, as shown in the picture below.

Fold the dough into a log, starting from the shorter end of the rectangle. Place it in a greased loaf tin with the seam side down.

Before | After

Let rise for another 2 hours. Preheat oven to 160C and bake for 30 minutes, till the top is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.

Remove the bread from the loaf tin and brush the top generously with milk. Let cool on a wire rack.

Here's a view of the sliced bread.

I'm not sure about the shelf life of the bread. I think it should do okay in the refrigerator for a couple of days.


  1. hi Khushboo,
    I totally agree with you, making bread at home is much more satisfying and healthy with none of that chemical crap that goes in the commercial ones. Your loaf looks perfect with a nice rise and texture. Great job!!
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    Do join us in the event. You will have loads of fun :D
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  2. Looks like a nice and easy recipe . None of those wish wash imported ingredients that you have to go out and buy . The bread looks great . Will try out the recipe . Just added you on indieblogger :)