I realize a lot of you already know this but I live in a house of five girls but what you don’t know is that really translates to 6 girls, 2 boys, and a dog if you count all the baggage that comes along with college ladies (boyfriends, siblings, animals, etc). Anyways, my point is there is always SOMEONE around which is fantastic because I love the company but baking is one of my stress reliever and every once in a while I just want to bake in peace. Luckily, Saturday was one of those days where I took the kitchen all to myself. I woke up extra early because I knew that would give me time with two of my roommates being late sleepers, one being in Chicago, another in New York checking out Cornell for the fall, and my boyfriend at work. It was wonderful to just be able to put a vinyl on and go to work.
I love my breadmaker because it gives me the ability to just throw everything in the machine and come back at lunch to fresh bread for sandwiches but making it by hand is so simple and satisfying when you have the time. I realize it seems daunting thinking you have to plan for 3 hours to make this bread but really there is about 20 to 30 minutes of hands on time so when you are busy around the house anyways, letting it rise for an hour by itself is not a big deal. Anyhow, this bread is delicious and anyone who appreciates fresh bread with their sandwiches, I highly suggest making this recipe!
The recipe makes two 8×9 loaves of bread but since I only had one pan I made one loaf and 4 big sandwich rolls (yum!). The bread turned out super moist (still just as moist today – the day after!) and very hearty with the ever-so slightly hint of sweet from the honey.
Oatmeal Honey Buttermilk Bread
adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride
- 1 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 3 Tbsp + 1 tsp honey
- 2 tsp yeast
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp salt
Combine 1 cup of oats and hot water in a bowl and let sit for 10 minutes or until the oats absorbs the water up.
In the bowl of your mixer, add in 1 tbsp of honey with 1/4 cup warm water and sprinkle the yeast on top; let sit for 5 minutes so the yeast can react to the water.
Next, add in the soaked oats, buttermilk, oil, 2 tbsp honey, oil, whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, and salt. Turn the mixer (with the bread hook) on low until everything is combined and then turn up to medium for 10 minutes.
Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap for one hour or until it doubles in size.
Wait, go play with your puppy, do some dancing to David Bowie, wait.
Place the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about five minutes to get the air bubbles out of it. Divide the dough in half and place in two oiled pans (or form into circles if you’re making rolls). Mix the remaining tsp of honey with 1 tsp of very hot water and brush on top of the loaves. Sprinkle the remaining oats on top.
Let sit for about 30 minutes to let it rise a bit more.
Preheat oven to 375. Cook the loaves for 20 to 25 minutes and the buns for 15 to 20 minutes.
Enjoy hot with butter or make sandwiches like I did below!11