There’s nothing better than a loaf of fresh Honey Oat Bread right out of the oven! Soft, slightly chewy and oh so delicious.
Let me start by saying that this week has been hard. You can definitely tell the holidays are fast approaching, as time suddenly seems to go by so much faster and deadlines are always creeping up on me!
Seriously, where can I start a petition so we can have 30 hour days? Who can I talk to? I wanna see the manager!
Do you feel the same? I bet if you have kids, you’re probably also struggling with back-to-school stress and anxiety. The kids are worried about how things will play out over this new school year, what their grades will be and if they are gonna fit socially. It is very common for parents to also feel all this things.
I don’t have to deal with any of this yet, as we don’t have kids. But I have several other stress sources, so believe me when I say: I get you!
So I thought I would share with you my number one stress management activity: baking bread.
There’s something about baking bread from scratch that is very relaxing and comforting. Not to mention the smell! Oh, the smell definitely has something to do with the fact that I feel so much better after I bake a loaf of bread.
Today’s choice is a fresh and slightly sweet Honey Oat Bread made with Bob’s Red Mill Oats.
The oats add just the perfect amount of nuttiness and pairs great with the honey, making this bread perfect for sandwiches or even for breakfast, with a slab of butter or jam.
I’ve been a huge fan of Bob’s Red Mill Oats for a while now. All of their oats are kiln roasted to give them that wholesome flavor you come to expect from good quality oats.
There are so many delicious things I like to make with oats. It is truly an incredibly versatile whole grain that is also rich in dietary fiber and can help reduce cholesterol.
Despite what you might think of me (and my occasional food porn style recipes), I do try to keep a healthy diet and eat things that are nourishing and good for my body. So Bob’s Red Mill Oats are always in my pantry!
If you’re also an oats lover but haven’t tried making oat bread yet, you need to get on that ASAP!
This bread is not only delicious but very easy and fool proof, especially if you use a stand mixer. You do have to wait for it to rise twice, but it is totally worth it. Not to mention, you get to go work on other stuff (ahem, time to start working on Halloween costumes!) while the bread is rising. And, at the end, you will have this beautiful and fresh loaf of bread that would impress any professional baker.
Seriously, who would buy bread when you can make this fantastic oat bread at home? ❤️
For this recipe, I recommend:
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 1 1/3 cups lukewarm milk
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for sprinkling over the bread
- 3 cups bread flour
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons salt
- Egg wash: 1 egg + 1/3 cup milk
- Combine the lukewarm milk and honey in a small bowl. Sprinkle the active dry yeast, cover with a kitchen towel and let it proof for about 10 minutes or until the yeast is activated.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine all the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. Then, add the yeast mixture and melted butter, and knead on medium speed until it comes together but it is still sticky. Do not overwork the dough!
- Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, brush the top with a little oil, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
- While the dough is rising, prepare a loaf pan (9X5) by spraying with cooking spray or brushing with oil. Reserve.
- When dough has doubled in size, transfer to a lightly floured surface and, using your fingers, flatten the dough into a 9 by 12-inch rectangle. Then, tightly roll the dough to form a log, tucking the ends as needed. Transfer to the greased loaf pan with the seam side down, cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise again for about one hour or until doubled in size once more.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Brush the bread loaf with the egg wash and sprinkle with oats all over the top.
- Bake your bread for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and with an internal temperature of 190F degrees.If the bread is browning too quickly, cover with foil to stop it from getting too dark.
- Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool a little before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before serving.