I was making a pot of Buffalo Chicken Chili (I will post the recipe for this tomorrow) the other night and wanted some kind of homemade bread to have with it. I didn’t want to make just plain bread or even a loaf of French Bread. I wanted something that was more substantial and a sort of stick to your ribs/comfort bread. I decided on Oatmeal bread. Because of the oatmeal, it is a bit denser than regular sandwich bread and paired great with the chili! Dillon liked it so much that he ate the 2 slices I had cut for him and went back to cut more for himself lol! The fact it is made with ingredients you likely already have on hand is just a bonus!
There really is nothing quite like the smell of fresh bread baking in your oven!
Here are my ingredients I used to make the bread.
I whisked together the water, oil, sugar and yeast in the bowl of my stand mixer…
And let it sit for about 10 minutes until the yeast was starting to bloom.
Next I added the flour, oatmeal and salt and then mixed it to form a smooth, elastic dough.
I put the dough ball in a greased bowl, covered with a tea towel, and let it rise for about 90 minutes until it was doubled in size before punching it down and shaping it into a loaf.
I placed the loaf into my prepared loaf pan, covered it with the tea towel and let it rise for another 30 minutes or so until it was about an inch above the top of the pan.
I baked it at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes or so, until it was cooked all the way through and was nice and brown on top.
I let it cool for about 15 minutes before slicing it into nice thick slices to enjoy with the chili.
Easy to Make Oatmeal Bread
Preparation Time: 15 minutes Rising Time: 90 + 30 minutes Baking Time: 30 – 40 minutes Servings: 1 loaf
- 1 1/3 cups warm water
- 2 tsp. yeast
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup oats
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- In bowl of stand mixer, whisk together water, yeast, sugar and oil.
- Let stand about 10 minutes until yeast starts to bloom.
- Add flour, oats and salt to mixture and mix together to form dough.
- Knead dough for 5 minutes in stand mixer (10 minutes if kneading by hand).
- Place dough ball in greased bowl, covered with a tea towel, and let rise 90 minutes until doubled in size.
- Punch dough down and shape into loaf.
- Place loaf in greased loaf pan, cover with tea towel and let rise an additional 30 – 45 minutes, until it is about 1 inch above the top of the loaf pan.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes, until cooked through and browned on top.
- Allow to cool 15 minutes before slicing and serving.