Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Buttermilk Oatmeal Bread

Buttermilk Oatmeal Bread | Buttered Side Up
Buttermilk Oatmeal Bread | Buttered Side Up
Buttermilk Oatmeal Bread | Buttered Side Up
Buttermilk Oatmeal Bread | Buttered Side Up

Since I don't own a stand mixer (we're working on that), I often avoid making bread that requires kneading. Instead, I opt for a no-knead bread, which is quite good, but sometimes you just need a slice of perfectly-formed sandwich bread.
And so I coax Reuben into kneading it for me. After 10+ minutes of working the dough, he's convinced we should buy a stand mixer. ;)

This loaf is very yummy - a little bit sweet, slightly sour. It's very versatile - it works with savory or sweet toppings. My favorite is toasted and spread with butter, peanut butter, honey and bananas.

Quick tip: I like to make a double batch and freeze one loaf. If you're a smaller family, it's easiest to slice the whole loaf before freezing. That way you can defrost a single slice if needed.

By the way, I love the idea of avocado spread on toast, but I can't seem to make it work for me. How do you like to fix it?


Buttermilk Oatmeal Bread
Adapted from She Runs She Eats | makes 1 large loaf | PRINTABLE PAGE

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar, maple syrup or honey, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt


Directions:

1) In a small saucepan, gently heat the water and buttermilk to 110 degrees F (43 degrees C). Place the yeast and 1/4 teaspoon of the sugar in a small bowl; pour the heated buttermilk mixture into the bowl and let proof for 5 minutes.

2) In a large bowl, combine the flours, oats, remaining sugar and salt. Add the yeast mixture, remaining buttermilk mixture and butter and mix with a wooden spoon to combine. 

3) Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10-15 minutes. Add flour as necessary. Return to mixing bowl and let rise until doubled, about 1-2 hours, depending on how warm your house is.

4) Form risen dough into loaves, buns or whatever shape you wish. Place in greased pans (if making a loaf use a 9x5-inch pan) and let rise until nearly doubled, about 1-2 more hours.

5) During the last 15 minutes of rising, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Bake risen bread until nicely browned and load sounds hollow when rapped on the bottom. Remove from pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing (I never can wait that long).

22 comments:

  1. Avocado with a pinch of sea salt makes my morning sometimes, but I have to be in the mood. Maybe you aren't in the mood? A hint of lemon also works wonders.

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    1. Yeah, it just seems a bit rich or something - maybe because I butter my bread as well? Ah yes, I'll bet lemon or lime would help!

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  2. Homemade bread is the best! And this recipe looks lovely Erica!

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  3. Yum that looks so good! I just have one question, your buttons are darling and I'v been looking for some.
    Do you remember where you got yours?
    Thanks:)

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  4. That toasted slice with butter and honey looks mouth watering! Oh, my!

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  5. Avocado with sea salt, garlic powder, dried onion and nutritional yeast. SO yummy.

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    1. Oh, that sounds good! I've had nutritional yeast on popcorn, but nothing else.

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  6. I absolutely LOVE your blog! The photography is so enticing and inspiring . . . not to mention the recipes are awesome. Well done girl. Keeps me coming back. I just wish I had read this post a wee bit earlier in the morning so I would have made this bread recipe instead of another. Oh well. I guess I can't wait a few days ;)

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  7. Also . . . how do you pin something directly from your site? You don't seem to have that option below the post.

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    1. Aw, thanks! :) I just use the Pin It button on my bookmarks bar, but I guess I really should add a handy dandy button on individual pages. :)

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  8. Oh yes, I agree with Liz--I can't do straight avocado on toast, but I add a squeeze of lime and garlic salt and pepper. Or I like a dab of that spread in a breakfast burrito. Ooh, maybe try toast + avocado spread + poached/fried/scrambled egg? I feel like eggs always make things amazing.

    But I'm getting sidetracked--this bread looks absolutely mouthwatering! I want this like, right now. Pinning to make! And omg that photo of the butter melting on the bread? SO GORGEOUS!

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  9. I like to top my avocado toast with sea salt and a little drizzle of honey. It balances out the creaminess - I think. :)

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  10. I love avocado on toast topped with scrambled eggs - sounds weird, but tastes amazing :)

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  11. I do avocado on toast for breakfast a lot. I like it on English muffins, grilled country bread, whole wheat with a nice chewy crust...I think getting some crunch on the bread contrasts the creamy avocado. Like others, I do a little squeeze of lemon or lime, and a light sprinkle of sea salt. Sometimes I add a little paprika, sometimes a dash of hot sauce. I don't butter the bread - half the point for me is that the avocado isn't butter. If I'm feeling decadent, I spread a little goat cheese on the toast first or sprinkle a little crumbled feta on top.

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  12. I like a thin slice of Cotswold cheese right out of the toaster so it sweats a little. Then I mash half an avocado. Divine!

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  13. I have avocado on toast, with homemade tomato ketchup spread underneath and a poached egg on top.

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  14. I love avocado and sweet chili sauce!

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  15. I LOVE avocado, but not on bread - I want it with my corn tortillas! As for fresh bread, I will take raspberry, strawberry or apricot jam any day! Marmalade is good too!

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  16. Just baked a loaf of this last night and... WOW! Some of the best bread I have ever made! Thanks so much for this recipe (my first time on your blog!), I am so glad that I tried it. Got up early this morning and had some toast. I predict the loaf will be gone by the time I get home from work today...

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  17. Avocado, tomatoes and balsamico vinegar, salted and peppered, work really well on bread :-) Really like your blog, by the way.

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