The Barbers take their bread very seriously. Most weeks we snag a bag of Alid’s finest, which is perfect for making the kiddos a sandwich and our occasionally snacking – but we know that better is out there. I worked at Panera Bread for 11 years and if there’s one thing I learned from working there is that excellent bread takes time and work – but it’s also worth it. We don’t discriminate on types of bread, either – we enjoy potato focaccia, tomato basil bread, asiago cheese bread (check out our banana bread and our pumpkin banana bread) …. the list goes on.
Occasionally you come across a bread recipe that is simple, delicious and downright easy. This recipe is one of those.
It’s simple – the ingredient list is not long and the kneading instructions are a piece of cake (or, err. bread..). It’s delicious (it makes the best toast) and a very solid sandwich and when it’s all said and done, you’ll find yourself thinking “hmmm…. that really was not that hard” and I promise the results will be totally worth it!
One of things we like most about this recipe is that its kid approved. It’s not a dry as a whole grain bread (some, at least) but is has the numerous benefits of oats –> high in fiber, high in anti-oxidants and provide many vitamins and minerals. Our boys love this bread and don’t realize that they are getting both a delicious meal and a dollop of nutrition, too!
We hope this recipe treats your family as well as it has ours and inspires you to continue to try new things!
White Oat Loaf
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup instant oats
- 3 tbsp butter melted
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 tsp brown sugar
- 5 tsp honey
- 2 tsp instant yeast
- 1 1/4 cups skim milk lukewarm
- 1 egg white
- 1 tbsp cold water
- 2 tbsp instant oats
- In a mixer, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine all ingredients together for 4-7 minutes. It's done when you can press into it with your finger and it spring's back into place.
- Lightly grease a bowl and place the dough in it, covering and allow it to rise for one hour in a warm place.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and fold it over itself 5 times. Then, roll the dough into a log shape, roughly 9 inches long. When placed in your greased bread pan (9 by 5), it should fit perfectly. Cover it with greased plastic wrap and allow it to rise in the pan for another 1 1/2 hours.
- While it's almost done rising, preheat the oven to 350°.
- Beat the egg white and water togther. Using a basting brush, paint the top of the loaf with the liquid until it is completely covered.
- Sprinkle the oats all over the bread.
Baking the bread
- Place the loaf in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.
- A loaf of bread is done once it hits 190° internally, so if you're like me and think that looks can be deceiving, you can temp it to be sure!
- Once cooked, pop it out of the pan and allow it to cool on a cooling rack.