To Make Honey Oatmeal Bread:
In a large mixer bowl, combine
2 cups boiling (or just very hot) water
1 cut oats
1/2 cup honey
2 T butter
2 tsp salt
Mix until combined and allow to sit for 1 hour.
To the oat mixture, add:
2 1/4 tsp (1 package) of yeast
4-6 cups flour (start with 4 and add more as needed)
optional: 2 eggs
Using the dough hook on your mixer knead the dough until smooth and elastic. This should take at least 5 minutes or more. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer, but you can easily do all this with a wooden spoon and your hands. Add more flour as need to make the dough smooth and not sticky.
Shape into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
After rising, punch down the dough and shape into 2 loaves. Cover and allow to rise for an additional 30 minutes.
While you are waiting for the final rise, preheat your oven to 375 F.
Carefully place the loaves into the center of your oven and bake for about 30-35 minutes or until they sound hollow when thumped.
That is all there is to it. Remove from pans and allow to cool on a rack for at least 10 minutes before cutting- but if you can’t wait that long it’s okay. Bread straight from the oven truly is best!
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