I'm a carboholic

Hello my name is Stephanie... and yes, I am a carboholic. Really now, how do you say no to a nice hot, right of the oven, slice of bread??? I'd like to see you try!!

This is the recipe I mentioned last week that I saw and made all in the same day. Full day of work, hour long spinning class with Brian the beast (seriously he's insane, I LOVE the class, and if he catches you talking to your neighbor he starts yelling about how if you have enough energy to talk... you aint working hard enough... ahh Brian love it), then it was home to make this bread... it just sounded so good! I couldn't resist.


I have one of the big kitchen aids, the 5 quart "heavy duty" kind... and this recipe made it jump around a bit... it's a BEAST of a ball of dough.


I mean look at it once it was done, it's about to jump ship!!

The recipe comes from Sugarlaws and there were a few questions I had while following her recipe... my comments in red italics.

mmmmm Perfect hot out of the oven, or toasted with a little butter the next day. This bread has a dense but not too heavy crumb. Even my boss who normally shys away from my healthy cooking I bring in liked it :)


Oatmeal Wheat Bread
recipe from Sugarlaws

3 cups whole wheat flour
3 cups bread flour
2 cups warm water (i'm assuming you use 1/4 cup for the proof and then the remaining 1 3/4 for the actual dough part....)
1 packet yeast (2 1/4 tsp if you are using a jar of yeast, or 1 cake fresh yeast)
1/2 cup instant oats, plus additional oatmeal for sprinkling on the loaf (I used whole oats instead of instant)
1/2 cup water (use this to make the oatmeal... I used a little more eyeballing it)
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt (I used 1.5 tsp)

Proof the yeast in 1/4 cup of water (I warmed the water to 110 degrees first) with 1 tsp of sugar. At the same time, microwave the oatmeal grains and water until oatmeal has absorbed the water, about 30 seconds to 1 minute (since I used whole rolled oats, I microwaved mine with a little more water for 3 minutes). When the yeast and water turns milky/creamy, mix it with the flour, the oatmeal, the rest of the water and salt and knead for about 10 minutes (took less time with the kitchen aid). If dough is too sticky, add a little bit of flour to make it easier to knead. Place the dough in a greased bowl and allow it to rise for 90 minutes, or until doubled in size. Punch down the dough, knead it again briefly, and place it in a greased pan for baking (she didn't mention what size pan, I used a normal size loaf pan and then a smaller loaf pan since there was too much for one loaf).

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees, and allow the dough to rise for an additional 45 minutes, or until it rises to the size you want. Sprinkle some additional oats on the top of the loaf. Bake for 25 minutes, allow to cool, and slice.


Can't you just smell the yeast proofing? Question for you. Do you LIKE or DISLIKE the smell of proofing yeast? I love it!! Which is ironic in a way since it reminds me of beer and I'm not a huge beer fan...


18 chews:

Mags said...

First of all, let me just say that I'm way jealous of your heavy-duty Kitchen Aid. Mine is the smaller one and it really struggles with bread recipes.

This bread looks totally delicious and I'm loving that you combined oats and whole wheat. I'm definitely trying this!

Anne said...

Yum, that bread looks delicious! Homemade bread is always fantastic, and I love that it has oats in it. Thanks for the recipe!

wow looks fab, fresh bread can't beat it Rebecca

That bread looks so wonderful, bet it is just so good, right from the oven!

foodnerd said...

Steph that bread looks SO GOOD! I'm a little bit of a wuss when it comes to making bread. I've only done the no-knead bread, but kind of got scared off the traditional process after producing a brick-like loaf a few years ago ;) This recipe might be the one to coax me back into bread making though!

-Cait

Oh I'm a carb-o-holic too. Should we start some kind of support group? lol. That breads sounds awesome.

And what's with crazy spinning teachers? Mine screams at us if she sees us chatting too. I always tell her I'm a mother- which means I'm great at multi-tasking!

Astra Libris said...

Oh my goodness, I'm in love with your bread! :-) I'm so a carbaholic, and especially a homemade bread-aholic... :-) Your bread (and your kitchenaid) are SO gorgeous! The smell of proofing yeast is one of my favorite smells in the world... I'm glad I'm not the only one! :-)

We think carbs are good for you. They make you feel good, so they must be good for you, right? :)

stephchows said...

mags- it was a gift from my parents!! my dad found it on crazy sale for the same price as the smaller one so it was a total bonus!

Anne- you should totally give it a try, it will take some time to make so it can keep you busy during your time off!

chow and chatter and 5 star foodie- happy you both think it looks tasty!

foodnerd- you can totally do it! I think everyone has had a brick bread happen to them. this one was easy though I say go for it!

Sara - maybe we should start a club! but only if we all have to bring home made bread to the meetings haha

Asta Libris- I'd bake bread every night just for the smell, but I'd be a good 20 lbs heavier if I did LOL!

Duo dishes- you both totally know what you are talking about! I agree!

Reeni♥ said...

I like the smell!! And I love oatmeal bread - this turned out great!

Katie said...

I LOVE the smell of proofing yeast. When I was little, I used to make my Mom give me some bread dough before it was baked, because I love that yeasty taste so much. Ironically, I can't really stand beer.

Meg said...

I am definitely a carboholic too! This bread looks incredible!

Ann said...

I'm also right there with you! Love the smell, don't like beer. I wish I liked beer b/c it would be so fun to do beer tastings and stuff. I keep trying it. Ugh. The bread looks delicious. I really want a breadmaker though!

Sara said...

I love carbs too! This bread looks great. I just made three loaves of wheat bread over the weekend.

Cucinista said...

I have a love/guilt relationship with bread, but I figure that if I'm making it, I'm doing enough work to deserve to eat it. At least that's my story (and I'm sticking to it).

Sara said...

I love carbs too! This bread looks great. I just made three loaves of wheat bread over the weekend.

Meg said...

I am definitely a carboholic too! This bread looks incredible!

Astra Libris said...

Oh my goodness, I'm in love with your bread! :-) I'm so a carbaholic, and especially a homemade bread-aholic... :-) Your bread (and your kitchenaid) are SO gorgeous! The smell of proofing yeast is one of my favorite smells in the world... I'm glad I'm not the only one! :-)

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