Thursday, January 20, 2011

Maple Oatmeal Bread

I have been looking for a Maple Oatmeal bread recipe and found this one today. It was delicious. A VERY tender, light texture, and only a faint hint of maple. I think it would develop a stronger taste on the second day, but we have to try it fresh out of the oven.
A perfect recipe to try on one of these cold winter days! If you try it, let me know your thoughts!

Maple Oatmeal Bread

3/4 cup boiling water
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup hot brewed coffee
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons salt
2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup sugar
5-1/2 to 6 cups bread flour
In a large bowl, pour boiling water over cereal. Add the coffee, syrup, oil and salt. Let stand until mixture cools to 110°-115°, stirring occasionally.
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the oat mixture, eggs, sugar and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape into loaves. Place in two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).

*** I always butter the tops of my loaves.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 129 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 152 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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