So we’re one month into a new year, this is about the time that resolutions begin to fall by the wayside. You break up with your personal trainer at the gym, yoga pants are worn to clean the house, the steamed kale-tofu-beet salad made for your work lunch is accidentally (on purpose) forgotten in the fridge, and swapped out for a pepperoni pizza. Instead of abandoning resolutions altogether – why don’t we try to make small changes such as getting off the sofa to change the channel on the TV instead of using the remote or making this oatmeal bread. Okay, so I was kidding about not using the remote – but really, make this bread – it’s delicious and it’s good for you!
- 1 cup uncooked oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups boiling water
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 package active dry yeast – 2 1/4 teaspoons
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
- 4 cups flour
- flour for kneading
- vegetable oil spray
1. Put oatmeal and salt in a large bowl, stir in boiling water, and let cool.
2. Pour the 1/4 cup warm water into a small bowl, add yeast and stir to dissolve. Let stand for 5 to 7 minutes, then pour into oatmeal mixture. Stir in the molasses and oil.
3. Add the flour, one cup at a time, and mix after each addition. Dough shouldn’t be too sticky or dry. If it’s sticky to the touch, add a bit more flour.
4. Lightly flour a flat surface, and knead dough until it’s smooth with the heel of your hand – about 5 minutes. Spray a large bowl with vegetable oil spray, and turn the dough to coat all sides. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and let rise in a warm place until dough has doubled in size – about 1 hour.
5. Punch down the dough and shape into a loaf. Spray a 9″ x 5″ x 3″ loaf pan with vegetable oil spray. Ease dough into pan, cover with tea towel and let rise in a warm place for about an hour until it doubles in size.
6. Preheat oven to 375º. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Remove bread from pan and let cool on a wire rack.