I am waiting patiently for my new KitchenAid mixer to arrive. In the meantime, I haven't stopped making bread. Today, I stirred up Rose Beranbaum's Golden Honey Oat Bread. A simpler writeup of the same recipe may be found under the name Honey Oatmeal Flax Bread, but it's the same recipe. I threw a lump of old sourdough starter in just for the heck of it. What can it hurt? I found the dough to be too stiff even though I weighed everything so I added about 2 T. water. The other change was to use milk instead of water for the main liquid since I didn't find any milk powder in my pantry. Also painted whole egg on the outside and sprinkled with oatmeal.
The bread is fairly easy to make. I'm hoping it makes good sandwich bread. Following the recipe, I soaked the oatmeal and ground flax in hot milk for a while before making the dough. I think this helps the flavor and also really hydrates the oatmeal and flax. Otherwise, whole grain bread can become very dry.
Wow, the oven spring was amazing. The loaf nearly doubled in the oven. Here are the pics!
|Forgot to take a picture of my dough. This one's from Deena's website.|