Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Steel Cut Oat Bread ~ Honey and a Dab of Ginger
Yesterday I made 2 loaves of homemade Steel Cut Oat Bread. This was a first time recipe for me. I have never used steel cut oats in a homemade bread before.
This is another "from pile to file" recipe....
It's a denser bread, and wonderful for toast. It will make it to school better than softer breads too.
I have not been baking my bread from scratch here, and after I reading up on GMO's in our so-called food, I read the label on our the bread I had bought. Yuck.
Organic bread is about $4/loaf here, so I purchased new yeast, and restocked my flour. I of course, typically keep honey on hand.
We live in a world of convenience. Buying bread is easier. However, the ingredients are scary. I'll admit, I was a "buyer" recently. I am now starting to get back to baking our bread at home. It's not that time consuming to make it either. You can let it rise while you work on other things (or rest or play). I find kneading the bread is very therapeutic and relaxing.
Steel Cut Oat Bread
2 cups steel cut oats (we use a non-gmo brand)
1/4 cup raw honey
2 Tbsp. Organic butter
1 Tbsp. Salt
2 cups Boiling water
Mix the above ingredients in a large mixing bowl, by pouring the boiling water over the other ingredients. Allow the mixture to cool.
1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp. raw honey
1 Tbsp. dry active yeast
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
When the oat mixture is about cooled, prepare 1/2 cup water (110°F) with 1 tsp. honey, 1 Tbsp. dry active yeast, and 1/4 tsp. ground ginger. Allow to dissolve.
5-6 cups flour
When the yeast is ready, add 1 cup of the flour, and yeast mixture to the cooled oat mixture. Gradually add up to a total of 5-6 cups of flour. I used my bread attachment on my mixer to mix my dough.
I used 5 cups of flour for my bread. Place dough on floured pastry cloth (or board) and let rest for about 10 minutes.
Knead the dough. Shape into a round ball and place in an oiled bowl. Cover with a damp cloth, in a warm area, and allow to rise (1-2 hours).
Punch the dough down, and split into two even amounts. Shape into loaves and place in buttered loaf pans. This is a great way to recycle those organic butter wrappers (if you buy your butter).
Let the dough rise again for 1 hour in the buttered pans.
Bake at 400°F (preheated) for 30-40 minutes. My bread baked in about 35 minutes, so keep an eye on it.
Cool the bread completely, on cooling racks, before slicing.