When you are just so sick of eating your oatmeal in a bowl and @erin_martian has to come swoop in to save the day.
4 1/2 cups milk – simmered
2½ cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup oat bran
1/2 cup packed golden brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 Tablespoon instant yeast
6 to 7 cups bread flour
1 Tablespoon salt
Combine oats, oat bran, salt, brown sugar, and butter in a very large bowl. Add the hot milk and stir until combined. Let the mixture sit until about 80°F. Combine the yeast with 2 cups of the bread flour and stir into the oat mixture. Continue stirring in the flour one cup at a time until a soft dough forms. Transfer the dough to a well floured surface and knead for about 8 minutes. Cover the dough and let it rest for 1 hour or until doubled in size. The dough should be about 70 degrees F. Knead the dough again for about 2 minutes. Divide the dough into three equal portions and spray your bread pans. Form the three loaves into logs, and seam side down, place them into the bread pans. Brush loaves with water, sprinkle them with oats, and let rise for 1 hour. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or until golden brown and bottoms sound hollow if tapped. Remove from pans and let cool on a wire rack. Try to wait at least 40 minutes before cutting into a loaf. Store at room temperature or freeze.
Out of all these recipes this yeast-raised bread is my favorite one. A loaf of bread goes a long way. What does this mean? In my opinion there are so many things you can do with bread, and once you know how to make a simple oat loaf the options are endless! Give it as a gift, turn it into croutons, make your own bread crumbs, turn it into cinnamon, French, or garlic toast, use it as sandwich bread, turn it into bread pudding… anything at all! I doubled the recipe and froze one loaf to use in the future as bread pudding. For the oat bran simply put the quick oats you may have on hand in the food processor until it is a fine powder. This recipe has a few more steps, and takes a few hours to make… so make it on a day where you have a few hours set aside. In my opinion the hand kneading and the time and effort it takes offers a more satisfying and delicious outcome. Don’t forget to share this bread with neighbors, friends, and family!