The Best Homemade Honey Oat Bread

This recipe is from Jana Tolman over at mycookingspot.com. This is by far the best homemade bread I've ever had and it ALWAYS turns out perfect. It has nice, mildly sweet flavor, light crust, and is perfectly moist. One great way to limit your waste (and limit the artificial ingredients and additives in your diet) is by making your own bread. The added bonus is that your house smells amazing when you make your own bread. Try this recipe out and let me know what you think!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup rolled oats, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 2¼ teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup honey, plus extra, warmed honey for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Add the flours, oats, yeast, and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large bowl.
  2. Warm the milk and the water in the microwave until comfortably warm–about 30-45 seconds. Add the milk/water mixture, butter, and honey to the bowl.
  3. Turn the mixer on low speed and knead until a rough ball forms. Then turn the mixer to medium speed and knead for 7-10 minutes, or until dough is smooth, elastic, and slightly tacky. If mixing by hand, mix in the bowl until a rough dough forms. Turn out onto a well floured surface and knead until the dough is no longer sticky, but smooth and slightly tacky.
  4. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let rest in a warm place for 30-60 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  5. Turn out on to the counter and stretch into a 9x13" rectangle. Roll up and place into a greased or parchment lined loaf pan, tucking the ends of the roll under itself to fit in the pan.
  6. Cover and let rest for 45 minutes.
  7. Once rested, slather warmed honey over the top and sprinkle with oats.
  8. Add a second, empty loaf pan to bottom rack of the oven and preheat oven to 350º F. Once preheated, add 1/4 cup of water to the empty loaf pan, then place the bread in the oven on the upper rack. This will create steam in the oven–essential for a perfect crust.
  9. Bake the bread for 40-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
  10. Remove to a rack to cool.