First off…I’m back from a bit of maternity leave. I spent the past few months on modified bedrest, as I was pregnant with twin girls. I was not doing much cooking, and therefore, not much food writing either. A week ago we welcomed Elizabeth and Emily to our family. I look forward to being back in my kitchen (and my family will appreciate it as well).
The weather forecasts appear to have been accurate, and as scheduled, the snow has begun falling even a bit ahead of schedule. The best part about a blizzard is the opportunity to hole up at home with those nearest and dearest to you. Comfort food makes this hibernation all the more pleasant.
Some favorite blizzard foods that can be made in a pinch, with items you have either in the pantry or freezer include Beef Stew, Chili, and a hearty potato soup. A winter blizzard is also a great opportunity to get the bread machine out.
Today I’m going to share a recipe from my favorite Bread Machine cookbook, More Bread Machine Magic. This cookbook is required reading for anyone who owns a bread machine. All of the recipes have measurements for small, medium and large bread machines as well as tips to insure success with every loaf baked. I learned from experimenting with this book that many times the bread machine is best for preparing the dough, but the oven is the best place for baking most breads. I used to enjoy making bread by hand, but after having six children, time is at a premium, and the bread machine makes my bread dough fool proof!
I’m going to share the recipe for “Light Oatmeal Bread” a recipe that bakes up well in the rapid bake cycle of the bread machine,has no added fat, and includes hearty whole grain oats.
Light Oatmeal Bread
- 1 cup Old Fashioned rolled oats
- 1 1/2 to 1 5/8 cups water
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3 1/2 cups bread flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- Place all ingredients in bread pan, using the least amount of liquid listed in the recipe. Select medium crust setting and rapid bake cycle. press start.
- Observe the dough as it kneads. After 5-10 minutes, if it appears dry or stiff or if your machine sounds as if it is straining to knead it, add more liquid 1 tablespoon at a time until dough forms a smooth, soft, pliable dough that is slightly tacky to the touch.
- After the baking cycle ends, remove bread from pan, place on cake rack and allow to cool one hour before slicing.