Today is Secret Recipe Club reveal day.  This month it came upon me very fast and before I knew it we were upon the weekend before reveal day and it hit me I hadn’t done anything yet.  The story of my life.  I’m either too early or cutting it close.  There is a lot going on right now so it wasn’t hard for it to happen to me I guess.

 

This month I was paired with Margaret of Tea and Scones.  Margaret is another long-time blogger who I met through participating in other events like Tuesdays with Dorie, My Kitchen, My World, and Presto Pasta Nights!  We have a lot in common other than the fact that she lives in the south and I am from the north!  She loves shrimp and pasta and has several combinations of it on her blog – and I can promise I’ll be back and making them!

However, because we couldn’t be home over the weekend I fretted about what I was going to make.  I finally decided on the Maple Oatmeal Bread.  Kind of ironic because after the fact I was looking over her blog again some this morning and realized that she blogged the Italian bread I have on my blog!  lol  Definitely was not intentional.  My reasons for going with the bread were because we needed bread in the house and I figured homemade bread made with whole grains would be much healthier for Grumpy and me than a processed store bought loaf.  The only thing I did different was I used white whole wheat flour.  This is a delicious recipe and it is low in fat as well!  Grumpy will be taking his sandwiches made with this bread all week and will be better off for it!

I had a great time reading through Margaret’s blog – her blog may be titled Tea and Scones (because of her love of both!) but she definitely  has a lot of variety to share with us all and I’m sure there is something for everyone there!

 

Yield: 2 loaves

Maple Oatmeal Bread

Maple Oatmeal Bread
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water

  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 
3/4 cup maple syrup

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 tablespoon oil

  • 3 cups white whole wheat flour

  • 2 cups flour

Instructions

  1. Measure the water into a 4 cup measure and bring the water to a boil in the microwave (about 3 minutes on high). 
  2. Add oats and give a stir. Set aside to cool about one hour. Mix the yeast, syrup, salt, and oil into the oats. Mix in 3 cups of the flour.
  3. Cover the bowl and let rise for an hour. Add more flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough is the correct consistency. Knead for 10 minutes. Cut the dough into two pieces, then shape it into loaves and place in greased loaf pans.
  4. Cover and let rise another 45 minutes or put loaves in the refrigerator and let rise during the day while you're busy elsewhere like I did 🙂
  5. When ready to bake, preheat oven at 350 degrees. Spray tops of loaves lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with some whole oats.
  6. Bake at for 40 - 50 minutes.