I have been overdosing on the date bars lately and when I sliced up a thick slice of my white bread earlier today to toast I thought that maybe, just this one time, I should try to eat something slightly more healthful like something with some whole wheat and oats and honey... sort of like the date squares!!
I felt like something dense, on the edge of stodgy, grainy and healthy tasting with honey and oats and I wanted to be able to toast it and eat it fresh and slather it in butter. FOUND IT!
Tracy's Whole Wheat Oatmeal Quick Bread
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oatmeal (quick or old or whatever you have)
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp yeast
2 Tbsp honey
12 oz warm water
Mix honey and yeast in warm water and let proof a moment while you
Mix flours, oatmeal, salt in bowl of kitchenaid
Combing wet into dry and mix with paddle attachment for a few minutes until it becomes slightly more cohesive, you'll see when you do it.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan (prepare it by brushing with butter) and put aside to rest, covered for about 45 minutes, it should just rise to slightly higher than the pan.
Bake 350 for 45 minutes. Remove to rack immediately to cool a bit.
Slice, eat, slice, eat, slice, eat
LONG winded, comment and picture heavy, instructions:
I have no play by plays for the mixing, but really I intend on making this again in the week to freeze and I will add more pics then. I have a few when it came out of the oven... here we go:
Straight out of the oven, it's brown and not too heavy, it deflated a bit when it sat but not much. It didn't rise too much after the proofing before it went into the oven, that's fine, it's a quick bread so I wasn't too concerned.
The crumb isn't damp or sticky, it's light and flavorful! You can REALLY taste the honey! I may have put a bit much in but I like it. I buy local honey at a local business and it's so very evident in this bread. The crumb on the outside is light and like any loaf. Yes, I slathered the butter on, c'mon, healthy bread cries out for butter... it's unsalted which satisfies my 'health' requirement.
More of the same shots. I like this bread. I like it a lot.
Grab a pan and a bowl and go make this, it's quick, easy and exactly what you feel like.