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Lovely wholemeal (whole wheat) oat bread.
Makes 1 standard-sized loaf.
Turn the oven on to 50-100 C. As soon as it is up to temperature turn it off and leave it to cool. I always find my bread rises much better in a warm, turned off oven.
In a large bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer, place the oats, boiling water, butter and brown sugar. Mix until combined and then leave to cool.
In another bowl, place the yeast, salt, granulated sugar and warm water and leave for 5 minutes, or until it is frothy.
Add the yeast mixture into the oats. Add in the flour and mix for around 6-10 minutes, until the dough no longer sticks to the edges of the bowl. If kneading by hand, knead until the dough is well formed, not sticky and it springs back when you spread it out.
Grease a large bowl, I usually use olive oil as it gives a lovely crunch and taste to the crust, but for this loaf I used vegetable oil as it doesn’t have such a strong taste. Place dough into the oiled bowl and cover with clingfilm. Place in the cooled, but warm oven, and leave to rise for 1 hour.
During rising time, grease a standard-sized loaf tin with butter. Flour the work surface and when the dough is done rising, place the dough on it. Knock the air out of the dough and then form a loaf shape.
Place dough in the loaf tin. Place a clean tea towel over the bread and leave for 30 minutes to proof. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
After 30 minutes, remove the tea towel and then place the loaf in the oven to bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Usually you tell bread is done by knocking on the top and listening for a hollow sound, but this bread was very soft so I just had to press down and poke a skewer through to make sure it was cooked.
Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn it out and leave to cool on a cooling rack.
I added 1/3 cup of brown sugar, but when I tasted the bread I thought this was too much. Base it on your personal preference. I don’t like sweet bread at all. It wasn’t incredibly sweet, but you could taste a bit of sugar and I prefer a blander bread. Next time I make this, as I loved the texture and the other flavours, I would probably halve the brown sugar amount.
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