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Maple Oatmeal Bread

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I have a new favorite toasting bread...and it goes by the name of Maple Oatmeal.  The name is a bit misleading, though.  I mean sure...it has oats in it...it also has maple syrup in it...but it doesn't taste like oats OR maple syrup!  Pretty sneaky.  The loaf actually comes out soft, yet hearty...with a hint of sweetness.  It works great both as a sandwich loaf and for toasting.  I mean, I'm sure it would have been great for many other things, as well...it just didn't last long enough to figure that part out.  The recipe is enough to make two loaves.  I figured one would be good enough to last a few days, so I froze half of the dough. Um.  Shouldn't Have.  Took it out of the freezer the following day to let it thaw so that I could then let it rise at room temp. again the following day- and just in the nick of time!  As soon as the first loaf ran out, the second one was being pulled hot and fragrant from the oven.  This is a loaf...loaves...I will make again and again. 

Maple Oatmeal Bread
from Bernard Clayton's New Complete Book of Breads
Makes 2 loaves

2½ c. boiling water
1 c. rolled oats
2½ tsp. dry yeast
¾ c. maple syrup
2 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. oil
5 c. (bread) flour

Put the oats into a bowl. Pour the boiling water over the oats and set aside for an hour.

Mix the yeast, syrup, salt, and oil into the oats. Mix in 3 cups of the flour. 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. Cover and let rise another 45 minutes.

Bake at 350 for 40 - 50 minutes.
I let the loaf sit on a rack in the pan for about 5 minutes, then turned it out and let it cool the rest of the way most of the way until I was ready to slice it!
It was awesome slathered with Apricot Jam w/ Noyaux...but once I toasted it and spread it thickly with peanut butter and sprinkled it with ground flax seeds and wheat germ, there was no turning back!  I ate thick, toasted slices like this for breakfast, snack, and second-snack all day until no more remained!!!  Okay, other people in the house at the bread, too.  Just sayin'.


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44 comments

  1. Excellent bread! What kind of flour did you use? Just all purpose? Love the sweetness of the maple syrup.

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  3. Sorry Debbi...I usually note that and completely spaced it. I used bread flour this time =)

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  4. Este pan se ve inmenso, que ricura para tomar en rebanadas con un buen aceite queso.

    saludos

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  5. Hi girlie. I love making bread along with tortillas and I definitely will make that bread. I have to a really nice bread book and every page has a picture so one can see what the bread will look like when done. Send me a piece of bread, better yet, send me the whole loaf. hehe.
    Tee Hee. Take care, great looking bread.

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  6. Okay, I am going to tell you ahead of time that I know what I am going to say is sacriledge but I can't knead anymore. So, I have to use a bead machine to do the kneading of the bread. Broke both wrists 2 years ago and they never healed right and it HURTS to play with bread...so, I will have to work out the logistics of this here critter, but it sounds to yummy to pass up. Thanks for sharin'. The Olde Bagg

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  7. Okay Gloria...hope it makes it there while it's still fresh ;)

    Linda...I'm sorry...that's a complete bummer! But yes, a bread machine...or mixer w/ dough hook...or even a food processor would probably take the place of your wrists with good results!!

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  8. Heather, what a wonderful sounding bread. I love the pic with the apricot jam. OMG, does that ever look good! I just love bread and this one sounds amazing!! I wish I could have a piece for my breakfast tomorrow.

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  9. I love homemade bread, and this is one of my favorites! Working with yeast is addictive. =)

    I'll definitely be whipping up a loaf or two of this one morning very soon.

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  10. I know how good these are- I baked some too! Yours are beautiful, especially with that jam!

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  11. Gosh that looks good!!!! I try to make bread every week or so and that might be this week's type!

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  12. This is going straight on my bread to make immediately list! I've been craving a good PB+J recently...

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  13. This looks simply divine! it's finally cooling off here so I'll be able to bake some bread again YAY! Can't wait to try this :)

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  14. I love the color of that crust and you can just see that gorgeous texture!

    Yum!

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  15. I haven't baked any breads much more a loaf bread... I think I need to remedy that.

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  16. Gorgeous bread--it does look just perfect for peanut butter. ;-)

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  17. I do not think I have eaten something like this before, this does however look very interesting. I can just imagine that great smell of the maple syrup when that oven door is first opened.

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  18. I just love that first slice of freshly baked bread :)

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  19. Oat bread is one of my absolute favorites. This one looks like it had a nice crumb too.

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  20. Whew, girly, you are one talented bread baker! This is a great recipe for those of us who love baking bread at home. Beautiful!

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  21. That is one gorgeous loaf of bread! I'd love a slice with some strawberry jam and butter....mmmmm

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  22. Such a fantastic and perfect loaf! I wish to have that for breakfast....

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  23. Homemade bread is my favorite. Yours looks so good; I can almost smell the freshness..looks so perfect n professional!!

    US Masala

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  24. Oh if I could only eat bread these days- this would be my bread of choice...

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  25. My mom used to make oatmeal bread and I loved it, especially when topped with a smear of apple butter!

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  26. Thanks for this - I'm always loking for new bread recipes and I've never heard of this combo. will defnitely try it!
    Robynx

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  27. mmmm, oatmeal is so good in bread, it gives it such a great softness. love this!

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  28. I love bread with oats in it! Your recipe sounds fantastic. I'll definitely be giving it a try!

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  29. Nutritious healthy loaf and you make it seem to easy to bake it.

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  30. Is that freshly baked bread I can smell all the way up here in Canada:D

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  31. This bread looks amazing. I will try this recipe. The smell of bread baking makes me happy all day. Thanks.

    Plan B

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  32. Oooh, I like this. I've made healthy maple oat muffins and they were awesome.

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  33. Hmm, toasted with butter and then PB drizzled with some honey - oh yeah chica I am so there!

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  34. ooh I love the maple syrup in your beautiful bread! I really need a loaf of this for school lunches this week!

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  35. A gorgeous bread loaf - looks super soft and delicious!

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  36. This is a keeper... cut, pasted and printed! I can't wait to try now that my boys are in school again:) Sounds like a real lunch box treat!

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  37. Whoa! WHY do i EVEN visit your site when I am hungry? I have no freaking clue! This bread looks divine. Next week I am gonna try it because I want to get a good sandwich go to loaf. Hugs! Alex@amoderatelife

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  38. This looks like the greatest thing since...um...sliced bread!

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  39. Sounds like a perfect weekend bread! Tasty!

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  40. OK... this is my first time making bread. A couple of questions... Did you disolve the yeast first?.. Or just add it in with the maple syrup, etc? It seems mine didn't rise quite right... so maybe I did it wrong?

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  41. I did not dissolve it first in this particular recipe...just added it in with the syrup, salt and oil. Did you have everything at room temperature when you added it? Sometimes, if it isn't warm enough, it won't rise as quickly. (Although, if it's too warm, it'll kill the yeasties). Did you see a noticeable rise in the first hour? I usually let it double even if it takes just a bit longer. Or did it not rise as much in the pans? The pans I used were pretty narrow, so it gave them less room to expand out and sort of forced them upwards. Feel free to email me anytime if you have any questions, also!! girlichef at yahoo dot com

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