I am a terrible baker. I mean really terrible. I mess-up no bake cookies. The man of my prayers loves to tease me about my abilities (and don’t even get him started on my confusion about garlic). However, I love to make our bread. It has taken me several trial and error attempts, but I finally found a bread that we absolutely love. To be honest, it’s the only bread that I make we will eat. The rest turn out like bricks …
Anyone Can Make It Homemade Bread
- 3-4 cups King Arthur Bread Flour (sometimes, I’ll do half whole wheat, but not always)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 Tablespoon active yeast
- 1 1/3 cup warm water
- 1 Tablespoon Flaxseed
- 1 teaspoon salt
Combine warm water, yeast, and honey in standing mixer bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes, or until bubbly. In the meantime, melt your coconut oil so it has time to cool a bit. Once your yeast is activated, add your (cooled) melted coconut oil. Mix well. Add oats, Flaxseed , salt and flour. Only add as much flour as you need to make a moist, non-sticky dough. Mix in your stand mixer on the knead setting (on mine that’s 4). Knead for 5-10 minutes. Remove from bowl. Knead by hand a few more minutes.
Place dough in a large, greased (with butter or coconut oil) bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled.
Punch down. Knead (on floured surface) for 5 minutes by hand. You want to get all the air bubbles out. Divide the dough in half. Shape each into a bread log. Place in 2 greased (with butter or coconut oil) bread pans. Cover and let rise until doubled. I like to wait until it’s about half an inch above my pan (it will rise more in oven). This takes at least an hour in a warm kitchen.
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Bake bread for 30-45 minutes. Your bread should be fully browned on all sides. Let the bread rest for 10 minutes before turning out onto your cooling rack.
Yields: 2 loaves of yummy bread
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