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!
Maple Oatmeal Bread
- 2 ½ cups boiling water
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 package dry yeast
- ¾ cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 3 cups white whole wheat flour
- 2 cups flour
- Measure the water into a 4 cup measure and bring the water to a boil in the microwave (about 3 minutes on high).
- 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.
- Cover the bowl and let rise for an hour. Add more flour, ½ 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 or put loaves in the refrigerator and let rise during the day while you're busy elsewhere like I did 🙂
- When ready to bake, preheat oven at 350 degrees. Spray tops of loaves lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with some whole oats.
- Bake at for 40 - 50 minutes.