I LOVED this bread. It was probably one of the best loaves I have ever made. It made the best french toast, not to mention quite an awesome grilled cheese. I will definitely be making this again in the very near future. I found this recipe via foodgawker at Clockwork Lemon. Even if you are new to bread baking, you can make this bread. I would recommend using a mixer, as this dough can be quite sticky, but if you don’t have one you can still make it and hand knead. You will need to incorporate a bit more flour than you would with a mixer+dough hook, but the bread will still come out fabulous.
Start by proofing your yeast. For you beginners out there, that means basically that your yeast has to prove it is still alive. That it still has what it needs to give your bread the lift it deserves. Do that by placing 2 tsp of yeast and 1/3 cup of warm (NOT HOT!) water into a small bowl, stirring, and setting aside.
While you do that, mix 1 cup of boiling water with 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats. Mix it up and let it sit while your yeast proofs.
After your yeast is proofed and your oats are soft, mix 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk, 1/2 cup canola oil, and 1/2 cup brown sugar together. Also get together 2.5 cups of bread flour, and 2.5 cups of whole wheat flour.
Toss all of this into your mixer with the dough hook attached, and let it do it’s thing. Let it run until the mixture is fully combined, or about 2 minutes. When it has combined the ingredients, let the dough rest for 20 minutes inside the mixer. Come back, add 1 Tablespoon of salt, and turn the mixer on again, on medium speed, and let knead for an additional 15 minutes. Turn out into a well oiled bowl, and turn to coat.
The original recipe stated that the dough would be SUPER sticky. Mine wasn’t. I used the same total ratio of flour, but used more whole wheat which absorbs more liquid than bread flour does, so I think that is why. Either way, my non-sticky, smooth dough turned out amazing.
So, cover your dough and let it rise until it is doubled in a warm, draft-free place. The inside of the oven can be a great place for this. I have a gas oven, and often times to rise bread I will turn on the oven, let it light, then immediately turn it off again. It gives a bit of warmth inside the oven without making it TOO warm.
See the indentation on the dough below? That’s a good indication of a good rise. You want the poke to stay there.
Once it has risen, split the dough in half and place it on a lightly floured surface. Flatted it out a bit into a rectangle shape, and then roll it out to about 1/2 an inch in thickness.
It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you want it to be a little shorter than your loaf pan when you fold it in thirds, like shown below.
After it is folded, roll it up, jelly roll style.
Pinch the sides closed by pushing in the middle twirl with your fingers, and the pulling the outsides together and sealing.
Place in your prepped loaf pan (I sprayed mine with cooking spray lightly).
Lightly brush the top with water, and then sprinkle with more oats.
Let these rise for about 30 minutes to an hour. They will come up out of the pan quite a bit. The picture below is about 20 minutes before I felt they were risen enough. They came up another 1/2 inch or so.
Put the loaves into a preheated 375℉ oven. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until the tops are brown and the internal temperature of the bread is between 190-200℉ degrees. If the bread looks to be getting too browned and it is only 190℉, pull it. If you think it can last a while longer before getting too dark, shoot for closer to 200℉. I was amazed how high these loaves got! So pretty!
Let it cool for 10 minutes in the pan, and then turn out to cool on a wrack. Store in a plastic bag on the counter. Best if eaten within 2 days, but you can freeze this as well!