This bread is from Laurel Robertson's 'The Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book'. The basic recipe (Oatmeal Bread) has instructions to use steel cut oats or rolled oats. I had made the steel-cut oats version in the past and liked it, so I tried the rolled oats version this time. There are two variations to the basic recipe: walnut-oatmeal and sunflower (seed)-oatmeal. I made the walnut-oatmeal version this time but I will definitely the sunflower seed version soon.
The oatmeal is cooked well (with some salt) and set aside for several hours or overnight. Mixed into it is honey and oil. Yeast is mixed in warm water (in the measuring cup in the picture). The flour is all whole wheat flour.
|Stiff dough when ingredients are brought together|
The recipe says: "Even if the dough seems very stiff, don't add more water just yet: the flour will absorb water from the oatmeal very slowly, so the dough softens as you work". I let it sit for 5 minutes before the 10 minutes of kneading and sure enough, it came together very well.
|2:35 pm: Ready for first rise|
|3:36 pm: First rise is done|
|3:39 pm: Ready for second rise|
|4:29 pm: Second rise is done|
The walnuts, lightly toasted and chopped fine, are added before shaping.
|Walnuts spread onto the dough|
|Actually I am not sure how I got from the earlier picture to this stage.|
|4:50 pm: Ready for proofing|
|5:34 pm: Ready for the oven|
|A decent loaf|
|Decent crumb with a distinct ring of walnuts under the crust that would fall apart a bit.|
I like oatmeal and I like walnuts, and this bread didn't disappoint. I had most of it with almond butter.
Date: Aug 21, 2011
Recipe: Walnut-Oatmeal Bread from Laurel Robertson's book, 'The Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book'
Flours: Whole wheat, cooked rolled oats
Bread specific ingredients: Walnuts (toasted and chopped fine)
Sweetener used: Honey
Comments: It's been fairly long since this bread found it's way to our stomachs and I don't remember what I might have wanted to write here about the experience. I guess the lesson to learn is to post more promptly.