Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Lunchbox Bread

This is one of the few breads I can send to school without receiving
the comment, "Why can't you buy bread from the store like other moms?"
Makes 2 8"x4" Loaves

1 c boiling water
1 1/4 c oats
1/2 c brown sugar
3 T unsalted butter
1  T salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp maple flavoring
1 c warm water, 110 deg F
1 T yeast
1 c warmed, 110  deg F
2 c whole wheat flour
1 c whole wheat white flour
2 c all purpose flour

In a mixer bowl, pour 1 c boiling water over oats through maple flavoring.  Stir and let sit 30 minutes.  In a smaller bowl, combine warm water and yeast.  Let sit 5 minutes.  Dump yeast water and warm milk in the mixer bowl.  Add flours.  With the mixer's bread hook, mix on low 5 to 8 minutes.  Bread should almost pull away from the side of the bowl.  If it appears too moist, add a little extra all purpose flour.  I use a spatula to loosen dough from the edge, spray with cooking spray and shift dough around to surround with a light coat of oil.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise at least one hour.  Divide dough in half and place in bread pans.  Let rise 45 minutes.  Bake for 35 minutes at 350F.  Let cool for about 5 minutes in pans.  Place on cooling racks to cool completely.  This is a real kid-friendly PB&J bread.

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