There is nothing better than the smell of bread baking in the oven, especially with a little hint of cinnamon. And even though this recipe is pretty time consuming to make, I love being able to make my own bread from scratch. Yum!
I don’t have a stand mixer with a bread hook so I make this bread by hand. I’ve included directions for making it by hand as well as with a mixer so no matter what you have, you can make it. Here’s what you need:
1/2 c. warm water
3-.25 oz packages active dry yeast
1/4 c. bread flour
1 Tbsp. white sugar
2 c. whole wheat flour
2 c. quick oats
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
4 1/2 c. warm water
1 1/2 Tbsp. salt
2/3 c. brown sugar
2/3 c. vegetable oil
10 c. bread flour
1 whole egg
2 tablespoons water
1. Stand mixer: In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together 1/2 c. warm water, yeast, 1/4 c. bread flour, and 1 Tbsp. white sugar. Let it grow for 5 minutes (it will bubble).
Hand mixing: Follow the same instructions as above using a large bowl.
2. Add wheat flour, oats, cinnamon, 4 1/2 c. warm water, salt, brown sugar, and vegetable oil to bowl.
3. Stand mixer: Mix on low with a dough hook for 2 minutes. Increase speed slightly, adding bread dough 1 cup at a time until dough pulls away from sides.
Hand mixing: Use a wooden spoon or spatula and mix for 2-3 minutes. Continue mixing, adding bread dough 1 cup at a time. (By the 7th cup, it will become pretty hard to mix.) After all bread dough is added, remove dough from bowl and knead on a floured surface for 5 minutes.
4. Place dough in an oiled bowl, turn to coat the surface of the bread. Cover with a damp cloth and let the bread rise for 1 hour or until dough has doubled. Punch down bread.
5. Divide dough into 3 pieces, shape loaves, and place in greased 9 x 5 loaf pans.
6. Let dough rise again for an hour. (I punch down the bread a second time for a more dense bread.)
7. Whisk together egg and water. With a pastry brush, brush the tops of the loaves with the egg wash. Sprinkle oats on top.
8. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes in the center rack allowing room to rise. Bake until tops are browned. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
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