Hye Thyme Cafe: Molasses Oatmeal Bread

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e Thyme Cafe. Although not all of my recipes are Armenian, the name is a little nod to my Armenian grandmother who is no longer with us. The Hye refers to all things related to her homeland, and she represents all things food-related to me, so the two just seemed to go together. I can't even claim that my Armenian recipes are truly Armenian, since Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, and even Egypt share so many foods that they've all sort of morphed into one over thousands of years.

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Molasses Oatmeal Bread

Molasses Oatmeal Bread : Hye Thyme Cafe

I baked this bread just to use for meatloaf sandwiches after trying a sample I have received from Healthy Solutions for their Savory Meatloaf. It smelled sooo good while baking, but of course just about any fresh baked bread makes the house smell awesome. It made for great sandwiches that first day, but it did turn out denser than what I was looking for, so I think I'll try reducing the molasses next time. That said, it was pretty fabulous toasted after that. Nice and crispy around the edges and chewy in the center - I cut thick slices for my toast.

2 c old fashioned oats (not quick)
2 t salt
1 T yeast
1 1/2 c warm water
1/2 c molasses
2 t vanilla
3 1/2 c bread flour

  1. Add the oats, salt, and yeast to the bowl of your stand mixer, or a large bowl
  2. Stir together the warm water, molasses, and vanilla, then combine with the oat mixture
  3. Add the flour, a little at a time, until incorporated
  4. Knead until the dough pulls into a shiny ball
  5. Remove from bowl, then oil or spray the bowl, put the dough back in, then cover and let rise until doubled, about an hour
  6. Spray or grease a loaf pan
  7. Punch down the dough, shape into a loaf and transfer to prepared loaf pan
  8. Sprinkle a handful of oats over the top if you like
  9. Cover and let rise again - 20 minutes or so should do it
  10. Bake at 350 for about an hour until golden and baked through

Combine oats, yeast, and salt
Combine molasses, warm water, and vanilla

Add wet mixture to oat mixture and knead until pulls into a ball
Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about an hour

Punch down dough and form into a loaf
Transfer to greased/sprayed loaf pan and sprinkle with oats

Cover and let rise about 20"

Bake at 350 for about and hour until golden and baked through

Molasses Oatmeal Bread : Hye Thyme Cafe
Molasses Oatmeal Bread : Hye Thyme Cafe

Molasses Oatmeal Bread : Hye Thyme Cafe

Oatmeal bread is great for leftover meatloaf sandwiches

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