After mulling around what I wanted to prepare for this post, I decided on Irish Oat and Whole Wheat Bread. I love grain inclusions in a hearty loaf of bread . Irish Oats (also known as Steel Cut or Pinhead Oats) have great texture that can be used for sandwiches or toast.
Oats are a great ingredient because they have many health benefits.
The Whole Grains Council (check out their website for complete details) has done a great job outlining key research that shows the positive effects of oats including:
- may reduce asthma risk in children
- may boost nutrition profile in gluten free diets
- increase appetite control hormones
- may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes
- may increase insulin sensitivity
To this I say, "Pass the oats, please!" They are a hearty (pun intended), delicious and nutritious grain choice!
Baking at home is not difficult, but it is time consuming. Making homemade bread is well worth the time and energy (I use a stand mixer with dough hook to do all the work for me, no need to knead!). Few things smell better than the aroma of bread baking. And few things taste better bread fresh out of the oven.
IRISH OAT AND WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
- 1 1/2 cups Irish oats (steel cut oats)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 4 1/2 teaspoons (2 packets) instant dry yeast
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons old fashioned rolled oats
- Combine Irish oats, water and salt in medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Cover and remove from heat. Allow to sit 30 minutes.
- Combine warm water, yeast and molasses. Allow yeast to dissolve, 10-15 minutes. (This mixture will be extra-frothy. Make sure you use large enough container.)
- Combine softened oats, yeast, whole wheat flour, flour and butter. Mix on low speed of stand mixer with dough hook until just combined. Mixed on medium-low speed 5 minutes. Dough will be very 'dense' due to whole wheat flour and oats (it will not be as elastic as a dough made with only white wheat flour).
- Place dough in greased bowl and allow to double in size, approximately 1 hour.
- Divide in half and roll each half into 8" x 16" rectangle. Roll the rectangle from the short end and place in 9 x 5-inch bread pan, seam side down.
- Allow to rise again until double in size, approximately 45 minutes.
- Brush with egg white and garnish with old fashioned rolled oats.
- Bake at 350 F for 40 - 50 minutes, until evenly browned.
Take a look at all the Oatmeal Bread themed #BreadBakers for July. I'm really impressed with the array of different breads using oats as an ingredient!
- Agave Oatmeal Sour Dough Bread from My Catholic Kitchen
- Applesauce Oatmeal Bread from Hostess at Heart
- Banana Oatmeal Loaf from Basic N Delicious
- Blueberry Currant Oatmeal Bread from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
- Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Bread from Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Honey Oatmeal Bread from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Honey-Oatmeal Muffins from A Baker's House
- Honey Oats Bread Loaf from Gayathri's Cook Spot
- Honey Nut Oatmeal Waffles from Magnolia Days
- Honey Wheat Oat Bread from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Irish Oat and Whole Wheat Bread from Cali's Cuisine
- Lemon Blueberry Oat Bread from Kids & Chic
- Multigrain Twist Bread from What Smells So Good?
- Oat Breadsticks from Passion Kneaded
- Oatmeal and Whole Wheat Rolls from Sneha's Recipe
- Oatmeal Buttermilk Bread from Ruchik Randhap
- Oatmeal Porridge Sandwich Loaf from Bakers and Best
- Oatmeal Stout Loaf from Food Lust People Love
- Oat & Honey Bread from La Cocina de Aisha
- Oats and Millet Idli from Spice Roots
- Oats Bread with Maple and Walnut by Cook's Hideout
- Oats Garlic Kulcha from SimplyVeggies
- Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips Oatmeal Scones from G'Gina's Kitchenette
- Rolled Oat Sourdough Boule from A Shaggy Dough Story
- Savory Oats Scones from Sara's Tasty Buds
- Triple Seeded Oat Bread from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Whole Wheat Honey Oatmeal Bread from Spill the Spices
#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to firstname.lastname@example.org.