Friday, February 21, 2014

Machine Honey and Oat Bread

Machine Honey and Oat Bread 
1 cup warm water (30-40C)
1 large egg, beaten
2 Tablespoons butter or hard margarine, softened
2 Tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup oats
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 teaspoons yeast
Place all ingredients in bread machine pan in order given, or according to manufacturer's instructions for whole wheat cycle. This makes one large loaf, although size setting will depend on machine. 

This bread rose really high considering it is a whole wheat loaf with the addition of old-fashioned oats and no added gluten. I think its success can be attributed to the small amount of ground ginger I added along with the cinnamon. I read in my bread maker's manual that a pinch of ginger, not even enough to change the flavor of the loaf, will promote rising. Garlic on the other hand, inhibits rising. I think I'll add a little ginger to all my loaves from now on. It certainly can't hurt!
This may be the best loaf I made yet - large, light, fluffy, with a nice hit of honey flavor!

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