Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Eggless Baking : Oatmeal Sandwich Bread.....Mini Loaves & Buns

Though the official name for this bread is Oatmeal Sandwich bread, it doesn't contain Oatmeal but plain rolled Oats. I adapted this recipe from King Arthur's Bread Flour bag with minor changes only so I didn't felt like changing it's name. But telling you the truth, at home it was called bread just plain bread because sometime it's better to not mention everything to 9 yr. olds. I made it yesterday for dinner & I'm posting about it today, so that means it was not only good but really good def. a keeper recipe specially if U are new to bread making, as this is one easy recipe and I wanted to save this recipe before I loose it with all the minor changes I made.  As I'm already trying hard to figure out one green spaghetti recipe my daughter asked me yesterday to make again, because it doesn't happen everyday that your kid ask U "can U make that green spaghetti again which was not very green, didn't look good kinda but I loved it".

Now, to prove my point about it's here's this thing, I made it left them on the counter top for resting, came back home after an hour or so....first thing I hear is "tumhare bread khatam ho gayi"(your bread is finished). He ate at least one third of the bread, with butter O'course, occasionally dipping it in the soup. DD sat for dinner, first bite & she goes I will take one of this tomorrow for my lunch with jelly & give me something along with it. And little one who is not very fond of crust on the bread as it is sometime hard for her baby teeth's(chewing on hard candy is all together different thing) voluntarily picked one bun & ate at least 75% of it and returned the rest of it to me which was actually the centre of bread, she ate crust from all sides. Yes crust was not to crusty only little chewy as it's suppose to be. Crust has always been one of my major concern because most of the time my breads have hard crust, though I love that but kids don't, so this one was perfect. I'm not sure if it was because of additions of Oats or just because bread flour is used or b'coz I used buttermilk instead of regular milk. Now to the recipe.....

What I used :
  • 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour
  • 1 cup quick-1 minute Quaker Oats(recipe called for old fashioned)
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO(recipe called for 2 TBLSP. butter)
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 tablespoons honey (can use brown sugar also)
  • 2 tsp. Rapid Rise Yeast( recipe called for 2 tsp. instant yeast OR 1 packet active dry yeast)
  • 1 & 1/4 cups lukewarm buttermilk (recipe called for milk)

Note : Actual recipe also have an optional ingredient 3/4 cup of raisins/currants.

What I did :

I simply followed the recipe and as per that Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl to form a shaggy dough(means it's still not smooth ). Knead dough, by hand (10 minutes) or by machine (5 minutes) until it's smooth. I used stand mixer here.
Once the dough is done I normally take the dough out of the mixing bowl & grease that same bowl & leave the dough covered in that same bowl for resting. Recipe ask for 1 hr. till it become quite puffy though it may not double in bulk. Mine was resting for 1 & 1/2 hr. & was almost doubled.
To Shape : Lightly grease the loaf pan/pans U are planning to use. Transfer the dough to lightly floured surface, slightly punch & shape it into desired size. This recipe is for one 9x5 size loaf so if U want to do that after U shape the log place it into 9x5 inch loaf pan. But I planned to do it differently.

I cut the dough into five equal parts 2 of them were rolled into small loaves, I used ceramic mini loaf pans, size from top of these pans is 5x3 & height is 2 inches.

Rest of the 3 parts were again divided into 2 each so 6 in total. These went into large size muffin tray(muffin capacity in these one is almost double the regular size muffins) . 3 shaped like small log 3 just rolled into ball.

Cover the pan with lightly greased plastic wrap and let the dough rise for 60-90 minutes (I spent only 60 minutes here).

Bake the bread in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 35-40 minutes for regular 9x5 inch loaf. But in my case I baked 25-30 minutes, 25 minutes for muffin tray/buns & 30 minutes for mini loaves. Towards the last minute of baking I brushed them with the melted butter & baked for another minute or so.

Notes : As I'm always little unsure impatient when I'm baking bread so I did took out one bun out of the tray & without waiting I opened it up from the centre & it felt good. Mission accomplished.