Thursday, December 15, 2011

maple molasses oatmeal boule




let me share a secret with you, that's right a little closer

shh...are you ready
homemade bread is my ultimate weakness

i can put away an entire, still warm from the oven loaf of bread by myself in a day

for me, the entire process of bread making is very full filling and relaxing
don't believe me?
never tried bread making before?

yes. making homemade bread takes a little time, however
like with most wonderful things in life a little effort & time goes a long way

once you see how simple bread making can be, you will become a bread making fool

i guarantee it


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no lie - this recipe i am going to share with you makes the absolute best tasting bread
seriously. the. best. tasting. bread.ever

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pure nh maple syrup, molasses and freshly ground multi grain oats
these are the ingredients that make this bread so amazingly good

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the dough is sticky for sure - but no worries the more you knead in the additional flour
the easier it is to work with

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this recipe gives you two beautiful boules
make sure you share one with a friend

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after the first rise the dough is divided into two
and shaped into a beautiful round loaves

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dusted with flour
slit on the top to make them even more beautiful to look at

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the boules are baked in a hot oven with a bit a steam
giving them a wonderfully crunchy exterior and a nicely soft interior

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sliced and served with homemade strawberry jam
life doesn't get any better than this

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simply beautiful

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maple molasses oatmeal boule
makes 2 boules

you will need:
  • 5 tsp dry active yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup multi grain oats - finely ground
  • 5 - 6 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp canola oil for greasing the bowl
assembly:
  • in a large mixing bowl add yeast and warm water. allow to sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast begins to bubble
  • add to the yeast mixture maple syrup, molasses & salt- stir until well combined
  • with a wooden spoon stir in ground oats and 4 cups of flour - do not over mix/mix with a hard hand. dough will be very tacky/moist
  • on a well floured surface turn dough out, knead in remaining flour 1/2 cup or so at a time using enough to keep the dough from sticking to your hands and work surface.
  • knead dough until smooth and elasticity - about 8-10 minutes
  • in a well oiled bowl place dough, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm spot until double in size - approximately 1 -1 1/2 hours
  • once double in size - lightly punch down dough and turn onto a very lightly floured work surface - divide dough into 2 equal portions
  • shape dough into (2)round loaves - place dough rounds on a parchment lined baking sheet, cover and let rise until double in size - about 40 minutes
  • preheat oven to 425* - place a cookie sheet on the lowest rack
  • once the bread has completed its second rise and the oven is preheated - dust each loaf with flour - using a serrated knife slice 3 lines into the top of each round
  • bake the bread on the middle rack of the oven - pour 1 cup of hot water into the second baking sheet that was placed in the oven during preheating (this will create steam so be careful)
  • bake for about 20 - 25 minutes or until the crust is brown and when the bottom of the loaf is tapped it sounds hollow
  • remove bread and allow to cool for about 10 minutes prior to enjoying!
enjoy!


Yum

19 comments:

  1. I wonder how well this recipe would translate into gluten free? You know what? How about I let you know soon because I am going to try it! I'm crossing my fingers because it sounds amazing!

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  2. I would love to know how it turns out! I have only a little experience with Gluten Free baking, I am sure it will be fabulous!

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  3. Those look perfect! Homemade bread is definitely my weakness too and I especially love breads with molasses in them. I just had to comment to say how pretty your loaves look though, so perfectly slashed. I wish I could have a slice right now :D

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  4. Thank you for wonderful comment Heidi :-)

    - See you in Morning I totally agree with you!

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  5. With all those ingredients i bet it's delicious!

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  6. Thanks Jessica- I thought it was pretty tasty!

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  7. I made this today. It was divine and my brother tells me it is perfectly sweetened. I had to use a bit of agave too because I was running low on maple syrup. Also used white whole wheat. Will make again, thanks!

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  8. I am so happy that you and your brother loved the bread as much as I did!

    Agave is a perfect substitute :-)

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  9. What a beautiful loaf of bread!

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  10. Thank you Lindsay!

    It tasted just as amazing and beautiful as it looked :-)

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  11. Just made this today, and it was lovely! Thank you for the recipe :D.

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    1. I love good looking loaves of bread - that is my weakness - I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :-)

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  13. Found this on Pinterest, baked them today, enjoyed them with homemade soup. Perfection!

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    1. I cannot tell you how happy that makes me! Serioulsy, I love this bread and do not make it nearly enough, I am really happy that you ejoyed it just as much as I do :)

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  14. Could I make this with a stand mixer and a dough hook? Looks delicious!

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