There is nothing in this world like fresh bread out of the oven. Add a little butter, a little honey, and you're in heaven. Homemade bread is the ultimate in comfort food, and therefore, perfect for fall!
I like to cheat and make the dough in the bread machine, and then take it out and bake it in the oven. My sister and I originally found this recipe in a cooking magazine. Since then we have both made it many times for our families.
Enjoy this family favorite.
Soft Oatmeal Bread
(bread machine recipe) (3 points per slice)
(Check your bread machine's directions for what order to add your ingredients)
1 ½ cups water (needs to be between 70° and 80°; the temperature is important -- it needs to be warm, but not hot)
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Then add remaining dry ingredients:
3 cups bread flour
1 ½ cups of quick cooking oats
2 ½ teaspoons yeast
Choose light crust, makes a 2 lb loaf. The dough will be quite sticky, but this bread is especially moist and tender. A favorite recipe with many people.
To make in oven: Select dough cycle on bread maker. When done, take out, knead and shape, and place into greased loaf pan. Let rise until double in size. Bake in 375º oven for 45-50 min. Shield top of loaf with foil if crust cooking too quickly.
image courtesy of Taste of Home, Simple and Delicious magazine