Honey Oat Bread

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Honey Oat Bread made with basic ingredients easily available in our pantry. This homemade bread recipe is simple, easy, and tastes amazing. If this is your first time baking a bread, try this flawless, 5 steps easy recipe, perfect for beginners.

 

Honey Oat Bread

 

HONEY OAT BREAD

Delicate, yet strong enough to hold all your favorite toppings. This homemade bread is soft from the inside, and crusty from the outside. My kids love veggies sandwich for their lunch, and this bread makes an excellent choice. It’s hearty, filling and honestly nothing beats the fresh taste and flavor of freshly baked homemade bread.

If you are new to baking, try this recipe, you will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to make homemade bread. Made with simple pantry ingredients, this bread is easy to make at home and tastes amazing. You don’t have to be a pro, to make this gourmet style bread at home.

I used stand mixer for this recipe. However, the dough can be made by hands. It just takes extra few minutes to knead the dough, that’s all. You can proof the dough using traditional method or Instant Pot. I live in cold climate and therefore I prefer to use Instant Pot for consistent results. I have shared both techniques of proofing the bread in details in the post and also in the recipe card. Be sure to check it out.

Pic Shown: Honey Oat Bread

 

Honey Oat Bread

 

INGREDIENTS FOR HONEY OAT BREAD

This recipe makes 1 loaf (9 inch by 5 inch) of bread. You can easily double this recipe. However, the proofing time remains the same.

INGREDIENTS FOR DOUGH

3 cup (390 g) all purpose flour; plus 1-2 tablespoon, as needed

3/4 cup (180 ml) whole milk

1 cup (95 g) rolled oats

1/4 cup (85 g) honey

2 tablespoon (28 g) unsalted butter

2 1/2 teaspoon ( 7.6 g) Active Dry Yeast

1/4 cup (60 ml) warm water [100 F – 110 F]

1/2 tablespoon sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature, beaten [reserve 1 tablespoon]

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil, to grease the bowl

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened, to grease the baking pan

FOR THE TOPPING

1 tablespoon reserved egg, for brushing

1-2 tablespoon rolled oats, for sprinkling

Pic Shown: Honey Oat Bread

 

Honey Oat Bread

 

HOW TO MAKE HONEY OAT BREAD

It is extremely straightforward and relatively easy to make, this honey oat bread at home. Follow my foolproof recipe and make this gourmet style bread in just 5 easy steps.

1. PREPARE THE DOUGH [BY HAND OR USING STAND MIXER]

2. FIRST PROOFING [TRADITIONAL OR USING INSTANT POT]

3. SHAPE THE BREAD

4. SECOND PROOFING

5. BAKE

INSTRUCTIONS FOR HONEY OAT BREAD

STEP 1: PREPARE THE DOUGH [BY HAND OR USING STAND MIXER]

In a sauce pan, bring milk to a boil. Turn OFF heat. Stir in butter, honey, and oats. Set it aside for 10-15 minutes.

In a cup, stir in warm water [100*F – 110* F], sugar, and yeast. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes, or until it turns frothy, and doubles in volume.

Note: If the yeast is active, the mixture turns frothy, and doubles in volume. If the mixture does not double in size, start the process again with fresh yeast.

Pour the oats mixture into the bowl of standing mixer. Add flour, salt, yeast mixture, and beaten eggs. Using dough hook attachment, knead for 5-7 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic (dough will start to leave the sides of the bowl and form into a ball).

Note: If you are kneading by hand, the dough will be very sticky at first. Transfer the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Add knead the dough until it is soft, elastic, springs back when pressed, and is not sticky, around 15-20 minutes.

OPTIONAL: If the dough feels too sticky, add some flour and if it is too dry, add 1-2 teaspoon of warm milk, and knead the dough, until it is nice, and soft.

Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a greased bowl.

STEP 2: FIRST PROOFING

Place the dough in a greased bowl and turn it once to grease the top.

Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel, and place it in a warm place, for 60-90 minutes or until it doubles in volume.

If using Instant Pot for proofing, place the dough in the greased inner pot, and turn it once to grease the top. Place lid, and cover the pot. Turn ON YOGURT (normal) for 1 hour.

Note: I used a glass lid that fits, to cover the inner pot.

STEP 3: SHAPE THE BREAD

Grease a 9*5 inch baking pan with some softened butter.

Transfer the dough onto lightly floured work surface and deflate it. Using your hands, roll out the dough into a 9*5 inch rectangle.

Tightly roll the dough into a log, starting from the short edge and pinch the seam.

Place the loaf in a greased baking pan (seam side down). Press the dough to fill the corners of the pan.

STEP 4: SECOND PROOFING

Cover the shaped bread with a loose plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel, and place it in a warm place, for 1 – 1.5 hours or until it doubles in size and is around half an inch above the rim of the baking pan.

STEP 5: BAKE BREAD

Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.

Bake the bread for 30-40 minutes or until top is golden brown and wooden screwer inserted comes out clean.

Note: If the top is browning quickly, loosely tent the bread with the foil.

Remove the bread from the oven, and carefully remove it from the pan and transfer it on a wire cooling rack. Allow the bread to cool for 20 minutes before serving.

Using a sharp serrated (or bread) knife, cut the bread into desired slices. Enjoy this homemade Honey Oat Bread with some butter!!

Pic Shown: Honey Oat Bread

 

Honey Oat Bread

 

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PRO TIPS FOR BEST HONEY OAT BREAD

For measuring the flour, do not scoop the flour, instead lightly fill the measuring cup with the flour, and level it with back of the spoon. See FAQ – HOW TO MEASURE FLOUR RIGHT WAY

If the yeast is active, the mixture turns frothy, and doubles in volume. If the mixture does not double in size, start the process again with fresh yeast.

To measure honey, grease the measuring cup with some oil or non-stick spray. The honey will not stick to the measuring cup. 

This bread is mildly sweet. You can increase or decrease the sweetness as per liking, by adding more or less honey. 

Do not skip the salt in the recipe, it helps balance the sweetness from the honey. 

Check the consistency of the dough after kneading it for 4-5 minutes. If it feels too sticky, add some flour and if it is too dry, add 1-2 teaspoon of warm milk, and knead the dough, until it is nice, and soft.

Do not over-knead the dough. As soon as the dough is soft, elastic, springs back when pressed, and is not sticky. You know the dough is kneaded well.

Proof the dough until it becomes double in volume, do not over proof it.

Allow the bread to cool for at least 20 minutes. Use sharp serrated knife to cut the bread into pieces. This bread is quite soft from inside and crusty from outside. Serrated knife gives clean cut pieces, without tearing them apart.

Pic Shown: Honey Oat Bread

 

Honey Oat Bread

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW TO MEASURE FLOUR RIGHT WAY

It is important to measure the flour using a right method. To avoid over-measuring, do not scoop the flour straight from the container. First loosen the flour by giving it a good stir with a spoon or a spatula. Next, spoon the flour into the measuring cup, fill the cup slightly over the rim. Now, level the flour using back of the spoon or a knife.

CONSISTENCY OF THE DOUGH

The consistency of the dough is soft, elastic, and non-sticky. When you poke the dough, it springs back and does not stick.

Check the consistency of the dough after kneading it for 4-5 minutes. If it feels too sticky, add some flour and if it is too dry, add 1-2 teaspoon of warm milk, and knead the dough, until it is nice, and soft.

HOW LONG DO YOU KNEAD DOUGH

Depending upon the method used for kneading, the time will vary. If you are using a stand mixer to knead the dough, it takes somewhere from 5-7 minutes to knead the dough. If kneading the dough by hand, it takes around 10-15 minutes for a soft, non-sticky dough.

HOW DO I KNOW IF THE DOUGH IS KNEADED ENOUGH

A well kneaded dough will be soft, elastic, springs back when you poke your finger, and it won’t be sticky. If the dough does not pass this simple test, it means it needs more kneading.

Here are few ways you can tell that the dough is kneaded well:

First, it forms into a nice smooth dough, the dough will start to leave the sides of the bowl.

Secondly, poke a finger, and if the dough springs back, and is not sticky, the dough is kneaded well.

Lastly, you can also do a windowpane test. Take a small piece of dough, and stretch it as thin as possible. If the dough does not tear, and you can see a thin layer of dough, it means the dough is kneaded well.

WHY DO YOU KNEAD THE DOUGH

It is important to knead the dough before rising, as kneading develops the gluten in the dough. Gluten is made of long strands of protein, which makes the dough stretchy. The stretchy dough can hold the bubbles created by the yeast, thus making the dough to rise.

WHY IS MY DOUGH TOO STICKY

Too much liquid, can cause a sticky dough. Also, if you used cold, or room temperature milk, it can result in leaking of gluten’s, causing the dough to be sticky.

MY DOUGH IS TOO TIGHT

When using a stand mixer chances are that you overworked the dough. The change in composition of gluten molecules, results in a non-stretchy dough.

Overworked dough often feels too tight, and tough and breaks when you try to pull, or roll.

Pic Shown: Honey Oat Bread

 

Honey Oat Bread

 

WHY BREAD IS DENSE AND CHEWY

For a nice, soft and fluffy bread, it is important to knead the dough enough. When the dough is not kneaded enough, either using a stand mixer or by hand, the dough will lack the strength. When you make bread using this dough, chances are it will turn out chewy and quite dense in texture.

WHAT MAKES BREAD LIGHT AND SOFT

As the yeast grows, it produces gas, carbon dioxide. Depending upon how much gas is produced in the dough, the bread will turn out light and soft.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY BREAD IS BAKED TO PERFECTION

I know when it comes to bread, It is not easy to tell if it is baked right or not, specially when you can’t see what’s inside it. Well, here are some of the ways, that I find helpful to get a perfect loaf of bread.

1. Appearance – The easiest way to tell if the bread is baked to perfection or not is by just looking at it. With time and practice, one gets good at judging the baked good visually. There are quite a few things that one should keep in mind while baking breads. Depending upon the moisture in the dough, size of the loaf, whether the dough is enriched (contains eggs, butter or milk ) or not, enriched dough usually takes longer to bake.

The ideal loaf of bread, when it’s done, will have dry, firm crust. If the crust is pale, it needs few extra minutes of baking. Also, if you brushed the top with milk, butter or eggs, you will see the bread has a nice, deep brown color.

2. Sound – This is interesting! Did you know you can tell if your bread is baked right or not, by listening to it. Isn’t that amazing! Yes, a perfectly baked loaf of bread, when tapped at the bottom sounds hollow. When the baking time is up, remove the bread from the loaf pan, and tap it at the bottom of the bread, you will hear a hollow sound, indicating the doneness of the bread.

3. Internal temperature – New to baking? Take all the guess work out and use a instant read thermometer, to read the internal temperature of the bread. Insert the thermometer in the center of the loaf, it should read around 190 F. For enriched dough bread (one with milk, butter or eggs), the interal temperature should read around 200 F.

4. Rule of thumb – Can’t decide if the bread is cooked right or not? In doubt, always give those extra few minutes of baking. It doesn’t hurt, you might end up with a bit dry bread, but hey it’s better than the under baked one!

HOW TO STORE BREAD

Once the bread cools completely, place it in a Ziploc bag, or in a air-tight container. Bread lasts for few days at room temperature or up to a week in the refrigerator.

Bread freezes beautifully. Store it in a freezer friendly storage bags or container, and it will last for couple of months.

Defrost, reheat, and enjoy Honey Oats Bread.

Pic Shown: Honey Oat Bread

 

Honey Oat Bread

 

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Honey Oat Bread

Honey Oat Bread made with basic ingredients easily available in our pantry. This homemade bread recipe is simple, easy, and tastes amazing. If this is your first time baking a bread, try this flawless, 5 steps easy recipe, perfect for beginners.
Course bread
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade bread, homemade honey oat bread, honey oat bread, honey oatmeal bread
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Proof TIme 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 1 loaf; 9*5 inch
Author Jyoti Behrani

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS FOR DOUGH

  • 3 cup (390 g) all purpose flour; plus 1-2 tablespoon, as needed
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) whole milk
  • 1 cup (95 g) rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup (85 g) honey
  • 2 tablespoon (28 g) unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon (7.6 g) Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) warm water [100 F – 110 F]
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature, beaten [reserve 1 tablespoon]
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil, to grease the bowl
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened, to grease the baking pan

FOR THE TOPPING

  • 1 tablespoon reserved egg, for brushing
  • 1-2 tablespoon rolled oats, for sprinkling

Instructions

INSTRUCTIONS FOR HONEY OAT BREAD

    STEP 1: PREPARE THE DOUGH [BY HAND OR USING STAND MIXER]

    • In a sauce pan, bring milk to a boil. Turn OFF heat. Stir in butter, honey, and oats. Set it aside for 10-15 minutes.
    • In a cup, stir in warm water [100*F – 110* F], sugar, and yeast. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes, or until it turns frothy, and doubles in volume.
      Note: If the yeast is active, the mixture turns frothy, and doubles in volume. If the mixture does not double in size, start the process again with fresh yeast.
    • Pour the oats mixture into the bowl of standing mixer. Add flour, salt, yeast mixture, and beaten eggs. Using dough hook attachment, knead for 5-7 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic (dough will start to leave the sides of the bowl and form into a ball).
      Note: If you are kneading by hand, the dough will be very sticky at first. Transfer the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Add knead the dough until it is soft, elastic, springs back when pressed, and is not sticky, around 15-20 minutes.
    • OPTIONAL: If the dough feels too sticky, add some flour and if it is too dry, add 1-2 teaspoon of warm milk, and knead the dough, until it is nice, and soft.
    • Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a greased bowl.

    STEP 2: FIRST PROOFING

    • Place the dough in a greased bowl and turn it once to grease the top.
    • Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel, and place it in a warm place, for 60-90 minutes or until it doubles in volume.
    • If using Instant Pot for proofing, place the dough in the greased inner pot, and turn it once to grease the top. Place lid, and cover the pot. Turn ON YOGURT (normal) for 1 hour.
      Note: I used a glass lid that fits, to cover the inner pot.

    STEP 3: SHAPE THE BREAD

    • Grease a 9*5 inch baking pan with some softened butter.
    • Transfer the dough onto lightly floured work surface and deflate it. Using your hands, roll out the dough into a 9*5 inch rectangle.
    • Tightly roll the dough into a log, starting from the short edge and pinch the seam.
    • Place the loaf in a greased baking pan (seam side down). Press the dough to fill the corners of the pan.

    STEP 4: SECOND PROOFING

    • Cover the shaped bread with a loose plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel, and place it in a warm place, for 1 – 1.5 hours or until it doubles in size and is around half an inch above the rim of the baking pan.

    STEP 5: BAKE BREAD

    • Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
    • Bake the bread for 30-40 minutes or until top is golden brown and wooden screwer inserted comes out clean.
      Note: If the top is browning quickly, loosely tent the bread with the foil.
    • Remove the bread from the oven, and carefully remove it from the pan and transfer it on a wire cooling rack. Allow the bread to cool for 20 minutes before serving.
    • Using a sharp serrated (or bread) knife, cut the bread into desired slices. Enjoy this homemade Honey Oat Bread with some butter!!

    Notes

    Please refer to the post for the following:
    1. PRO TIPS FOR BEST HONEY OAT BREAD
    2. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

     

     

     

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    Jyoti Behrani

    Hello!! Welcome to my blog, my journey Living Smart and Healthy! Cook with me easy and authentic Indian food and around the globe. Will be sharing tips and tricks on easy authentic cooking, without spending hours in the kitchen or comprising on authentic flavors. Keeping things simple and healthy is what I am all about. Life is simple, so lets keep cooking simple too!!

    This Post Has 6 Comments

    1. Linda Quiroz

      5 stars
      Hello, thank you for your reply!
      I didn’t have flax meal on hand so I tried chia seeds, they worked out pretty good, the bread turned out delicious 😋

      Thank you!
      Linda Quiroz

      1. Jyoti Behrani

        I am so glad you liked it 🙂 Thanks for sharing your feedback!

    2. Leanne

      5 stars
      I brush the egg and sprinkle some oats just before the second proof and it still turned out wonderfully. Thanks!

      I doubled the recipe.

      1. Jyoti Behrani

        Awesome! I am so glad you liked my recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing your feedback!

    3. Agnes T

      5 stars
      Thank you for the recipe, Jyoti!
      It’s a success for me- a first timer! Taste great and the recipe is easy to follow.

      1. Jyoti Behrani

        Awesome! I am so glad you liked my recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing your feedback!

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