Sunday, 26 January 2014

Whole wheat honey oats bread

I recently attended a baking course and since then, I've been really tempted to try a lot of cakes and cookies. But what kept me on hold was the usage of maida and sugar in all baking products. Yes cakes are junk food and I didn't want my health and interest for baking part ways. So, then came the idea of using whole wheat flour instead of maida!! While I was just thinking about this on my way back home from baking class, I was held up in traffic jam and what struck my eyes then was, SUBWAY and my favorite bread at subway is honey-oats bread. That's how I ended up utilizing my Sunday evening by baking a healthy bread at home. There were a lot of recipes for this bread online and I referred a few that were easy to understand. Let's jump in straight to the recipe!


  • Whole wheat flour - 330 gm
  • Boiling Water - 285 ml
  • Oats - 50 gm
  • Honey – 70 ml
  • Butter – 15 gm
  • Salt – 1.5 Tsp
  • Dry Yeast – 0.8 Tsp
  • Warm Water – 30 ml
  1. Combine oats, honey, butter and salt with boiling water in a large mixing bowl. Keep it aside for an hour
  2. When the oats mixture is almost ready (i.e. after 50 mins), in a small bowl, sprinkle the dry yeast over warm water (if the bowl is cool, then wash it in warm water before use). Gently mix it so that the yeast dissolves and let it stand until creamy for about 10 minutes. Once it is ready, pour the yeast mixture into the oat mixture and gently mix it.
  3. Add the flour to this mixture 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well with a wooden spatula after each addition and make sure not to over mix
  4. When the dough has come together, put it out on a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 20 minutes (Rigorous exercise for your arms!!). Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn it so that both sides are coated lightly with oil (as shown below) 
  5. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and set it aside in a warm place until it doubles in volume. This will take about 1 hour.
  6. Remove the dough and put it again on a lightly floured surface. Shape the dough into a loaf. Place the shaped dough into a lightly greased 9x5 inch loaf tin. Cover the loaf tin with a damp cloth and let it rise until doubled in volume. This will take about 40-45 minutes (I had only a smaller size loaf tin, so I split the dough into two – one into a loaf tin and other into a small  round cake tin)
  7. In the meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180 C.  Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped (A lovely aroma of oats and honey will spread across your home.. yumm)
  8. Remove the loaf from the pan, and allow it to cool completely on a wire rack
  9. Enjoy this fresh and healthy home-made bread along with any spread of your choice!

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