I splurged on some King Arthur's unbleached bread flour yesterday. I was curious to see if my challah would turn out better. On the package there is the following recipe for Oatmeal Bread:
3 cups bread flour
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 tbsp butter
1.5 tsp salt
3 tbsp honey
2 tsp active dry yeast
1.25 cups lukewarm milk
0.75 cup raisins or currents (optional) (i skipped this)
1. Proof the yeast in the milk
2. Add all other ingredients
3. Knead by hand for 10 minutes or by machine for 5 minutes
4. Put dough in lightly greased bowl, cover and let sit for 1 hour (it might not double, but that's okay)
5. Shape into a log and put it in a lightly greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan, cover and let rise for 1 to 1.5 hours, til it's crested 1 to 2 inches over the rim of the pan
6. Bake in a 350 degree heated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the center registers at 190 degrees.
I thought this sounded so good and had to try it out.
First off, when I covered the dough in the loaf pan (step 5 above) I covered it too tightly and didn't allow the dough to crest. Not sure why I did this. I mean, I really made sure that the plastic was on there tight. I was thinking that I shouldn't allow any air to get in. So I wrapped it with two pieces of plastic and pulled them both so tight. Needless to say, the bread did not rise properly and it turned out very dense and chewy. But it still tasted really good and I can't wait to try this out again. I normally don't eat jam or jelly on anything, but it seemed like it would go well. I just put it on half the bread cause I wasn't sure I'd like it. But oh my! It was so delicious! I had two slices. Caleb liked it okay, but he didn't seem overly impressed. I think it would go really great with peanut butter.