Why I Am Posting These Recipes

I believe that it is healthier for an individual and for the planet to reduce the consumption of animal products in the human diet. However, I love to eat all kinds of delicious food, and find it really, really difficult to go totally vegetarian. Also, my family protests if I serve too many vegetarian meals in a row. So I am committed to making an effort to move towards a vegetarian diet without wholly doing so. I will post recipes several times a week that represent my philosophy of eating well, eating healthy, eating local. Most recipes will be easy to prepare, as I have a busy life. So I expect my followers to be people who love to cook and eat well, want to try to help the planet through their eating (by eating local foods and trying to reduce the use of meat in our diets), and have many other things to do each day besides cook.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Oatmeal Bread in Breadmaker

For this bread, I started with a recipe from the cookbook that came with my breadmaker and I changed a couple of ingredients and measurements, and added a couple of things.  The result is absolutely delicious!  I took a picture shortly after we started cutting into it, but it quickly disappeared.  It is sure to be a favorite in our household.

Makes 1 - 2 lb. loaf

1 1/2 cup buttermilk (I used 1 1/2 cups water and 6 TBS dried buttermilk blend, which is really handy for baking)
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 TBS unsalted butter, cut into thin slices
1 cup oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 cups bread flour
2 tsp. vital wheat gluten
2 1/4 tsp quick rise yeast for bread machines

Place ingredients in order listed (or the order suggested by your bread machine manufacturer).  Choose selections for white bread, 2 lb. loaf, medium crust.  Enjoy!

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