Maple Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

Maple Oatmeal Sandwich Bread | Cookie Monster Cooking

Homemade bread is one of my very favorite things to make.  There is just something about it that makes me really happy and well, the taste just blows anything you can buy right out of the water.  While this cranberry walnut bread still reigns supreme in my eyes, I decided I should really give some other variations a shot.  Although I did feel like I was cheating on my favorite bread – is that weird?  I guess so, but I can be a little strange sometimes when it comes to food : )  Or really just in general as my husband likes to point out.  But I’m cool with it, so it’s all good.

Maple Oatmeal Sandwich Bread | Cookie Monster Cooking

Anyway, let’s get back to this maple oatmeal sandwich bread.  It is a pretty simple dough and like most bread, the majority of time is spent just hanging out waiting for it to rise.  So what can you do during that down time?  Might I suggest getting in a quick workout or doing something productive?  But, if you’re like me, you’ll either bake cookies (or some other dessert) or decide that you absolutely must catch up on DVR’d episodes of Psych.  I do love me some Shawn and Guster.  And the blueberry.  Yes yes.  Anyone else watch?

Maple Oatmeal Sandwich Bread | Cookie Monster Cooking

And then when you are done watching Psych, you can enjoy a nice slice of toasted homemade bread.  This is a hearty loaf with just a hint of that wonderful maple flavor.  I really like that there are both oats and whole wheat flour inside, giving it a little more nutritional value.  It works great for breakfast with some jam or a little peanut butter, or for sandwiches.  Or for mindlessly consuming while getting sucked into your favorite TV shows.

Maple Oatmeal Sandwich Bread
 
Yield: 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons (1 package) instant yeast
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¾ teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (or white whole wheat flour)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the warm water. Sprinkle in the yeast then mix for a few seconds to combine. Add in the egg, butter, maple syrup, maple extract, honey, cinnamon, salt, both kinds of flour and oats. Turn the mixer on low and beat until the dough is smooth and starts to climb the dough hook, about 5 to 8 minutes. If the dough is too sticky, add in additional flour a little bit at a time (about ¼ cup or so).
  2. Form the dough into a ball and then place in a large oiled bowl. Flip once to coat then cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm area until it has doubled in bulk, about 1 ½ hours.
  3. Grease a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Next, grease one side of a piece of plastic wrap. Gently deflate the dough and then place on a lightly floured surface. Knead by hand for about 2 minutes, until smooth. Form the dough into a 8 by 3 inch log and then place in the prepared pan. Cover loosely with the prepared plastic wrap, greased side down. Let the dough rise again for about 45 minutes, until the center of the log is about 1 ½ inches higher than the pan.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Gently remove the plastic wrap from the dough. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, until the loaf is golden brown and the center of the bread is about 180 degrees using an instant-read thermometer. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 15 to 20 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

Source:
Adapted from Bon Appetit via Epicurious.

 

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Comments

  1. Homemade bread is def one of the best things I’ve ever made; I just always forget to make it and then I have to buy storebought to get me through the week. >_< But this oatmeal bread looks fab, Ashley, so fab I will def. remember to make it for the week heehee :D

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says:

      haha Thanks Jess! I try to make double what I need so that I can freeze the rest for another time – helps with reducing the amount of store-bought I buy!

  2. I think you somehow bizarrely influenced my day, because after I read this post yesterday, I went to make a quick loaf of bread for breakfast and opened up a bread cookbook I have right to a maple oatmeal bread! I ended up merging it with another recipe, but it was just too funny when I remembered later that I had read this. I need to try this recipe though! I’d be game to have it for breakfast with some honey or something :)

  3. God this is gorgeous! I love the color palette you chose for the pictures too. So pretty! And I agree, there is nothing like homemade bread. Thank you for sharing this loaf. I will be trying soon!

  4. Your bread looks so perfect! I’m inspired. I love bread and toast–my favorite way to start the morning.

  5. Couldn’t agree more! Homemade bread is the best!! I haven’t heard of Psych, but need to get into it. I’m assuming you’d recommend??

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says:

      Yes, definitely! It’s pretty funny : ) The earlier seasons are some of my favorites but I still enjoy the current season!

  6. Hello, lovely beautiful carbs! I could have me a slice of that right now and I don’t even think it needs the jam. I’ve never heard of maple extract, that is so cool! But I have definitely heard of maple syrup, I bet this bread would taste phenomenal with bananas!! YUM

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says:

      haha thanks Katy! I’ve only been using it for the last year or so, but it really pumps up the maple smell and taste – so good!

  7. Ashley, your bread looks PERFECT! It’s really appealing to me as I’ve had the bug to bake bread. All of those flavors sound amazing, and I wish I had some for toast right now!

  8. Nothing beats a good homemade bread, I make mine with sourdough and oats, but maple syrup and extract sound like a lovely addition.

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says:

      Thank you! I still need to try making a sourdough bread – it’s been on my list forever!

  9. This looks like a wonderful toasting bread! Usually I prefer bread just soft but this bread makes me think thick toast with some of your honey butter turned into maple butter? Of course, straight out of the oven, a warm slice all on its own sounds good too. Maybe I shouldn’t read your blog when I’m hungry. :) Or maybe I should just go and bake this bread!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says:

      Oh Wendy that is an amazing idea for the maple butter! I’m gonna need to try that asap!

  10. You can’t beat homemade bread. It’s the best! My dad makes homemade Italian loaves of bread sometimes…sooo good! Sometimes it’s nice though to have a really good sandwich bread and this one sound perfect! I love the combination of maple and oatmeal. I’m sure it makes the house smell amazing!

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