This picture of the wonderful black forest ham, Vintage Tillamook Sharp White Cheddar Cheese and crisp Granny Smith apple sandwich I made yesterday with fresh slices of whole wheat oatmeal honey bread just doesn’t do it justice. This sandwich just didn’t want to be photographed. The cheese and apples wanted to ooze out between the bread slices when I tried to handle it and the cheese coagulated faster than I could take pictures so here you have it…an uninspiring photo of one very delicious sandwich. You can see, however, how beautifully the bread browned when I sauteed the sammy in a little butter and the taste and texture of whole thing were delicious. I quickly gave up on the picture taking and ate the sandwich for lunch.
I have found some great bread recipes on King Arthur Flour’s website. I recently bought a bag of their white whole wheat flour and wanted to make a good sandwich loaf so this is the recipe I chose. I like the inclusion of rolled oats and honey and was impressed that it got a 5 star review from 69 of the 71 commenters. I have never heard of maple sugar and read in the reviews that substituting brown sugar works just as well.
Several weeks ago I made KA’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread (it made the best french toast) and the loaves fell during the last 15 minutes of baking. The help line person told me it was probably due to over rising so that is something I watch closely now. The whole wheat dough rose quickly and reached this stage in about 45 minutes.
This bread smelled so wonderful while it was in the oven. There is nothing like that aroma of baking bread. My loaves would have come out the same size if I had taken a minute to weigh them on my little digital scale , but I’ll remember next time. I brushed the hot loaves with a little melted butter. My bread baking skills are slowly coming along with the help of great products from King Arthur Flour and Bob’s Red Mill. Both companies offer excellent customer service so if I do have problems there are always very knowledgeable people available to help me fix them. I recently visited the Red Mill Store and will take you on a little tour very soon. This recipe is definitely a keeper. I hope you will try it.
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup maple sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 1½ cups King Arthur 100% White Whole Wheat Flour
- 4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the water, oats, maple sugar, honey, butter, salt and cinnamon. Let cool to lukewarm.
- Add the yeast and flours, stirring to form a rough dough. Knead (about 10 minutes by hand, 5 to 7 minutes by machine) until the dough is smooth and satiny. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover the bowl with lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour.
- Divide the dough in half, and shape each half into a loaf. Place the loaves in two greased 8½ x 4½-inch bread pans. Cover the pans with lightly greased plastic wrap and allow the loaves to rise till they’ve crowned about 1 inch over the rim of the pan, about 1 hour.
- Bake the loaves in a preheated 360°F oven for 33 minutes.* Remove them from the oven when they’re golden brown, and the interior registers 190°F on an instant-read thermometer. Yield: 2 sandwich loaves.
- *If your oven can’t be set at 360°F, set it at 350°F and bake the bread for 35 to 40 minutes.
If you think you have seen this post before, you aren’t seeing things. When I was working on it the middle of last week I hit the “publish” button instead of the “preview” button and it went flying off into cyberspace before I could stop it. Unfortunately I did this late at night so the half finished post was on my blog until I saw it the next morning. I even got a few comments from readers who must have thought I had lost my marbles. They were very kind and didn’t mention that my post had no text and no recipe. I was able to delete the post but it still shows up on blogrolls. I guess there is nothing that can be done about that other than me being more careful in the future.
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