I think this might be my favorite bread recipe. It's a close one though. I adore French bread as well. This bread has a slight sweetness to it from the honey and stays soft even after 1 day. Normally bread starts to get tough the next day but this one stays fresh. This is great served with dinner, as a snack, or even as a sandwich. The original recipe uses a bread machine and cooks it in the machine as well. I skipped this because even though I love my bread machine, I tend to have better bread when it's baked in the oven. So I used my bread machine to mix it and then moved it to the oven. Worked beautifully!
And today is October 22nd!! My due date is only a few days away! I'm getting excited to meet baby Emmett and introduce him to his sister. I've been going over all of the pregnancy memories. I was thinking about when my husband and I found out the sex of the baby. I was getting the ultrasound and within seconds I looked over and saw my husband smiling. I assumed he was excited to find out the results but he had actually gotten a glimpse of the gender and knew we were having a boy. He would have been happy with a boy or girl, but deep down he was hoping for a boy so we would have one of each. Of course, I can't read ultrasounds at all and most of the time I have no clue what I'm looking at so the technician had to announce it to me. It was a fun and exciting day. :)
I am going to miss being pregnant though. Everything has been pretty simple from day one so I have few complaints. I will definitely miss the following:
- Feeling the baby kick
- Baby hiccups!
- The long, difficult and even irritating name search but the relief when I finally found one
- The growing belly
- The overall excitement
I'll keep everyone posted. Hopefully he'll make his appearance soon!
|Place into a pan|
|Brush with egg white and sprinkle on oats|
|Remove from oven|
|Remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack|
Serving Size = 1 lb loaf
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil (I used EVOO)
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup rolled oats + extra for sprinkling
- 2 1/3 cups bread flour (plus more if needed)
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast (original recipe added 1 but based on the reviews I bumped it to 2)
- Place in bread machine on dough cycle. Once the dough starts mixing, check it to see if you need to add more flour. The dough should be a bit sticky.
- Once done, place into an 8x4-inch baking dish sprayed with oil. Cover with a towel and let raise for 30 minutes in a warm place (I usually preheat the oven for a minute, shut it off, and then add the bread). Brush with 1 egg white plus 1 tablespoon of water. Sprinkle on some oats. Bake in oven at 350F for 25 - 30 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and let cool on wire rack.
- Note: If you want, you can cook it in the bread machine (I haven't tried). The original recipe recommends cooking it on the light setting.