Guinness Oatmeal BreadCourse: LunchCuisine: IrishDifficulty: Medium
I love to make bread albeit, NOT without my bread machine. I am more of the throw it in all together and let the machine do the work method. That being said I NEVER bake my bread in the machine. I simply let it do all the work. It makes and excellent mixer and proofing device. Once the dough phase is done I remove it to a proper loaf pan or a large baking tray and allow it to rise. If you are having people over for a get together they will think you are a genius baking fresh bread. This recipe is a tried and true favourite with a little taste of Ireland built in with the use of Guinness and oatmeal together.
2 1/2 cups unbleached white bread flour
1/2 cup whole wheat bread flour
1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cups room-temperature Guinness
3 tbs molasses
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup water
2 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast or 11/2 tsp bread yeast
extra oats for garnish
- Bread Machine
- Add water, salt, Guinness, molasses, olive oil into bread machine container then add flour, oatmeal and yeast.
- Set bread maker to proper setting to cook a loaf and let it go
- Dough by Hand
- In a small bowl add half of the water and a teaspoon of molasses (make sure it is slightly warm) stir to combine.
- Sprinkle yeast over the mixture. When yeast foams up it is activated.
- In a separate bowl add the rest of the water, salt, Guinness, molasses, olive oil stirring ingredients together.
- Once yeast has activated add to the bowl of wet ingredients.
- Slowly add your flour and oatmeal to the mixture alternating between the two.
- Once all the flour and oatmeal have been added begin to bring the ingredients together by hand.
- You can use a wooden spoon to gently combine the dry into the wet as you go.
- Once all ingredients are combined turn dough out onto a floured covered piece of parchment paper.
- Begin to bring the dough together into a ball and knead gently adding flour to the surface as required.
- When the dough begins to feel elastic form into an oblong shape and set aside on a baking sheet or into a loaf pan.
- Allow to rise covered with tea towel until doubled in size.
- Preheat oven to 400 F
- Place loaf into the oven and brush with milk or butter and sprinkle additional oats over the top.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped.
- Remove and cool or serve warm with butter or your favourite preserves.
- Once you get the hang of it making bread is simple. Invest in a bread making machine and make fresh, healthy breads of your choice instead of those spongy filled with preservative choices at your local grocer.