This recipe is one that has been sitting in my "to try" stack forever. I found it at Real Mom Kitchen, one of my (many) favorite food blogs.
Herbed Oatmeal Bread
12" dutch oven
2 C water
1 C rolled oats
3 Tbsp butter
3 3/4 to 4 3/4 C all-purpose flour
1/4 C sugar
2 tsp salt
2 pkg. Active dry yeast
1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried basil leaves
1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
1/2 tsp garlic powder
6 Tbsp butter, melted
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan or an 8" or 10" dutch oven; stir in rolled oats. Remove from heat; stir in 3 tablespoons butter. Cool to 120 to 130 degrees F.
In large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast; mix well. Add rolled oats mixture and egg; blend at low speed until moistened. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed.
By hand, stir in an additional 1 3/4 cups to 1 1/2 cups flour to form stiff dough. Continue to mix the dough until smooth and elastic – about 5 minutes. Cover with a towel and let rest for 15 minutes.
Grease your dutch oven or use parchment paper. Punch down dough several times to remove all air bubbles. Divide the dough into 9 balls. Shape and place the first roll in the center of the 12" dutch oven. Shape and place the remaining rolls around the one in the center and cover.
Let rise in warm place (80 to 95 degrees F) until light and doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
In small bowl, combine Parmesan cheese, basil, oregano and garlic powder; mix well. Set aside.
Spoon 4 tablespoon of the butter over the roll dough.
Bake at 375° F for 15 minutes. I used 1 1/2 rings plus 2 coals on top and 1 ring on the bottom. Brush remaining 2 tablespoons butter over bread. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese-herb mixture. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or cool. Watch the tops toward the end of cooking so they don't over brown.
The Finished Product
My rolls always turn out a little ugly looking, but at least they taste good!
These were yummy. I got impatient and didn't knead mine enough so they weren't as light as they should have been, but they were still delicious. They would be great paired with and Italian meal or any kind of soup. Heck, I'd make sandwiches with them for lunch if I thought there would be any leftover. Not only did they taste great, but the oatmeal makes them heart healthy as well! (Doesn't it? I think it should!) What I'm saying is that you really should try them! They worked perfectly in the dutch oven. Grade A.