Monday, December 27, 2010

Day 357: Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread

I made this bread to slice and toast for breakfast Christmas morning.  I actually made it a few days in advance and froze it.  This recipe comes from a Taste of Home cookbook.

Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread
10" dutch oven

2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1-1/2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
2/3 cup shortening
1 cup sugar, divided
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons salt
5 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

In a bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oats, milk, shortening, 1/2 cup sugar, eggs, salt and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down; cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Divide in half; roll each piece into a 16 x 8 inch rectangle. Brush with butter. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over dough to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a short side; pinch seams to seal.

Place loaves seam side down in two greased 10" dutch ovens. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 25 minutes. Bake at 375° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Use 1 1/2 rings plus a couple of coals on top and 1 ring on the bottom.  Cover loosely with foil if bread browns too quickly. Remove from pans to cool on wire racks. Makes 2 loaves.

The Finished Product

Broken camera = no pics.  Hopefully I'll have it back in a day or two.  Keep your fingers crossed!

The Review

I really loved this.  It is hearty and chewy and really yummy.  I love the texture the oats add.  It was great toasted and spread with honey butter, but I was thinking that French Toast would also be great made with this bread.  Grade A.


  1. I enjoy your blog SO much! I'm new to DO cooking & I have learned so much from your blog. I have NEVER baked bread before - but I used this recipe. I made the 1st batch in the kitchen rather than the DO (it was over 100 in the shade!) I made the 2nd batch in the DO! :) It was great!! I have made several of your other recipes also - thanks again!!

  2. I'm so glad you liked it! Breads in the DO are so simple. I actually prefer DO breads to what I cook indoors. Keep cooking, it just gets easier and more fun!


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