Whole-Wheat and Honey-Oat Bread

This homemade bread has a rich flavor with just the perfect hint of sweet honey.

Whole-Wheat and Honey-Oat Bread
Yield: 2 (9x5-inch) loaves or 2 dozen rolls
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 1⁄2 cups white whole-wheat flour
  3. 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  4. 2 cups boiling water
  5. 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  6. 1⁄2 cup honey
  7. 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
  8. 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  9. 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  10. Garnish: old-fashioned oats
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, stir together flours and yeast. Set aside. In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups boiling water, oats, honey, butter, and salt. Let stand until butter melts and mixture is very warm but not hot, approximately 6 minutes.
  2. Make a well in center of dry ingredients. Add oat mixture, stirring together until a dough forms.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic, approximately 10 minutes. Spray a large bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning to coat top. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm draft-free place (85°) until doubled in size, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  4. Lightly spray 2 (9x5-inch) loaf pans or 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. For loaves: Divide dough in half. Shape halves into 2 loaves; place in prepared loaf pans. For rolls: Divide dough into 24 equal portions. Cut each portion into 3 pieces. Roll each piece into a small ball. Place 3 balls in each prepared muffin cup.
  6. Spray loaves or rolls lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Loosely cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm draft-free place until doubled in size, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°. Brush loaves or rolls with egg white, and sprinkle evenly with oats, if desired.
  8. Bake until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes for loaves or 15 minutes for rolls. Remove from pans immediately. Let cool completely on a wire rack before serving.
Baking Tip
  1. Instead of kneading by hand, place dough in a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Beat at medium speed until smooth and elastic, approximately 7 minutes.
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