My go-to bread when I just want good bread. Can also be good for sandwiches, if it lasts that long.
3 cups bread flour
1 cup quick oats (or ¾ cup oats and ¼ cup wheat germ)
NOTE: if using old-fashioned, use about 3/4 cup total
1 ½ tsp. salt
¼ cup brown sugar, honey, or molasses
1 packet dry active yeast
NOTE: If you what to proof your yeast, use 1/4 cup warm water, let proof for 5 min. Decrease milk to 1 cup. If yeast doesn’t proof within 5 minutes, toss and try different yeast.
1 1/4 cups lukewarm milk
4 T. butter
Optional: 2 T flax seed, couple tsp. sesame seed
Oil for bowl
Put dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Mix together.
(If proofing yeast, do that step now.)
Warm milk and butter to lukewarm. Add brown sugar. and yeast. Pour into dry ingredients, mixing to form shaggy dough. Mix by machine dough hook 5 minutes (may have to scrape down dough hook). Pour oil over and form into ball in mixing bowl. Allow to rise for 1 hour.
Take out of bowl and put in a 9×5 pan. Cover with greased plastic wrap. Let rise for about 1 to 1 ½ hours, or until loaf has risen 1 to 2 inches over rim of pan. Carefully place in 350 degree oven. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes until golden brown