Cinnamon Oatmeal Honey Bread

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Someone keep me away from this bread.  It’s so gooey and delicious.  I wish someone made a candle that smelled like yeast bread.  Ooh, a new business perhaps?  Okay – no, not another business.  I can only handle 3 at a time here.  I don’t want a grass candle, or guava, or espresso, or… wait, no, I would like the espresso one.  But except for that, a nice yeast bread candle would be awesome.

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Here is a very yummy bread that requires no kneading.  Yup.  No kneading.  Why?  Well, because you let it rise for… 12 hours.  Yeast can do its work by kneading, or by time.  This recipe uses time.  I had a few problems with the topping, but I made it differently from the original to avoid the sugar melting problem.

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By the way, this makes amazing french toast!  I took day old pieces and sliced them sandwich width.  Then, soaked them in some half and half, eggs, milk and vanilla.  Cook in a skillet and throw on some syrup.  Yum.

Bell, the temporary cat we are taking care of, wanted to be in the photo shoot, too!

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Cinnamon Oatmeal Honey Bread
serves 12

2 and 3/4 cup bread flour, plus another 1/3-1/2 cup for later
1 cup old fashioned or quick oats
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 and 1/2 tsp. salt
1 and 1/4 tsp. instant active dry yeast (I love the Red Star Yeast Platinum)
1/2 cup honey
2 Tb.  canola oil (I used a mixture of half applesauce, half grapeseed oil)
1 and 1/2 cups + 1 Tb. cold water

1 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tb. sugar

1.  In a great big bowl, mix your dry stuff:  bread flour (2 and 3/4 cup), oats, cinnamon, salt, and yeast.
2.  In a not so great big bowl, mix the wet stuff:  honey and oil.  Mix well.  Add water.  Mix well.
3.  Add wet stuff to dry stuff.  I used a spatula and stirred until it was all combined.  I sprayed a piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray and covered the dough overnight.
4.  Keep your plastic wrap!  Uncover the dough and say, “Good morning!”  Add about 1/3 cup of bread flour to the mixture until it is a more solid mass of dough capable of kneading.  Stir in well – you may need up to 1/2 cup.
5.  Now spray a 9×5 bread pan and place the dough in there.  Use that same plastic wrap (why waste?) and cover the bread dough in the bread pan for 1-3 hours.  The dough should rise above the pan.  Make sure it is nice and warm and cozy.

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6.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Remove plastic wrap.  Bake 30 minutes.  Cover with foil and bake another 30-40 minutes.
7.  Once you remove it from the oven, take a stick of butter and just move it over the top of the bread to get it wet.  Then combine your cinnamon and sugar topping and sprinkle over the top.  Let it sit and dissolve a little.
8.  After 15 minutes, remove the bread from the pan and allow to cool.  Store in an air tight container until it gets moldy. :-)  You shouldn’t eat it then.

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Recipe adapted ever so slightly from Sally’s Baking Addiction

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