Monday, November 16, 2009

Coloring Outside the Lines....

...or, I can't even make a stinkin' schedule right.

When I was a child, my most treasured possession was my box of 64 Crayolas. I colored the pictures, and drew more background around them as I felt necessary. Well, that's exactly what happened to Saturday night's dinner - the first night of the schedule! Argh!

I planned to make Cuban bread, and did. But I really hate all that salt, so I also decided it would be a great night to try out an oatmeal bread recipe I'd found. It was light, it was fluffy, it was wonderful; my dearly beloved didn't even try it, although the little boys raved about it. I did have Cuban bread left over, but no oatmeal bread.
The recipe is modified from the Farmer's bread cookbook I found at the used book sale back in April.


2/3 cup warm milk
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup quick cook oats
1/4 cup water

3 tsp yeast
2 cups flour
1 tbsp butter

In a 2 cup measuring pitcher, stir together the first 4 ingredients, and let them sit for a few minutes. Meanwhile, put the water in your bread machine container or mixer bowl, sprinkle the yeast over top, add the flour and butter, then scrape the oat mix into it. Proceed as
with all other breads. Pour into a well greased loaf pan, and brush the top with 2 tbsp milk stirred with 1/2 tsp sugar. Let rise until doubled, bake at 375F for about 28 minutes, and let it cool a few minutes, because it will be much too soft to cut.

And, while we're in the messed-up schedule confession mode, I discovered last night that I had no turkey left. So, last night was changed to hm, and Thursday will be a chicken thing of some sort. I didn't really need indecision this week!


Mickle in NZ said...

What a brilliant switch around for the bread. I'm absolutely convinced further switches will work.

Alternatively those college and post grad sproglets can get up of their bums and bloody well learn to cook the supper Thanks Day Turk.

Suggest attack the beaties with the Spatch cock method, then cook untilt the meat suits you too

Grace said...

what a lovely, fluffy texture! i wanted to use an adjective different from what you used to describe it, but fluffy just about sums it up. perhaps cloud-like or soft. regardless, it looks terrific!

Channon said...

We generally eat on the fly at our house, but with just two adults, that's an entirely different situation!

Paula said...

You know what I love about all of your breads? How perfectly they slice ... no squishing, no tearing, just lovely, straight slices (and wedges)! I would enjoy the oatmeal bread, especially with that hint of brown sugar! :-)

Katherine Aucoin said...

I'm all about that oatmeal bread! I definitelyhave to try it.

Don't beat yourself up for being off schedule. I honestly don't know how you do it and I know you're going to sneak in and sew a dress to wear for Thanksgiving while you're baking and cooking and home schooling!

Pam said...

I think the oatmeal bread sounds fantastic - I can't believe your honey didn't try it.

I loved my 64 box of crayons too - they were my very favorite!

The Blonde Duck said...

I would eat your oatmeal bread!

Tatersmama said...

It all sounds good, because sometimes a girl's just gotta do what a girl's gotta do... I can't believe your honey didn't try ther bread though.
Silly man.

But now you have me nostalgic for MY Crayola crayons!
The feeling of having a brand new box with all those beautiful colors at your disposal, along with the new box 'smell'? Heavenly!

Jan Mader said...

We eat on the fly too. However, just stopping by your blog makes me want to slow down and get back in the kitchen!

Pam said...

Schedules are mere guidelines.

noble pig said...

I want it all slathered with butter.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Noble Pig...........slathered it with butter and serve me up some or just serve me up some and I'll be the judge of how much better;)

Claire S. said...

Ha ! We all know what happens when you try to make a plan ! The oatmeal bread looks wonderful - my hunny won't try it either - he only likes the white processed stuff. You shoulda saw his face when I started buying the 'smart' bread, the extra fibre white bread LOL :-)

buffalodick said...

My favorite line from "Mad Max- Beyond The Thunder Dome" "Plan? There ain't no plan!"... Bread looked great, as usual!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'll never tell if I was the collaborator of not of the blood sentence