Thursday, March 22, 2012

Good Food: Oatmeal Whole Wheat Quick Bread

I am having a hard time writing this post right now. Literally. I can't put down this piece of bread long enough to manage typing with more than one hand.

This is by far, hands down the EASIEST and QUICKEST bread recipe you will EVER find. I'm not talking quick like mix the ingredients together and then let it sit for some obscene amount of time like 18 hours (because let's be honest, when my family needs bread, we NEED it. NOW.) I'm talking 25-30 minutes TOTAL. Start to finish. No needing, no rising. It's really remarkable and should probably have a different name like "Miracle Bread."

Part of my gushing is a result of a long (and unresolved) conflict with my bread machine. The other part is a result of a long (and unresolved) passion for things involving carbs and butter.

I don't think this bread would be great for sandwiches (meaning the bread machine battle still really needs to come to an end), but it IS great for a last-minute side for dinner, or when you just want that delicious smell of fresh bread to fill your house (good news for my latter conflict).

So here you go. In the amount of time it has taken you to read this post, you could already have a loaf in the oven.

Oatmeal Whole Wheat Quick Bread
via New Nostalgia

1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I used olive oil, the original author used coconut oil. It's such a small amount I think you could probably use anything.)
1 cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees

2. Grind oatmeal in a food processor or blender.  In a large bowl, combine oatmeal, flour, baking powder and salt.  In a separate bowl, dissolve honey in oil, then stir in the milk (if using coconut oil you may need to microwave).  Combine both mixtures and stir until a soft dough is formed.  Form the dough into a ball (I had to add a bit more flour) and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet.

I do NOT recommend having your 2-year-old form the ball.

3. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until bottom of loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

THAT'S IT! I'm not kidding. I would not joke about something like this.

Oh, and did I mention that it is also delicious?


Sarah said...

oh. WOW!! totally trying this!

laura b. said...

I love the pic of Maggie. Some of my favs are when you can capture their movement in a photo.