Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Oatmeal Bread with Cinnamon & Raisins (Mellow Bakers: August)
I was in the mood for a sweeter bread today, and since August is nearly over, I thought I'd get in one last Mellow Baker's bread from August's list. I still hope to try the Black Bread, but that'll have to wait for now.
It feels a little awkward posting today, as I've not done one in a number of weeks. I'm very sad to say that we lost our 12 yr old golden retriever, Tucker, a few weeks back and that is the reason for my temporary absence. Its been really hard for Dean and I thru this, as Tucker was such an integral part of our lives and just like our child. I will miss my sous chef incredibly, but in my mind I will always have him lying on the floor beside me, encouraging me thru my baking adventures.
My husband encouraged me to not give up the blog just yet, so here I am posting about this wonderful bread I made today. I just consumed one of the cinnamon buns, and it was so worth the effort to make these this afternoon. I cut Hamelman's recipe from page 236 in his book, Bread, in half and made a medium loaf (8 1/2 X 4-in pan) with 1.5 lbs of dough, and 4 cinnamon buns with the 14 ounces left. I decided I wanted an added bonus from making this recipe, in that I got an afternoon snack.
I wanted a cinnamon-sugar swirl in my bread, but I didn't want my raisins falling out of the swirl, so I decided to incorporate the raisins into my dough. Also, for the dough I made my usual change in that I used King Arthur's Baker's Special Dry Milk plus water in place of the milk called for. I incorporated that change into the recipe for the Oatmeal Bread, which is now in our regular rotation, and it seems to work well. I decreased the yeast percentage used to 2% as well, since I wasn't going to incorporate the cinnamon into the dough.
I was so pleased that I was able to get 4 buns out of my leftover piece of dough. Perfect!! Three for me, one for hubby. Oops, sorry! That's 2 for me, 2 for hubby. I think I will save my other one for breakfast and heat it up in the oven. I placed the four buns in my smaller 8-in round pan, instead of on a large sheet pan, so that I could fit both the loaf pan and the buns onto the same oven shelf. I baked them at 350° with the buns finishing in ~25 min. and the loaf in about 34 minutes. The heated cinnamon-sugar smell filled the whole house as they baked. Aaaaah, it was wonderful.
After letting the buns cool for 10 minutes in the pan, I made up a smidgen of glaze to drizzle on them. I used maybe a third cup of confectioners sugar, a little warmed milk, and 1 drop of my favorite secret flavoring,
That's all for this time and hopefully I'll see you in September :) Don't forget to visit mellow bakers to see all the wonderful breads baked in August.