Wednesday, March 18

Oatmeal bread recipe

I don't buy bread. I make bread everyday. I used to make it by hand but then I had kids and that just became too much work... enter the bread machine. I did the math and converted my recipe for the bread machine. (I'll post how to convert recipes some time next week.... promise. Scratch that I have posted it here!)

The recipe cost me 15 to 17 cents per loaf. This does not include power. If I include power I think ti came out to 20 to 23 cent per loaf back in 2005 when I got the machine. So we are talking cheap here... very cheap. Now note: I by ALL ingredients in bulk at Sam's Club. That means I buy 50 pounds of flour (Used up in 3 months) at a time and 5 gallons of olive oil at a time (used up in 5 months).

The reason I make oatmeal bread is because oatmeal is a whole grain and it the cheapest whole grain you can buy!

Oatmeal bread (2 pound loaf)

  • 1 cup oatmeal (Quick Oats)
  • 3 cups flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup dried milk
  • 1/8 cup sugar (you can sub honey or molasses but will not get as big a loaf due to it not rising as well)
  • 2 table spoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 packet of yeast (or if you buy yeast in bulk like me 1/2 table spoon)
Put all wet ingredients first followed by all dry ingredients. Put on either whole grain setting or normal bread setting (you might need to experiment to see which works better...).

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Aunt Kathy said...

I used to make bread by hand, I'd love a bread machine someday

Gardner Family said...

I can't wait to try this recipe. We love home made bread.

Ruth Saves $ said...

Sounds like a fabulous way to use the 100+ lbs of oats I have in storage! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

It looks really good, but I've never seen a recipe with so much powdered milk, is that right- one cup?

MamaMay said...

yes, it really is 1 cup. I actually just kept adding dried milk until it could bear no more. said...

I don't have a bread machine. How can I do it without one?

MamaMay said...

The way I did it when we didn't have a bread machine was to put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and then make a well. Put all wet ingredients in well. I would then use my hands to mix and then knead like you would any other bread. You will need extra flour or oats to for the kneading. I think extra oats looks nicer in the bread but it is up to you. I ususally shape at this point and then let rise until 2 times in size. Then bake at 350-375 F for 40 to 45 minutes.