I know it's been a while, but I'm still here! And I have a few new things to share later thanks to time spent with a dear friend. This simple bread was dense and delicious. I bet you have everything you need already. The trick is to start the bread, then make applesauce while it's cooking and have a softened chunk of butter waiting nearby when both are done baking/cooking. YUM!
1 1/4 cups warm water
2 tsp active dry yeast (one packet)
1 Tbsp honey
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp butter, melted, for brushing
In a medium bowl, sprinkle the yeast onto the warm water and stir until the yeast dissolves. Stir in the honey and set aside for a few minutes, until the yeast blooms and swells a bit; 5-10 minutes.
In the meantime, mix the flours, oats, and salt in a large bowl. Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir very well.
Brush a 8-cup loaf pan generously with some of the melted butter. Turn the dough into the pan, cover with a clean, slightly damp cloth, and set in a warm place for 30 minutes, to rise. (this is when you can start the applesauce!)
Preheat the oven to 350, with a rack in the middle. When ready, bake the bread for 35-40 minutes, until golden and pulling away from the sides of the pan. I finish things up be leaving the bread under the broiler for just a heartbeat - to give the top a bit deeper color. Remove from oven, and turn the bread out of the pan quickly. Let it cool on a rack so it doesn't steam in the pan. Serve warm.
Makes one loaf.