Oatmeal Bread (and a giveaway)

Many of you might not yet know this about me but I absolutely LOVE baking with yeast.  I find great satisfaction in taking simple ingredients such as flour, butter, water, yeast, and salt and baking them into wonderful loaves of bread or rolls.  The smell that wafts through the house when bread is baking is just intoxicating.  It is enough to lift me straight up into the air and make me float into the kitchen on a cloud.  I will admit that I mostly use my Kitchen Aid mixer to mix and knead my dough but I will definitely be using my KAF dough whisk more often. It’s unique design glides through doughs with ease.   I also think that this tool would be great for biscuits, scones, muffins, and quick breads.  I can’t wait to see all the things that I can use this whisk for!

King Arthur Flour (KAF) just so happens to be one of my favorite companies.  Not only do they offer quality flours but they also offer many other essential baking products.  Along with great products, they also provide wonderful support for all your baking questions by offering a baking hotline and an online chat feature.  They are always very helpful and they definitely know what they are talking about.

I know you are all hyped up for the giveaway but please don’t forget to scroll down and check out the recipe.  This bread is a really great (and simple) bread recipe that packs a slight hint of a nutty flavor from the oatmeal.  This bread would make some killer turkey sandwiches.  Ok, now for the fun stuff, the giveaway! 

Giveaway Details
The winner will receive one 5 pound bag of King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour and one KAF exclusive Dough Whisk -OR- one $20 virtual gift card to spend online at the KAF online store.

How to Enter
1) Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite kind of bread is.  If you don’t like bread, well then you just can’t enter.  I kid, I kid, you can still enter, just tell me your favorite color instead.

2) Become a fan of Sugared Whisk on Facebook.  Come back and leave an additional comment letting me know when you have done so.

3) Become a fan of King Arthur Flour on Facebook, sing up for their newsletter (link in bottom right corner of the page), or join their online baking community.  Come back and leave an additional comment letting me know when you have done one or all of the above.

The Nitty Gritty
-There is a maximum of three entries per person.  Note – one comment counts as one entry, in order to get three entries you must leave three separate comments.
-Giveaway will be open until midnight (eastern time) Sunday November 20th, 2011.  A winner will be chosen at random and announced Monday November 21st.  The winner will be emailed on Monday therefore a valid email address with your comment would be greatly appreciated.
This giveaway is sponsored by the wonderful people at King Arthur Flour

This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you to all who have entered.  The winner of this giveaway is…

Melissa,  “After reading the other comments, I would have to say that I can’t think of any breads I DON’T like! Oh wait… not a fan of rye bread. Yuck!”

Congratulations Melissa,  I will be contacting you shortly.


Oatmeal Toasting and Sandwich Bread

3 cups King Arthur unbleached bread flour
1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned oats)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons brown sugar or honey
2 teaspoons instant yeast OR 1 packet active dry yeast*
1 1/4 cups lukewarm milk

*If you use active dry yeast, dissolve it in the warm milk before combining with the remaining ingredients.

In a large mixing bowl, or in the bowl of an electric mixer, combine all of the ingredients, mixing to form a shaggy dough. Knead dough, by hand (10 minutes) or by machine (5 minutes) till it’s smooth. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and allow it to rest for 1 hour; it’ll become quite puffy, though it may not double in bulk. Shape as directed below.

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled surface, and shape it into a log. Place the log in a lightly greased 9″ x 5″ loaf pan, cover the pan (with an acrylic proof cover, or with lightly greased plastic wrap), and allow the dough to rise for 60 to 90 minutes, till it’s crested 1″ to 2″ over the rim of the pan.

Bake the bread in a preheated 350°F oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 190°F. If the bread appears to be browning too quickly, tent it with aluminum foil for the final 10 minutes of baking.

~Yields 1 loaf~

Recipe from King Arthur Flour

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