Honey-Oatmeal Wheat Bread

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I have to say I think I've found the perfect sandwich bread. Half-whole wheat, sweetened just slightly with molasses and honey, lightened with oats, and perfectly sliceable. Makes two loaves - eat one and freeze or gift the other. If freezing, slice first so you can toast individual slices, and wrap in aluminum foil.

2  cups  warm water (100° to 110°)
3  tablespoons  molasses
1  (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast
3  cups  all-purpose flour, divided
2 1/2  cups  whole wheat flour
1  cup  uncooked regular oats
1  tablespoon  salt - yes, really a tablespoon
1/4  cup  honey
3  tablespoons  olive oil
up to 6  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
Vegetable cooking spray
Prep: 25 min.; Stand: 5 min.; Rise: 1 hr., 45 min.; Bake: 35 min.

Combine first 3 ingredients in a 2-cup glass measuring cup; let yeast mixture stand 5 minutes.

Combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, oats, and salt.

Beat yeast mixture, 1 cup all-purpose flour, honey, and olive oil at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until well blended (or with a wooden spoon, which works fine). Gradually add whole wheat flour mixture, beating at low speed until a soft dough forms.

Turn out dough onto a well-floured surface, and knead 9 minutes, adding additional all-purpose flour (up to 6 tablespoons) as needed. Don't add too much here, the dough should be slightly sticky. Place dough in a large bowl sprayed with cooking spray, turning to grease top of dough.

Cover bowl of dough with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Punch down dough, and divide in half. Roll each portion into a 13- x 8-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Roll up each dough rectangle, starting at 1 short side, jelly-roll fashion; pinch ends to seal. Place loaves, seam sides down, into 2 (8 1/2- x 4 1/2-inch) loaf pans sprayed with cooking spray.

Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until almost doubled in bulk. Remove and discard plastic wrap.

Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped and are golden. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove loaves from pans, and cool on wire racks.

Makes 2 loaves, 12 slices per loaf (serving size: 1 slice)

Calories:150 (14% from fat)
Fat: 2.4g (sat 0.3g,mono 1.4g,poly 0.4g)
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