Today was a day of making something out of (seemingly) nothing for me. Things have been a bit tight around here due to the wonderful holidays we all just survived yet again. After finishing off the last of my curried forage concoction (the meal I made a few days ago using almost all local foraged vegetables) I realized I didn't have much of anything else in the house to eat for the next time my tummy got rumbly.
Now of course I could head over to the grocery store, throw down a credit card, and eat till my hearts content...but that would be way too easy. So instead I decided to scrape together every little thing in my kitchen and see what I could, if anything, come up with.
Looking in my pantry and realized "gezz, there's really not much in here. BUT I DO HAVE FLOUR!" Ahh good ol flour, you never fail me. Bread would be a perfect way to stretch out what little ingredients I have into something delicious, filling, and hopefully a little healthy too. I gathered up what I had left in oats, and the small bag of nuts that was given to me by my housemate and pressed on.
Here's the bread recipe I came up with:
Nutty Oat Bread
2 1/2 tsp active yeast
1 1/3 cup lukewarm water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
2 1/2 cup white flour (this is all I had but feel free to use whole wheat)
3/4 cup mixed nuts & seeds
1 tsp salt
Dissolve the honey and yeast in the warm water. Wait a couple of minuets for the yeast to start bubbling or looking a bit "fuzzy". Add the rest of the ingredients and mix till the dough starts to leave the sides of the bowl. Oil your work surface and hands then kneed the dough 6-8 min. Transfer dough back into mixing bowl, cover, and allow the dough to rise in a warm spot for about 1 hour.
Back on your oiled work surface, shape the dough into a log about the length of your baking pan then place it on in the pan. Cover lightly and let the dough rise for another hour or until it rises about one inch above the edge of the pan.
Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for about 40 minuets. If the bread is looking browned at this point, tent it with some alum foil and bake for another 20 min.
This bread came out amazing, I took the biggest bite my mouth would allow.
I'm definitely going to make it again.