Honey-Oatmeal Whole Wheat Bread (4)

This is our current stand-by bread.

2 cups water
1/2 stick butter
2 1/4 t salt
1/3 c honey (or white or brown sugar)
3/4 c oatmeal
1/8 c vital wheat gluten
1 1/2 c bread flour
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 T yeast
2 eggs

Microwave water and butter on high for 2 minutes.  Meanwhile, mix salt, sugar, oatmeal, flour and yeast.  Add eggs – mix.  While the mixer is going, slowly add the water/butter mix, and mix until combined.

Put bread hook on mixer and knead for 10 minutes, adding enough bread flour so that the dough doesn’t stick to the bowl.  After kneading, cover and let rise 1 hour.  Divide into 2 loaves and put in prepared pans.  Raise, lightly covered for 30-60 minutes, until double.

Bake at 350 for 25-30ish minutes.  Cool on rack.

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