Tuesday, December 17, 2013

To Warm Friends......Apple Cider Oatmeal Bread

To Warm Friends! Apple Cider Oatmeal Bread

I originally made this bread in late November on a cold, snowy day. I posted a pic of it on the EZ DOH Facebook page, along with a creamy bowl of soup I had made. It was a warm, comforting meal that my hubby and I enjoyed together as we sat in our cozy home and watched the snow fall.

I'm now posting this recipe in memory of a friend's mother, who passed this week. I've been watching posts on Facebook from my friend as she has walked through the past two difficult months. Her posts have been full of wonderful memories and pictures of family. Anyone reading them could tell of the great love and affection they all share. In November, my friend took the time to comment on EZ DOH's pic of this bread, stating how she'd love the recipe. Today, I'm sharing it, because it reminds me of her family....warm, inviting, comforting, beautifully scented.....To you, Mel!

Apple Cider Oatmeal Bread
¾ Cup apple cider (or apple juice)                                            
1 packet/Tbsp. Red Star Platinum yeast 
½ Cup applesauce
1 Tbsp. butter                                                                        3 Cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1/3 Cup dry oatmeal                                                              1 Tbsp. Brown sugar
1 tsp. salt                                                                              ¼ tsp. apple pie spice

Warm apple cider/juice in microwave for 15-20 seconds. Pour into EZ DOH bucket. Add yeast and dissolve. Let rest 1 minute. Add 1 cup of flour, then remaining ingredients. EZ DOH-it for 2-3 minutes, or until dough is smooth. Remove dough from bucket. Spray bucket lightly with cooking spray. Return dough to bucket and let rise until doubled.

Punch down the dough and roll into rectangle. Roll up, tuck in ends of roll and place in an 8.5x4” bread pan. Let rise until dough rises above the pan. Bake at 375 for 35-45 minutes or until nicely browned and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pan and let cool on rack for at least 15 minutes until cool. 


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