Promoting Canadian Oats

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Don’t be intimidated by yeast bread. Although it requires some time and patience, once you get the hang of it, you’ll never go back to store bought bread. 

Ingredients

1 cup (240 mL) boiling water
1 cup (90 grams) whole oats
1/4 cup (50 grams) brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup (60 grams) butter
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon dry active yeast
1 1/2 cups (180 grams) oat flour*
4 cups (500 grams) bread 

*To make oat flour, put 2 cups of whole oats in a blender and blend for 2-3 minutes, until you have a fine flour.

Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the water, oats, brown sugar, honey, butter, and salt. Let cool to lukewarm, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Add the yeast and flours, stirring to form a rough dough. Knead by hand for about 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and shiny. 
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover the bowl with lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour, or until almost doubled in size.
  4. Divide the dough in half, then shape each half into a loaf. Place the loaves in two greased 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" bread pans.
  5. Cover the pans with a clean kitchen towel and allow the loaves to rise for 60 to 90 minutes, until they have risen just above the edge of the pans.
  6. Bake the loaves in a preheated 350°F (190°c) oven for 35 to 40 minutes, covering them lightly with aluminum foil after 25 minutes, to prevent over-browning. Remove them from the oven when they're golden brown. Let loaves cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting. 
  7. Enjoy your homemade bread! 

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