I've been playing with recipes ever since you so nicely shared yours with me a couple of weeks ago. I made four or five of the recipes, and then came up with one that combines a little something from each of them and the rising/baking method I learned (and modified a bit) from the awesome awesome awesome awesome River Cottage Family Cookbook and use for my own loaves. I have been making a loaf of this every couple of days for our sandwiches and toast. In fact [munch munch] I'm eating a piece of toast with a weensy bit of spun honey right now as we speak and . . . hold on [puts toast down] . . . mmm [brushes off hands] . . . yum. Good. I love it. Okay. Here's mine.
Alicia's Version of Oatmeal Bread
1 1/4 c. warm water (110 degrees F)
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 packet or 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 1/2 c. all-purpose or bread flour
1 c. whole-wheat flour
3/4 c. rolled oats
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons soft butter or olive oil
In a large (2 cup) measuring cup, add brown sugar to warm water. Stir to dissolve. Add yeast and stir, then set the timer for 5 minutes so the yeast can proof. While that's happening, stir the all-purpose flour, wheat flour, oats, salt, and butter or oil together in a large bowl (or the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer with the bread hook attached). When the yeast has proofed, add the yeasty-sugary water to the flour mixture a bit at a time and work it all together until you have a shaggy lump of dough. Knead, either by hand on a floured board or by KitchenAid, for 10 minutes.
Shape the dough into a ball, put it back in the bowl, cover it with a damp dishtowel, and leave it to rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours. It should double in size. Punch it down, then knead it a few times on a floured board, then shape it into a long sausage shape and stick it in a 9" x 5" well-oiled loaf pan. Cover it with the dishtowel again and let it rise for 1/2 hour. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place the pan in the oven and set the timer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn the oven down to 400 degrees F. Set the timer for another 15 minutes (if it's getting too dark put a piece of tinfoil loosely over it). Take the bread out and turn it out of its pan and tap it on its bottom. If it sounds hollow, it's done! Let it cool on a wire rack and then make a turkey sandwich with it and watch Judge Judy. That's what I do, anyway. I'm totally into all things courtroom now.