Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Coach's Maple-Oatmeal Bread (and giveaway winners!)

I thought it would be appropriate to announce the winners of the Coach's Oats Trick-Or-Treat giveaway by making you sit through offering you yet another delicious recipe using said Coach's Oats. As I was doing my blog rounds last week (it's like hospital rounds but I get paid a little less,) I saw that Leslie from Lethally Delicious had made some delicious looking oatmeal bread. I sat back and tried to remember the last time I baked bread and figured out that it had been way too long. The very next day I made this bread and I just have to brag and tell you that it's one of the best breads I've ever made. Hearty and fantastic for toasting, this bread is wholesome and healthy. You're going to thank me for this one. This just may make you change your will so that I'm included. Just sayin'.

Coach's Maple-Oatmeal Bread (inspired by Lethally Delicious, heavily adapted from The Fresh Loaf)

2 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup Coach's Oats (you can use regular old-fashioned oats as well)
2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 3/4 cups unbleached bread flour, divided
2 tsp instant yeast
2 tsp salt
2 TBSP vital wheat gluten
1/3 cup dried milk powder
3/4 cup maple syrup
2 TBSP melted butter

In bowl of stand mixer, combine boiling water and oats. Cover and let sit for one hour.

In a medium sized bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the whole wheat flour, 3/4 cup of the bread flour, yeast, salt, wheat gluten and dried milk powder. Set aside.

When oats have cooled for one hour, add the maple syrup and melted butter. Add the above flour mixture and mix well with paddle attachment. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise for one hour.

Attach dough hook to mixer. (Remember, I NEVER knead by hand.) Add the remaining bread flour and knead by machine for 7-8 minutes. Dough will be slightly sticky. Spray two 9X5 bread pans with cooking spray. Grease hands, divide dough into two equal portions and shape each portion into a loaf. Place loaves into prepared pans, cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise for about an hour, or until dough crests about an inch over the top of the pans. (Optional: spray loaves with water and sprinkle with oats just before putting into oven.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place loaves in oven and bake for 40-50 minutes, rotating pans 180 degrees halfway through baking time. Remove loaves from pan and cool on cooling rack for one hour before slicing.

THAT was like making you sit through watching someone else open their presents before you could take your turn, wasn't it? Let's get on with the show and announce the Coach's Oats giveaway winners!

*IMPORTANT* All winners please contact me within 48 hours giving me the name you used to comment as well as your full name and mailing address. My email address is listed on the upper right corner of my blog under my profile. Winners were chosen by using random.org.

Comment # 39: Eula said "Wow you use oats in so many things! I would love to try some. Happy Halloween!"

Comment #27: Mandie said: "Trick or treat! I'm a long-time reader (over a year) but a first-time poster (yeah, I'm lazy). I've seen your prior posts on Coach's oatmeal but have never been able to find it. I'd love to give it a try!"

Comment #19: Nanan said: "Knock Knock Knock "Trick or Treat"!!!! I love Oats more that anything in the world! hehehehehe You are so fabulous Mags!"

Comment #10: The Mom Chef said: "I'm sending my daughter to knock on your door because she's cuter than I am and she eats oatmeal religiously. I can't believe how gorgeous those muffins were, seriously. And I had no idea about the difference toasting before cracking could make. Even if I don't win, I need to try these. Thanks dudette. Have a great weekend."

Comment #43: Tom from Philly said: "I just found your blog and like it much! TRICKER TREAT! I'd love to try those Coach's Oats.... PLEASE."

Comment #49: Ken Myers said: "I love to read your blog posts. Your witty words make for a great way to learn about your recipes! Plus, the visuals are so nice... I wanna just cut them out of my screen and eat them! I love oats, but have never tried Coach's. TRICK-OR-TREAT! Put me in the hat for a pack! Love your Blog!"

Comment #51: Frieda said: "Oats? Love 'em, any way you bake 'em. I would love to put them in a crispy, chewy oatmeal cookie..."

Comment #33: Rosemary & Garlic said: "Trick or Treat. All I ever want for Halloween is oatmeal..."

Comment #26: April in CT said: "*knock, knock* Trick or treeeeeat!!!! I had never heard of Coach's Oats until the mention of them on your blog so I'd love to try some since I haven't seen them in my area. Yay for giveaways, you rock!"

Comment #41: M.J. Jacobsen said: "I'm glad I came across your blog a couple of weeks ago, you make me laugh!! I haven't heard of Coach Oats, maybe they don't sell them on the west coast?? Soooo, knock, knock! Boooo!"

Congratulations winners!


Barbara said...

Another yummy bread, Mags!
Congratulations to the winners!

April in CT said...

Oh my, I can't believe my name is up there *shock*! Congrats to the winners!

This bread looks entirely too easy, right up my alley! This will definitely be the next bread recipe I try.

Nanan said...

That bread looks fabulous! I think that is what I will make with the oats! I am a lucky duck!

June said...

Just a question Mags - can this be made without "vital wheat gluten"? Will it make a huge difference?

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

June: You could try it without. The reason that I add it to all my bread recipes containing whole wheat flour is that it gives the dough more protein/gluten which gives it a better rise.

Mary said...

I love homemade bread... consider this bookmarked ;)

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

A Year on the Grill said...

Bread baker's of the world unite... we have nothing to lose but all those preservatives trapped in our colons!!!

Julie said...

Another beautiful bread!!! Congratulations to the winners!!!

Frieda said...

Thank you! This IS a very yummy tasting bread! I made the mistake of putting it in 3 (8x4) pans. I LOVE your ideas of adding VWG, milk, and butter to this recipe. I'll have to make this again, using your adaptations~

The Mom Chef said...

Dudette and I are doing the happy dance together. Thanks Mags! Congrats to the other winners too. And to those who want to try the oats, we can have a Coach's oatmeal raisin cookie party at my place....errr.., I mean a healthy Coach's Maple-Oatmeal Bread party. :)

Barbara Bakes said...

Sounds like a fabulous, healthy bread. I NEVER knead by hand either. lol

Sue said...

I must say that, yes, this bread looks every bit as great as you say it is!

eula said...

The bread sounds delicious! Now I can try it, thanks so much for hosting the contest! Congrats to the winners.

stephchows said...

now all i want is a nice slice of warm fresh out of the oven bread... I really should just start stocking the work kitchen with such ingredients... we do have an oven... hmmmmm

briarrose said...

Wonderful. I love oatmeal bread.

Leslie said...

Now you've done it, Mags. I'm going to have to make this again with your changes because I would love it to be whole wheat. But I have another trick up my sleeve... :-)

scrambledhenfruit said...

Your bread looks so good! Oatmeal is so good and good for you. :)

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