Here is a recipe that combines two wonderful kitchen smells, oats and yeast. After watching the Good Eats episode entitled "Oat Cuisine II", I was looking forward to giving this leftover oatmeal bread recipe a try. He takes 12 ounces of leftover oatmeal and turns it into a beautiful loaf of bread. This is a great way to prevent leftover oatmeal from going in the garbage. Below you will find my notes from my experience with this recipe. For the full recipe, click here to be taken to the Food Network website.
1. The amount of moisture in the dough can be different for each person. It all depends on wet or dry your oatmeal is. I found that I needed to add a little more water to my dough because it was too dry. Weather has an impact on baking so if you fell something is too dry or too wet, adjust accordingly but do so in small amounts.
2. If you make up the dough from your morning's breakfast, it will be ready to bake for dinner time.
3. Checking the internal temperature is the best way to know the loaf is done. My thermometer is currently not functioning so I had to just go by the baking time Alton gave while factoring in how the bread looks and sounded when I tapped it.
4. My loaf didn't end up rising as well as Alton's did. I am getting near the bottom of my jar of yeast so that could be a factor. Or maybe my kneading wasn't enough. I find anytime I do a yeast bread the first time, it usually doesn't rise as much as I desire.
Overall, this recipe creates a rich and nutty loaf of bread. The health benefits from the oats make this bread an even better decision, not too much the great oat flavor.
Recipe Grade: A-