Sunday, August 29, 2010

Let Them Eat Cake?

Marie Antoinette is reported to have replied, "let them eat cake", when told the people had no bread to eat. There is some controversy over that. Some suggesting the translation of "cake" was not the traditional word for cake, gateau, but rather, brioche, a butter-rich fancy bread.
Well, whatever . . .

If you, like me, rarely have baked sweets in the house—cakes, cookies, pies, etc., then, like me, you might find a dense loaf of oatmeal bread, enriched with full cream butter and sweetened with a bit of raw honey, to be a sweet treat to be savored and treated like cake.

This tender loaf is particularly good thickly sliced, then toasted, or thinly sliced for a sandwich. Even better yet, slather it with a bit of all fruit jam or marmalade accompanied by a hot cup of tea.

Truthfully, as soon as it was cool enough to cut, I ate two slices with nothing on it. The rich moist lightly sweetened dense crumb seemed like cake to me.

Oatmeal Toasting & Sandwich Bread

(Adapted from King Arthur Flour)

3 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned oats)
2 TBS butter
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 TBS brown sugar or honey
2 tsp instant yeast OR 1 packet active dry yeast
1 1/4 cups lukewarm milk (I used almond milk)
3/4 cup raisins (optional)

For complete baking instructions, check out the original recipe at the source.

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