Monday, January 13, 2014

Our Daily Bread

I have one thing that I make that is extraordinary. One single recipe that is mine and that I am truly proud of. 

My Honey Oatmeal Whole Wheat Bread. 

Give us this day our daily bread.

Making all of our bread has taught me something significant about this bit of the "Our Father" (as Laine calls it...good little Methodist?).  In these words there is more of patience than demand, there is more of faith than expectation and there is more of nourishment than gratification. 

Bread: the stuff of, gentle, flavorful and temporary.  God provides for our needs when we are needy. God provides healing when we are hurt. The troubling thing is that God never promises us we will never be hungry or angry or lost.

The other day Laine asked me if we would never cry in heaven or if there would always be someone there to wipe our tears away.  I didn't know. I still don't. 

I promise that I would be glad to have some of my tears wiped away, but I can't imagine a place with no tears. Some days the tears help me know I haven't gone numb. So, yes, Laine. I think heaven will be a place where there will always be someone to wipe your tears away. 

And for now my prayer is for just enough for this day: enough wits, enough love, enough hope and enough rest. 

My daily bread. 

My Honey Oatmeal Whole Wheat Bread. 

3 tsp rapid rise yeast (this is what I use because it keeps and it's cheap and I use a ton...feel free to use Active Dry...)
6 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp salt

Mix together in a large bowl. I use a stand mixer. 


1 cup oatmeal (already cooked...I use leftovers from breakfast)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup honey
1 egg (duck eggs if you can get them)
1 3/4 cups very warm water

Mix together until the flour is all worked in. 

Knead for five minutes (on "2" in my stand mixer) or by hand until elastic. This dough stays a bit sticky, but you should be able to handle it without too much mess. 

Cover and allow to rise for 2 hours. 

Deflate and allow to rise for 1 hour. 

Deflate, shape into 2 loaves and allow to rise for 1 hour in greased loaf pans.  I use stoneware pans and truly love them. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. 

Enjoy. Daily.  

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