October 9, 2009

Breakfast Bread with Dried Fruit, Almonds and Oatmeal

This is really a good breakfast bread, nice toasted to bring out the flavors a bit more.

Breakfast Bread with Dried Fruit, Almonds and Oatmeal

1 1/3 cups water
2 tsp. yeast
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup oats
3 Tbsp. butter, softened
3 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
3 1/4 cups bread flour
1/2 cup dried fruit bits
1/2 cup slivered almonds

Heat water until warm, between 105ºF and 115ºF. Pour into warmed mixing bowl, and add yeast and oats. Let stand 5 minutes. Add butter, sugar, salt and half the bread flour. Beat well. Cover and let stand 15 minutes.

Slowly add remaining bread flour. Mix until dough forms. Knead on medium speed until dough is smooth and springy but soft to the touch. Knead in fruit bits and almonds. Cover and let rise one hour.

Punch down dough, and divide into 2 to 3 loaves. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 to 60 minutes. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Glaze loaves with egg and water wash and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar just prior to baking. Bake 35 to 45 minutes until loaves are golden. Cool on wire rack.

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