I was surfing the web for oatmeal pancakes yesterday and found a keeper recipe at Smitten Kitchenthat uses homemade oat flour…what a revelation. Deb always has great recipes with DIY tips in her witty blogs. So this recipe for Oatmeal Bread is inspired by made-from-scratch oatmeal pancakes.
I love to bake bread but I hate to knead dough so my food processor really gets a workout…it does such a good job of kneading in half the time. I’m sure you can find oat flour at better grocery stores and probably pay plenty for it. Its like buying almond flour versus making your own from blanched almonds. Your food processor will do the job for a lot less and the results are pretty comparable to store bought. All that is required is Quick Cooking Oats, not Instant Oatmeal. Whirl them in your food processor until they’re the consistency desired…not too fine but not too course. Of-course, if you want a finer texture you can always use a coffee grinder. If you don’t like the results, you can always make oatmeal pancakes or an oatmeal bath balm.
This bread is healthy with plenty of fibre from the whole wheat and oat flours plus its moist with a tender crumb and nutty flavor. It toasts beautifully and makes a tasty pallet for hot or cold sandwiches. Think roast beef and mustard…with a beer!!