Since I had a jar of maple butter I decided to make a great bread to go along with it. This bread has a really nice maple flavor that makes the kitchen smell great while it’s cooking. Maple syrup is used in the dough and the loaf is topped with rolled oats and brown sugar. This is a yeast bread so it takes a little more time to prepare. It’s also important to incorporate the flour gradually so the dough can rise properly. The bread was really tasty fresh out of the oven and even better with the maple butter.
Maple Oat Bread
(Makes 1 Loaf)
- 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons hot water
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup butter (melted)
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 3/4 cups bread flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- small handful rolled oats
- Mix the hot water, oats, maple syrup, butter, salt and cinnamon in a bowl.
- Add yeast and stir.
- Mix in the flour one cup at a time, stirring after each cup until the mixture has formed a soft dough.
- Knead the dough for 10 minutes.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover and let it rise to double its size, about 80 minutes.
- Deflate the dough and place in a greased loaf pan, cover and let it rise over the edge for another 80 minutes.
- Brush the top with water and sprinkle with the oats and brown sugar.
- Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 35-40 minutes. Cover in foil after the first 15 minutes to prevent burning.
- Let cool for 5 minutes before slicing.