As the saying goes, we’ve saved the best for last. If you read Chef Alekka’s interview you know by now that her mother’s homemade bread is one of her all-time favorites and we’re so excited that she let us share it with you!
Chef Alekka says, “I grew up eating this bread. My Mom has been making this recipe for over 40 years and I always ask her to make it for me when I go home. The hardest part was getting the exact measurement from her. My Mom has made this so many times she does not need to measure ingredients- she does it by look and feel.”
Mom’s Oat and Molasses Bread
Yield: 2 loaves
4 ½ cups Bread Flour–may need more depending on the humidity in your area
1 Cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
2 Cups just boiled water
¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp dried ground ginger
½ cup unsulfured molasses
1 tsp kosher salt
1 large egg, beaten
2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast (and ¼ cup warm water)
1. Place the oats in a large bowl and pour hot water over the oats to soften–let sit until cool. Meanwhile in a separate bowl proof the yeast in water and add the molasses.
2. When the oats are cool, add the molasses-yeast mixture. Stir in the beaten egg and salt.
3. Place entire mixture in a standing mixer with a dough hook and start on a low mixing speed. Add the flour I cup at a time until dough comes together and is no longer sticky.
4. Place dough in a bowl coated with oil and cover with a damp towel. Place in the warmest part of your kitchen and let rise until doubled in size.
5. After the dough has doubled in size punch it down and knead it by hand with any remaining flour or additional flour until it’s no longer sticky.
6. Divide and shape the dough into two loaves and place into two standard loaf pans that have been sprayed with pan release.
7. Cover the pans with a damp towel and let rise until doubled in size again.
8. Pre-Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
9. Bake the bread for 40-45 minutes until nicely golden brown and listen for that hollow sound when you tap ‘em.
It was so great featuring Chef Alekka, get in contact with her for more great recipes and visit her shop Give Me Some Sugar if you happen to be in the Chicago area!
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