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Maple Oatmeal Breakfast Bread

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maple oat bread

Breakfast is easily my favorite meal of the day. Unless dessert is a meal.

I love breakfast for lots of reasons. Some of them include waffles with whipped cream. Or “Ah-lah-modey”. Other reasons have to do with coffee, eggs, breakfast potatoes. Don’t even get me started on biscuits or cinnamon rolls.

But I have to say that one of my very favorite things about breakfast is that I don’t have to talk my children into eating it (except when I make these Oat Nutty Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes – Evan doesn’t like them. Because his taste buds are deranged). So here’s the deal: I cook. Every night. I think I’m pretty decent at it… unless all of my family and friends have carefully constructed a very elaborate lie that includes all of you. Gah. That would be weird, right? One of you would tell me I hope.

Okay, so DINNER. I cook the food, I set the table, I call the family, we all sit down. I’m going to take a wild guess and say that 4 out of 7 days one or the other of my boys has to be coaxed into eating his meal. It. Drives. Me. Crazy. We’re eating good food over here!

Evan tries to pick out every shred of seasoning – today he was totally offended by cilantro. He spends mealtimes dissecting food, searching for things like green peppers and red onions. Andrew, to be fair, has gotten much better about this with age. But he still has major aversions to all beans (unless they are in chili), shrimp (unless it’s shrimp cocktail or fried), and mushrooms (unless nothing- he hates them).

making maple oat bread

Breakfast presents NONE of these problems. No matter what I put on the table at breakfast, the little boys are all about it. Maybe pickiness expands as the day wears on? Maybe they’re still asleep when I feed them at 6:15 a.m.? Whatever the rhyme or reason, in the morning I never have to tell them to finish their food 14 times. It’s such a relief.

Most days my breakfast is cereal. Or oatmeal with fruit. Lots of days I call a banana + coffee breakfast. I started making this bread last month, and it has quickly become my favorite breakfast staple. It’s great fresh from the oven. But if you don’t feel like baking for two hours before you eat the first meal of the day, it’s still great the day after, toasted, with a little bit of butter and way too much blackberry jam.

P.S. The power just inexplicably went out … what in the world.

how to make easy oat bread

This bread is fantastic covered in peanut butter and sliced bananas. It makes THE BEST cinnamon toast. Slice it up and soak it in custardy goodness for french toast? Amazing. Mapley bacon and egg sandwiches? Yessssss. Oh! In one of those breakfast casseroles that calls for cubes of bread? I just thought of that. Just right this minute.

Do power outages boost creativity?

knead the dough

I call this “breakfast bread” because it’s a little bit cinnamony and a little bit sweet with lots of earthy whole wheat and oatmeal goodness. Not that it wouldn’t easily pair up with sliced turkey breast, a big leaf of lettuce, and a cranberry spread… wow. My mind just totally went to a Thanksgiving place…

ready to rise

But really this bread is suited for breakfast. Slice it thin. Dip it in egg.

Your kids won’t complain about a thing.

maple breakfast bread

Except maybe the egg.

breakfast bread

Maple Oatmeal Breakfast Bread (adapted from THIS recipe at King Arthur Flour)

2 cups boiling water

1 cup old fashioned oats

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon honey

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon instant dry yeast

1 1/2 cups bread flour

4 cups whole wheat flour

In a large bowl, combine the boiling water, old fashioned oats, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, butter, salt, and cinnamon. Stir, set the bowl aside, and let the oatmeal mixture cool to lukewarm.

When the oat mix has cooled, stir in the yeast and then the flours with a sturdy wooden spoon until a shaggy dough forms. On a clean work surface, knead the dough for about 10 minutes, dusting the surface with bread flour occasionally if the dough gets too sticky. The dough will be smooth and a bit satiny. Form a ball and transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl (butter, cooking spray, a bit of olive oil- whatever suits), cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for 1 hour.

Grease two 8 1/2 X 4 1/2 loaf pans (you can use a larger loaf pan but your bread won’t be as tall). Divide the risen dough in half, shape into two loaves, and situate the dough in the prepared loaf pans. Cover each pan loosely with GREASED plastic wrap and let the dough rise for another hour, or until it’s about an inch above the rim of the pan.

Preheat the oven to 350.

When the dough has risen, uncover and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the loaves from the oven when they are golden brown. Let the bread cool slightly before turning out of the pans. Slice with a sharp serrated knife to avoid smushing your pretty bread.

This bread is best served warm, but it will keep, wrapped tightly, for up to a week (if it lasts that long).


Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

September 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm

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  1. Like, your mom just called to make sure I hadn’t spilled the beans. Ha. But seriously, King Arthur has the best products and some awesome recipes and you can order all their stuff from their website if your grocery doesn’t have it (which is a problem even here in Wilmington). I have a bread problem so I will make this only when I can give most of it away;)


    September 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    • Hahaha… that would be crazy weird though, right? It makes me kind of paranoid.
      I LOVE King Arthur flour. Their website is straight up awesome. The ecipes never fail me. Even the recipes on the back of the flour bags are good. I can reliably find this whole wheat flour, but things like white wheat are harder to come by in my rural non-oasis. The website is soooo great for that, too. I also have a bread problem (hellooo two recipes in about a week and more waiting to be posted), but it’s cool. I’m at peace with it.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      September 19, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      • Yeah, KAF actually TESTS their recipes to ensure they work before publishing them. Imagine! I love their bread flours…try the 00 Italian style flour sometime…THAT will give you a bread hangover:)


        September 19, 2012 at 10:28 pm

  2. I have got to try this. It looks amazing Heather!

    Simply Tia

    September 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm

  3. Oh yeah, other than baking cookies, I don’t have the whole kids pallette thing down. Maybe your kids are super tasters. Flavors may be very intense to them.


    September 19, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    • They change their minds alllllllll the tiiiiime. And just when I think I have it down pat then they add something and take five more things away. And they are so weird! Because they totally eat non-kid things like raw sushi – the little one is a sashimi junkie, and they love black olives. But no cheesy chicken and rice casserole? I will present your super-taster theory to them, though. It might just keep my sanity.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      September 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm

  4. My Dad ONLY uses King Arthur products & he’s the best baker I know (nothing personal. The only thing I’ve ever eaten that you made was pizza). I give him gift certificates from their website. Yeah, it’s that serious. lol

    Jenn Roy Sharkey

    September 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm

  5. We have the same flour!!! King Arthur’s the man dawg!!! haha I was a picky eater as a kid too…a total nightmare for my parents. I’d cry if meat had bones in it and I wouldn’t touch seafood or red meat haha I can’t say I grew out of that though…as I still avoid bones, I hardly ever eat red meat unless it’s meatballs or meatloaf and seafood is like once in a blue moon lol Hopefully your boys grow out of it soon!! Boys I feel are easier than girls and as they get bigger they’ll be so hungry all the time they’ll eat that cilantro like it’s going out of style haha Well one can hope! That bread looks yummy…makes me want so french toast!!!!!


    September 19, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    • I think all kids are a little bit picky. Mine probably aren’t as bad as most, but it still annoys me to no end when I cook and then I have to convince them to eat. I understand when they argue about brussels sprouts. I do not understand when we argue about cheesy chicken & rice casserole. For the record, they ate it all! No complaints. It just took them forever. I think about half the time they just don’t feel like sitting still.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      September 20, 2012 at 7:15 am

  6. What an incredible breakfast bread my friend 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    Choc Chip Uru

    September 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm

  7. I am soooo making this over the weekend, oh yes I am!

    Year Of Healthier Living

    September 20, 2012 at 10:58 am

    • Hey, Deanna! Let me know how it turns out! I freaking love this stuff. It needs to be french toast by tomorrow morning 🙂

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      September 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm

  8. This reminded me of my sister – she HATES mushrooms! Always has, always will. When we were growing up I loved that she hated them though because it meant anything that had mushrooms in, she would pick hers out and give them to me so I got extra (and I love mushrooms – always have, always will.) I can sympathise with Evan’s other aversion-exceptions though – I avoid apples, unless they’re pink ladies (and only then if they’re REALLY pink!), I love tuna (real) but hate tuna (tinned), I hate cheese (as I think we already know!!) unless it’s on pizza….! I’m not that fussy really 😉 Breakfast is probably my least favourite meal (hence peanut butter toast every single day!) breakfast means coffee to wake me up and food because I’ve got myself eating it as a real proper grown up, because that’s what real proper grown ups do (what real proper grown up would not eat the most important meal of the day?!) That said, I love the days when I’m allowed to be a bit naughty and have a croissant instead, or post dentist breakfasts of cake and coffee at the bar, or Friday breakfasts at school which always revolve around cake, biscuits or on the best days, both! So, it is with that in mind that I say – YUM! to this – cakey bread/bready cake (bread that’s sweet and looks a bit like cake, like the yummy looking one you’ve made here, is basically where I’m going!) I could eat and eat and eat for breakfast. Then breakfast would definitely be my favourite.


    September 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    • I very happily eat all of my children’s discarded mushrooms. Evan loves apples AND cheese (sorry, Rachael.)!! Pink Ladies are THE BEST, though! I am soooo with you! The really pink ones are my faves. And they bake just as we3ll as a Granny Smith. Tart and sweet and crisp and perfect. Thank goodness it’s apple season here!Cakes for breakfast are soooo wonderful. I think that’s why I love breakfast so much. Dessert-ish options are totally acceptable.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      September 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

  9. […] long. Except people aren’t rolling their eyes at me. I think it would be great with the Maple Oatmeal Bread from Sugar Dish Me also (note to self: stop dreaming about this bread and make it […]

  10. Yum! I liked the no-knead whole wheat bread you posted awhile ago, and I bet this is just as fantastic! Hooked on whole wheat!!

    Sandra - The Foodie Affair

    September 25, 2012 at 1:38 am

    • Hey, Sandra! This bread is reeeeeally good. Sweeter than the no-knead wheat bread which is why I like it for breakfast, and it does require a little kneading, but it’s not a crazy sticky dough. I love this bread.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      September 25, 2012 at 7:37 am

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