While making this batch of bread yesterday, My Honey suggested we take a walk around the neighborhood to take some pictures of the autumn leaves. The light was "perfect" exactly "at that moment."
I was ready for the second rise for this bread so put it in the cool oven, turned off the light that provides a little heat that encourages the yeast to rise, and put a Corning dish of ice cubes on the rack below the bread.
We were gone for a little more than an hour and my "slow down the rise" trick worked just fine. I removed the dish of ice cubes before baking.
This bread smells so wonderful when it is baking that you shouldn't be surprised if neighbors show up to get a sample. ;)
I hope you enjoy this one.
Oats, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon Bread - Recipe
2 T vegetable oil
1-1/2 t salt
2 T brown sugar
1/4 lb cream cheese
1 cup warm water
1 t cinnamon
3 cups bread flour
3/4 cup oats
2 rounded t dry yeast
Place all ingredients in large capacity bread machine in order given. Set on dough cycle and turn on.
The first dough cycle on most machines is about 40 minutes. Watch the action to be sure a dough ball forms at least 1/3 way through the cycle. Add a little flour or water if necessary to get the correct consistency.
When first dough cycle finished, remove from machine and place in a greased bowl for first rise. Place the bowl in a warm place such as the oven with the light, but no heat turned on. If you place it out on the counter in a warm place, cover with a damp cloth.
This batch required about 1 hour for the first rise. Keep in mind that the temperature in your kitchen and the mood of the yeast can change the time required for the dough to rise.
After the first rise, punch down/knead gently the dough to remove excess bubbles.
If you are using crockery or glass pans/bowls for baking, set the empty bread pans in a warm place, too. I use my second oven with the light turned on.
If preheating pans, remove from oven.
For this batch, I am using a pan that makes 4 mini loaves.
Allow to bread to rise once again; this batch should take about 30 mins for the second rise, then bake at 350 degrees F for 35 mins. Turn out to racks to cool immediately.
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