Before leaving for my Christmas holidays I made a couple of things for my friend Mr. M for Christmas. One was mug that I decorated with a hand drawn design and the other was this Honey Oat bread from Eating Well magazine. I didn’t taste it myself but he claims it’s quite good. Apparently, not too wheaty or doughy, which was something I worry about when baking with whole wheat flour, and it had a subtle honey flavour. He says it’s great toasted and topped with Nutella! Because it isn’t too sweet he also used it to make toad in a hole toast 🙂
Honey Oat Quick Bread
2 tablespoons plus 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, or quick-cooking (not instant) oats, divided
1 1/3 cups whole-wheat flour, or white whole-wheat flour (see Tip)
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
8 ounces (scant 1 cup) non-fat or low-fat plain yogurt
1 large egg
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup clover honey, or other mild honey
3/4 cup non-fat or low-fat milk
Position rack in middle of oven; preheat to 375°F. Generously coat a 9-by-5-inch (or similar size) loaf pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon oats in the pan. Tip the pan back and forth to coat the sides and bottom with oats.
Thoroughly stir together whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Using a fork, beat the remaining 1 cup oats, yogurt, egg, oil and honey in a medium bowl until well blended. Stir in milk. Gently stir the yogurt mixture into the flour mixture just until thoroughly incorporated but not overmixed (excess mixing can cause toughening). Immediately scrape the batter into the pan, spreading evenly to the edges. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon oats over the top.
Bake the loaf until well browned on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. (It’s normal for the top to crack.) Let stand in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a table knife around and under the loaf to loosen it and turn it out onto the rack. Let cool until barely warm, about 45 minutes.
Make Ahead Tip: Store cooled bread, tightly wrapped, for up to 1 day at room temperature. If desired, warm (wrapped in foil) at 375°F before serving.
Tip:White whole-wheat flour, made from a special variety of white wheat, is light in color and flavor but has the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour. Two companies that distribute the flour nationally are King Arthur Flour (kingarthurflour.com) and Bob’s Red Mill (bobsredmill.com).
Nutrition Per slice: 193 calories; 6 g fat ( 1 g sat , 3 g mono ); 18 mg cholesterol; 31 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 3 g fiber; 396 mg sodium; 100 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Iron (15% daily value).
Carbohydrate Servings: 2 Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat