I rarely ever get a bunch of days off in a row, but this Easter weekend, I had two (count 'em! TWO) days at home in a row.
Good Friday was blustery and raining, which means a perfect day to putter about inside. My plans were to make a pot of soup and Maple Oatmeal Bread. Mostly because I just felt like making bread, and the recipe sounded heavenly.
Bread can take a long time to make. Let it rise for an hour and a half, and then for 45 minutes, and...
"MOOOM I'm hungry! When's dinner??"
The bread was ready to go in the oven. The oven was pre-heating, we were salivating at the thought of fresh bread with leek and potato soup, when...the power went out. Blink!!
I won't lie and say that I didn't scream "NOOOOO!" in frustration. Bread. Perfectly risen, ready to bake, and I have no power. It's SO NOT FAIR. Even though I called BC Hydro and they claimed that power wouldn't be back until 11 pm, I held onto my faith and much to my delight, 15 minutes later everything came back to life.
Quick! Bake that bread before it goes out again!
This bread is delicious. The maple is quite slight, but the bread itself will be perfect for sandwiches and toast. Hubs and Jake each devoured thick pieces slathered with butter, muttering that it was the best bread I've ever made. I am actually considering making this on a regular basis instead of buying all our bread because it was THAT good.
You can make bread, honest. Trust me. It's not hard, just a bit time consuming. This recipe is totally worth it, too.
Keep reading for the recipe....