Thursday, April 8, 2010

Banana-Oatmeal Bread

I've tinkered with this recipe over the years, and it is currently our favorite toasting bread (needless to say, it makes great pb&j, too!). It's got this lovely hint of banana flavor, and it tastes fabulous toasted and buttered. Mmm. This recipe is for the bread machine - I've made bread by hand a few times, but I honestly don't see a difference in the final outcome, and the bread machine allows me to be so wonderfully lazy!

Banana-Oatmeal Bread

1 cup ripe banana, sliced
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 1/3 cups milk
1 3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/2 cups bread flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
3 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp gluten
1 Tbsp + 1/2 tsp rapid rise yeast

Add ingredients according to your bread machine's instructions (I add mine in the exact order listed here). Set for the whole wheat cycle. This is a 2-lb loaf, if your machine requires that info. Walk away while the bread machine works its magic, and then take all the credit and glory when people compliment the yummy bread.

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