Some weeks I buy a loaf of bread.

Others, I make my own.

And let me tell you something right now. The weeks when I make my own bread are somehow always infinitely better than the ones where I simply stock the pantry with plain-old, store bought bread.

Having a loaf of this oatmeal bread on hand will make you feel as though you’re living inside a bakery. Just think, fluffy, fresh bread for a veggie sandwich, or to pair with a warm dinner dish at the tip of your fingers, always. If this sort of thing is missing from your life at the moment, you may need to reconsider some of your life choices.

Make the change today. Switch over to the homemade bread side. Any day is the perfect day to start living your best bread life.

[Recipe adapted from Eat Live Run]

Ingredients:

1 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour

4 T Rolled or Quick Oats

1 T sugar

1 packet active dry yeast

2 tsp. salt

1 T soft butter

1 cup warm water

Directions:

1. Activate the yeast by sprinkling it over 1/2 cup warm water mixed with a dash of sugar. Let sit for about 10 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, oats, sugar, and salt.

3. Mix in the butter, then slowly add the water and stir. When all ingredients are well mixed, use your hands, or a dough hook, to knead the dough for about 5-8 minutes. (Warning: it will be sticky and you may want to sprinkle on more flour to make less so.)

4. Cover the bowl with a cloth and set in a warm place to rice for about 1 hour, or until the dough doubles in size.

5. When the dough is ready, place it on a lightly floured surface and use your hands to flatten it out. (It may still be sticky, in which case you will need to sprinkle on more flour.)

6. Form dough into a “log shape” and place in a greased loaf pan. Sprinkle the top with more oats.

7. Bake at 375 F for about 45 minutes or until loaf is golden brown.

8. When it’s ready, remove the loaf from the pan to let cool before slicing.