Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Hoagie buns

I love having homemade bread for sandwiches...so when I found this recipe, we had to try it out and it was very good!

1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup liquid honey
1/3 cup butter
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided (I used 1 1/2 cups wheat flour, the rest white)
1/2 cup quick-cooking oat
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon cold water
1 large egg white
1/2 cup quick-cooking oat

In a medium saucepan, combine water, honey and butter. Heat over low heat until liquids are warm (120 F to 130 F.) DO NOT BOIL. (ok...I cheated and used the microwave!)

In a large bowl or a bread mixing machine, add 5 cups of flour, cooking oats, salt and yeast; mix to blend. Gradually mix in warm liquids and mix until liquids are absorbed. Add eggs and mix for about 3 minutes until all ingredients are well mixed together. Remove dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead in the remaining 1/2 cup of flour. Knead for about 5 minutes until dough is nice and smooth.

Roll dough into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl, turning to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm area until dough is doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll dough out into the shape of a log, about 12 inches long and about 1 1/4 inches round. (I made mine shorter and fatter, I wanted them all to fit on one pan)
Place dough log buns on 2 large cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, (4 on each sheet)and spaced. Cover and let rise in a warm area until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375°F.

*Optional: In a small bowl, combine cold water and egg white and whisk until frothy. Brush tops of loaves with egg mixture. Sprinkle quick cooking oats over the top surface of the loaves.

Bake in preheated 375 F oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until top is lightly browned and the bread sounds hollow when tapped. Cool buns on a wire rack.

*You may also make 2 - 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch loaves. Bake at 375 F for 35 to 40 minutes or until done.

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