Homemade Oatmeal Bread

Homemade Oatmeal Bread (A Recipe From My Bakery)

I enjoy baking and have ever since I was in early elementary school. In my adult years, I established my own bakery and specialized in making yeast breads, although I did make a lot of other goodies too. Little by little, I’m creating YouTube videos demonstrating how to make a lot of the breads I made in the bakery. To accompany the videos, I’m writing blog posts so you can print out the recipes if you want. They can also be downloaded in .PDF format from my website at http://HandMadeInIowa.com.

Below is my recipe for homemade Oatmeal Bread. The recipe has been scaled down to make two loaves, the usual amount for home recipes. It’s truly delicious and was a BIG seller at my bakery! Give it a try. It’s really not hard! To SEE how it’s made, check out the video below, where I walk viewers through the process step-by-step. Enjoy! Judi

Homemade Oatmeal Bread
Makes Two Loaves

1-1/2 cups rolled oats (either quick or old fashioned)
1-1/2 cups boiling water (or reserved water from cooking potatoes)
3 Tbsp (1-1/2 oz) butter
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp salt
2 room temperature eggs, lightly beaten
1 lb, 4 oz bread flour
1/2 oz Rapid Rise Yeast

Note: This recipe is designed for being prepared in a home stand mixer. If you don’t have one, simply hand mix the ingredients per the instructions and hand knead, being careful to work in as little extra flour as possible.

In a stand mixer bowl, combine the rolled oats, boiling water, butter, honey, brown sugar and salt. Place the bowl on the mixer stand and mix on low speed, using a standard paddle blade. Mix until the ingredients are well blended and oats appear to be “cooked.” Remove bowl from mixer stand.

Test the temperature of the mixture with an instant read thermometer. When it cools to between 120 and 130ºF, it is safe to proceed forward. Stir in the lightly beaten eggs. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, weigh out the bread flour. Stir in the yeast. Stir the flour mixture into the oat mix, just enough so the flour won’t spray out of the bowl when the mixer is turned on. Place mixer bowl onto the mixer stand, insert the dough hook, and mix on low speed for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the dough hook and bowl from the stand.

Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile bring a medium size saucepan of water to boil and prepare the oven to use as a proof box. Turn the oven light on. Place the lower rack at the lowest position in the oven and the top rack in the middle of the oven. When the water comes to a boil, place the saucepan on the lower oven rack and close the door. (This method can be used with both an electric and gas range.)

After the dough has rested, remove it to a VERY lightly floured board. Form into two loaves and place each loaf into a sprayed, oiled or greased loaf pan. (I used 8×4 pans, but 9×5 pans would also work, making shallower loaves.)

Place the formed loaves in their pans on the middle oven rack over the pan of hot water. Close the oven door and allow them to rise for 30 to 40 minutes, until about doubled in size. Remove loaves and saucepan from oven and preheat the oven to 350ºF.

An optional step to adorn the loaves: In a small bowl, mix one whole beaten egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Brush each loaf with the egg mixture and sprinkle with extra oats. (If you do not do this optional step, simply brush the BAKED loaves with melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven.)

When the oven is preheated, bake bread for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Remove loaves to a wire rack and allow them to cool completely before slicing.

Roasted Honey Carrots with Walnuts

Roasted Honey (or Maple) Carrots with Walnuts

Everyone is loving their roasted veggies these days. Now that it’s cold outside, cranking up the oven is perfect timing for roasting whatever you have on hand. Carrots work exceptionally well in roasting.

I enjoy flavoring carrots just a bit with a little something sweet. We’re also told to eat walnuts for the omega-3’s. So…I decided to combine the two into Roasted Honey (or Maple) Carrots with Walnuts. It’s an absolutely FABULOUS side dish (or even a main course for vegetarians because of the nuts). The recipe is below, followed by a video demonstrating how to make them. Note that this recipe is very flexible and can easily be increased and flavors adjusted to your liking.

Roasted Honey (or Maple) Carrots with Walnuts
Makes 2 Servings

4 small carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
2 tsp honey or maple syrup
1/4 to 1/3 cup walnuts (or adjust to your preference)

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Prepare fresh carrots and place them on a baking sheet (that may or may not be lined with parchment paper). Drizzle olive oil over the carrots. Sprinkle carrots with desired amount of salt. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup. Toss carrots to evenly coat all sides. Spread carrots into a single layer on the pan.

Place pan in middle of preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove pan and test carrots for tenderness with a fork. When they are almost roasted to your liking, stir in the walnuts. Place back in oven for 5 minutes. Check walnuts for brownness. If they are lightly browned, remove from oven and serve. If the walnuts need more roasting time, return pan to oven for 2 or 3 minutes and check again. Everything is finished when the carrots are fork tender and the walnuts are just lightly browned. Note! Watch walnuts carefully as they can burn quickly. Strive to remove pan from the oven when the walnuts are lightly browned.

This recipe is made “to taste” and can easily be increased and flavorings adjusted according to your needs and personal preferences. Watch the video below to see how it’s done! Judi

Cinnamon Rolls (a recipe from my bakery)

As many people know, I used to own and operate my own bakery. What made it special was the fact that everything was made “from scratch”. I specialized in yeast breads and made a large variety of bread types, all from individual ingredients. No frozen bread doughs ever entered the scene!

From time to time, I’m sharing the recipes that I developed along the way. This post is for my cinnamon rolls. I probably made thousands over the years that I ran the bakery and people always wanted more. Now you can make your own straight from my recipe!

To SEE how it’s done, look below the recipe and view my YouTube video on the process. Enjoy! Judi

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
(A Recipe From My Bakery)
Makes 18 Rolls

1 lb, 6-1/2 oz all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 oz Rapid Rise yeast1 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water
2-5/8 oz butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Filling
2 oz butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 tsp ground cinnamon

Place flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a stand mixer bowl. Stir to combine; set aside. In a small saucepan, heat milk, water and butter to 120-130F. Add warmed liquid and eggs to the flour mixture. Stir to moisten the flour. Place bowl on mixer stand and attach a dough hook. Mix on low speed for 8 to 10 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic. Cover with a towel and allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes.

Remove dough to a lightly floured board or counter top. Roll dough ball to lightly coat all surfaces with flour. With a rolling pin, roll into a large rectangle, about 22″ x 12″. Spread melted butter over dough, leaving about 1 inch unbuttered along the long edge farthest away from you. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over buttered surface of dough.

Starting with the buttered long edge closest to you, roll dough into a long log. With a sharp knife, cut log into three even sized sections. Cut each section into 6 slices.

Place slices, cut side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet, or a pan of choice (baking sheet or 8″ or 9″ round cake pans…6 to a pan) that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray or oiled with the oil of your choice.

Allow formed rolls to proof until doubled in size, about 30 minutes. (Suggestion…proof rolls in a warm, moist environment, such as a make-shift oven proof box. See my video below on this subject.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TFhfxwLNGw

After rolls have doubled in size, place rack in middle of oven and preheat oven to 375F. Bake rolls 15 to 20 minutes. (See note below!) Top with powdered sugar glaze immediately when they are removed from the oven. Allow to cool on a cooling rack, or enjoy them while they’re fresh out of the oven!

Powdered Sugar Glaze

2 cups powdered sugar
4 Tbsp milk of choice*
1/2 to 1 tsp vanilla extract*

Combine glaze ingredients in a bowl, adding a little milk at a time until it is drizzling consistency. If too thin, add more powdered sugar. If too thick, add more milk.

*Note: Whole milk or even half and half works best when making the glaze. With full fat milk, add up to 1 tsp vanilla extract. If using skim milk, use less extract; usually about 1/2 teaspoon is enough. When using lower fat milk, the more vanilla extract you use, the more brown the glaze will appear (unless using clear vanilla extract), and the stronger taste the vanilla extract will impart.

Note regarding baking time: The baking time will vary depending upon how the rolls are placed on a pan. If they are separated so that when they spread out they do not touch each other, they will take less time to bake. If they are placed close together in a pan, so they touch each other, forming less “crust” areas as they bake, they will take a little longer to bake. The key is to watch them and bake them until the tops are lightly browned.

Watch my video below to SEE how to make these rolls! jk

 

Easily Remove Ring Around the Collar

The other day I was ironing my husband’s shirts and discovered a BAD case of ring around the collar! It seems I should have noticed this well before now, but it just snuck up on me. I did a little research then got creative and came up with a VERY easy and EFFECTIVE way to get the stain out. This works whether the shirt has been worn (and not laundered), or even freshly washed, dried AND ironed. (Yes, really!)

Supplies needed: One old toothbrush, a small bowl of water, a little dish detergent that is a good grease fighter, and one dirty collar.

Lay the shirt so the collar lays open and flat. The shirt can be dry…no need to wet it down first.

Dirty shirt collar

Dirty shirt collar

Put a little bit of dish detergent on your toothbrush and scrub the dirt line along the collar.

Scrub collar with dish detergent and toothbrush

Scrub collar with dish detergent and toothbrush

After you’ve done a little scrubbing and worked the detergent into the fabric, wet the toothbrush and scrub the dirt line some more, working up some suds.

Wet the toothbrush

Wet the toothbrush

Work up some suds

Work up some suds

After you’ve scrubbed the dirt line to your satisfaction, the shirt can be laundered immediately in your usual laundry detergent in whatever water temperature you normally use. IF the shirt was exceptionally dirty and you feel your dish detergent is not a great grease fighter, it may help to allow your shirt to sit for a while (up to 1 hour) before laundering it. Note that the collar does not need to be rinsed out before placing it in the washing machine. IF you feel you used a LOT of dish detergent and need to rinse some of it out, go ahead and rinse.

Washed, wet shirt...See how clean!

Washed, wet shirt…See how clean!

After it comes out of the washer, take a quick look to be sure all the ring was scrubbed out. If not, repeat the process. If so, dry it as usual.

Dried shirt...good as new!

Dried shirt…good as new!

This is a fast and easy process that makes shirts look good as new! The real benefit is that you don’t need to buy extra chemicals to do the job. You should already have what you need on hand!

To see my video on this process, click below. Enjoy! Judi

Full View of Square Topper (6016)

Handmade Square Patchwork Table Topper

This pretty table topper was made with four log cabin blocks surrounded by two borders. It features deep brown, beige and cream colored fabrics. The center of each block and the outer border were made from the same neutral-tone floral cotton fabric. The center of the topper features a beige and cream calico print of leaves on vines. It would be pretty in a living room or dining room where neutral tones and wood are the main decorating themes.

The backing is a solid cream cotton fabric. This large topper measures 35-3/4 inches square! It was machine stitched for stability and reinforcement for longevity through continued use and laundering. As with all my table mats, it may be machine washed in cool water, gentle cycle, mild detergent. Air or machine dry on low heat.

This striking table topper may be adopted from my website, HandmadeInIowa.com. Scroll down the page until you come to this item. Happy browsing! Judi

Full View of Square Topper (6016)

Full View of Square Topper (6016)

Another Full View of 6016

Another Full View of 6016

Full View of 6016

Full View of 6016

View of Square Center 6016

View of Square Center 6016

View of Corner 6016

View of Corner 6016

View of Backing 6016

View of Backing 6016

Patchwork Square Table Topper (6009)

Handmade Patchwork Square Table Topper

I’m on a roll with square patchwork table toppers! I’m on a quest to fill out the inventory to replace some that have sold in recent months.

One of my latest creations is featured here. It’s made with high quality quilting cotton fabric featuring deep green and gold leaf and acorn prints. It was made with four log cabin blocks surrounded by a thin border of caramel colored fabric. The outer border matches the centerpieces of the log cabin blocks. It’s a coordinating leaf print with gold, deep green and beige leaves on a black border. The backing is a coordinating solid butterscotch cotton fabric. It measures 31 inches square. This eye-catching topper would be a beautiful focal piece on a dining room table, coffee table or buffet, especially if your accent colors are green and gold.

As with all my table mats, it was machine stitched (who hand-stitches any more???), with decorative stitching reinforcing all seams for stability and longevity for continued use and laundering. It may be machine washed in cool water, gentle cycle, mild detergent. Air or machine dry on low heat. It may be steam pressed, if desired.

This topper is up for adoption and is available from my website, HandmadeInIowa. Scroll down the page until you see this topper! Happy browsing! Judi

Full View of Topper (6009)

Full View of Topper (6009)

Patchwork Square Table Topper (6009)

Patchwork Square Table Topper (6009)

Corner of Topper (6009)

Corner of Topper (6009)

Another Corner of Topper (6009)

Another Corner of Topper (6009)

Closeup of Center of Topper (6009)

Closeup of Center of Topper (6009)

Backing of Topper (6009)

Backing of Topper (6009)

 

Square Table Topper (5996)

Handmade Patchwork Square Table Topper

I had a bit of a break over the holidays while my college professor husband was out of classes. Now that he’s back in school my life is returning back its own usual schedule…quilting, crocheting, singing, exercising, writing blog posts…

The square topper featured in today’s blog post is one I recently finished. It would add interest and a conversation piece to your living room or dining room, especially if your accent colors are deep green and gold. The backing is a coordinating solid butterscotch cotton fabric.

It’s made with high quality cotton quilting fabrics featuring a leaf print. The accent fabrics are calico prints in beige and cream colors. It was made with rectangle patchwork surrounded with green and gold borders. The topper measures 30-3/4 inches square. It would look especially pretty on a dining room table, coffee table, or buffet.

As always with my quilted table mats, it was machine stitched, with decorative stitching reinforcing seams for stability with laundering and continued use. It is machine washable in cool water, gentle cycle with mild detergent. It may be air or machine dried on low heat. The topper may be steam pressed, if desired.

The following pictures give you a good idea of the character of this quilted table topper. It IS a one-of-a-kind piece, as I don’t make any two identically. They’re certainly not mass produced! To adopt this topper, visit my website at HandmadeInIowa.com and scroll down the page until you see this item. Happy browsing! Judi

Square Table Topper (5996)

Square Table Topper (5996)

Square Table Topper (5996)

Square Table Topper (5996)

Close Up of Center Design

Close Up of Center Design

Close up of Corner

Close Up of Corner

View of Backing

View of Backing

Handmade Quilted Table Runner (over40-16)

Quilted Table Runner (66-3/4 inches long)

This beautiful handmade quilted table runner was made with the same fabrics as my last runner. (It’s too beautiful not to keep going with it!) However as always, no two of my runners are identical. This piece is slightly shorter than the previous one and the striped areas are slightly wider.

It was made with delicious dark chocolate fabric adorned with a gold floral pattern and gold filigree. The primary fabric is separated with two striped areas using coordinating beige and caramel colored cotton fabrics. The backing is a coordinating caramel color.

The runner measures 12-1/2″ x 66-3/4″ long. The centerpiece is 23-1/2″ long, with the striped areas each being 5-3/4″ wide. The end pieces are each 16″ long. This beautiful runner was all machine stitched with decorative stitching reinforcing all seams for endurance and stability through continued use and laundering.

It may be machine washed in cold water with mild detergent on the gentle cycle. Air or machine dry on low heat. It may be steam pressed if desired, preferably on the back only.

To adopt this lovely table runner, please visit my website at HandMadeInIowa.com and scroll down the page! Please see the additional views below. Thank you for browsing this one-of-a-kind table runner! Enjoy! Judi

Full View of Runner "over40-16"

Full View of Runner “over40-16″

Long View of Runner "over40-16"

Long View of Runner “over40-16″

End View of Runner "over40-16"

End View of Runner “over40-16″

Close View of Stripes (over40-16)

Close View of Stripes (over40-16)

End View of Runner "over40-16"

End View of Runner “over40-16″

View of Backing (over40-16)

View of Backing (over40-16)

Full view of over 30-15

Handmade Quilted Long Table Runner (about 72″ long)

This classy handmade quilted table runner is my latest creation. The fabric is truly elegant. Any time I make a runner with this fabric, it’s snatched up quickly!

It features dark chocolate cotton fabric with a gold tone floral print embellished with gold thread filigree. It has caramel and beige coordinating stripes toward each end piece. It was machine stitched with decorative stitching reinforcing all seams for stability and endurance. It’s a one-of-a-kind item!

This beautiful runner is 12-1/2″ x 71-3/4″ long. The centerpiece is 39-1/2″ long, with each end piece being 11-1/2″ long. Each stripped area is 4-1/4″ wide.

This lovely runner may be machine washed on the gentle cycle with mild detergent and cold water. Air or machine dry on low heat. It may be steam pressed if desired (preferably on the backing rather than the top).

This runner may be adopted from my website at HandMadeInIowa.com. Please see additional views below! Thanks for viewing this classy runner. Judi

Tall View of Over40-15

Tall View of Over40-15

Close View of End Piece

Close View of End Piece

Close View of Stripes

Close View of Stripes

View of Backing

View of Backing

 

Handmade Quilted Long Table Runner (#5934)

Handmade Quilted Table Runner (12 x 116 inches)

My latest creation in table runners is a whopping 116″ long! If you’re looking for a long table runner, this one might meet your needs. It’s a one-of-a-kind…the only one like it made.

It features pretty neutral cotton color prints with a touch of brick reddish-rust color in the embellishments. The main fabric has a black background with a floral print in cream and chocolate. The embellishment fabrics have a brick print, so they coordinate well with the primary fabric.

It was all machine stitched and quilted. There is decorative stitching on all seams for stability and endurance with continued use and laundering. It may be machine washed in cool water on the gentle cycle and mild detergent. Air or machine dry on low heat. It may be steam pressed if desired. As always with my products, it was made in a pet-free and smoke-free environment.

The piece measures 12″ x 116″ long, so it would work well across a long table draping down the ends, or also on a buffet, dresser, foot of a bed, or even piano. It would look beautiful and classy in just about any setting. Please browse the images below if you’re considering purchasing a long table runner. This runner may be adopted from my website HandMadeInIowa.com. Thank you for browsing! Enjoy! Judi

Table Runner Long View (#5934)

Runner Long View (#5934)

Alternate Long View (#5934)

Alternate Long View (#5934)

Close View (Runner #5934)

Close View (Runner #5934)

Backing (Runner #5934)

Backing (Runner #5934)

Close View (#5934)

Close View (#5934)

View of Both Ends (Runner #5934)

View of Both Ends (Runner #5934)