This has turned into one of my favorite breads to make. Its easy and not too heavy and not too light, plus the oatmeal adds some extra nutritional value! I use my kitchenaid mixer, but you could do this by hand.
1 1/2 cups of water
1/2 cup of honey
1/3 cup of butter
3 1/2-4 1/2 cups of white wheat flour
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of oatmeal
2 teaspoons of salt
2 packages of active dry yeast (equals 4.5 tablespoons)
1 Tablespoon of Whole Wheat Gluten (optional)
1 Tablespoon of Dough Enhancer (optional)
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
Place water, honey, and butter in small saucepan. Heat over medium low heat until mixture is very warm (120F-130F).
First place oats, then all the white flour, 3 cups of wheat flour, dough enhancer, whole wheat gluten, salt, and yeast in mixing bowl. Using a dough hook, turn to speed 2 and mix for 15 seconds. Continuing on Speed 2, gradually add warm mixture to flour mixture and mix about 1 minute. Add eggs and mix about 1 minute longer.
Continuing on Speed 2, add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and mix about 2 minutes, or until dough starts to clean sides of the bowl. Knead on Speed 2 about 2 minutes longer.
Place dough in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover. Let rise in warm place, free from draft, about 1 hour or until double in size.
Punch dough down and divide in half. Shape each half into a loaf. Place in greased 8.5X4.5X2.5 inch baking pans. Cover. Let rise in warm place, free from draft, about 1 hour, or until double in size.
Beat egg white and water together with a fork. Brush tops of loaves with mixture. Sprinkle with oatmeal. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30-40 minutes. Remove from pans immediately and cool on wire racks.
Yields 32 servings, about 16 slices per loaf.