WINTER WONDERFUL- OATMEAL BREAD WITH Fig Anise & Walnuts:

16 Dec

Makes 2 loaves of bread. For 1 loaf of bread cut the ingredients in half.

2 tbsp active dry yeast; ½ cup honey; 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats; 1 cup steel cut oats; 1 cup toasted wheat germ; 1 tbsp kosher salt; 2 cups anise seeds; 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts; 1 cup diced dried figs; 2 cups whole wheat flour; 4 cups all purpose flour and more as needed.

In the bowl of the electric mixer, dissolve the yeast in 3 cups lukewarm water. Turn the mixer on low when the yeast is dissolved. Add the Honey Rolled oats Steel cut oats Wheat germ Salt Anise seeds Walnuts & dried figs, Stir in the whole wheat flour the 3 ½ cups of all purpose flour & knead. Place in a large greased bowl. Cover w plastic wrap. Let rise for 1 hour or until the dough doubles in volume. Preheat the oven 375 degrees. Grease the baking sheet or line with parchment paper. Punch the dough down. Put the dough down on to a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough in 2 half. Place them on the baking sheet. Slash the loaves across the top. Dough should rise another half hour. Bake 40 minutes or until the loaves sound hollow when tapped. Cool before slicing

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