TWD: OATMEAL BREAKFAST BREAD

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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Summer is almost over.  Hurray!!!  I have to admit, Summer has never been a good friend of mine.  Between the oppressive heat and humidity, hurricane season, and eleven weeks of school vacation, by this time each year, my nerves are raw.  I know, I know – why in the heck do I live in Florida if I hate the heat?  It isn’t by choice.   I guess I’m a victim of circumstance.  I grew up here.  I met my husband here. Our business is here.  And, most of the rest of my family is now here too.  I suppose there were a few opportunities for escape over the years, but my fear of the unknown coupled with my sense of responsibility kept me from grabbing them.  I still have hope, though.  Mini SGCC will be off to college in a few years. Our nest will be empty.  Perhaps that will be the catalyst to shake us out of this rut.

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What does this have to do with Oatmeal Breakfast Bread?   Nothing, really.  But, the temperature is hovering at around ninety-three degrees in the shade as I write this, and my brain is feeling a little like a fried egg right now.   Or maybe, I’m just becoming one of those old ladies who ramble on about nothing that has anything to do with anything.  If I start walking around wearing purple hats and peppering my conversations with words like “putter” and “early bird special”, please just shoot me! 

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But, the bread.  Oh yes, the bread!  That tender, cushiony, slightly sweet, lightly spiced crumb surrounded by a crunchy shell of cinnamon, brown sugar and nuts.  Dorie’s Oatmeal Breakfast Bread is fabulous!  It’s made with healthy whole wheat flour and rolled oats.  And, did I mention that it has little juicy bits of dried fruit inside?  It does!  A slice of this stuff is the perfect thing to grab on your way out the door in the morning to catch the school bus.  Or to go to the office.  Or to run errands. Or just to sit in front of your computer at home with a nice, hot cup of coffee.  It’s very versatile that way.

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You can add whatever kind of fruits and nuts you want to this bread.  Dorie likes to add raisins.  I do too, but I didn’t have any raisins when I made mine.  I used a tropical fruit blend of dried mango, pineapple and papaya.  I also used toasted, chopped pecans in the topping.  They were good choices, but the next time I make this bread, I’ll definitely add raisins.  Or dried apples and cherries.  Or maybe strawberries….. There I go rambling again.  But, you get the idea.

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Before I totally lose my mind, I’d like to thank Natalie of Oven Love for choosing this recipe for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie assignment. You can find the recipe for this delicious Oatmeal Breakfast Bread there, and of course in Baking: From My Home to Yours.   And, don’t forget to stop by the TWD Blogroll to see how the rest of the gang fared with this one.

Hmmm. I think I’ll go turn the air conditioner down a few more notches and grab another slice of that bread…..

25 responses to TWD: Oatmeal Breakfast Bread

  1. On August 17, 2010 at 6:53pm, Maria said...

    I haven’t tried this recipe yet. I am going to now! I love the crumb topping!

  2. On August 17, 2010 at 6:57pm, Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

    That sounds fabulous. I would surely wake up easier if I had that for breakfast.

  3. On August 17, 2010 at 6:58pm, Monica said...

    I enjoyed making it.. unfortunately, I don’t like baking things with fruit, so I did not taste it (ok, I did taste the topping – yum!) but, the boyfriend raved about it… so much so, that is almost gone – it lastes a total of 24 hours – a new record!

    Love your pictures!

  4. On August 17, 2010 at 7:24pm, Margaret said...

    This heat has GOT to stop sooner or later. I’m ready for winter. It’s not the heat as much as the humidity!!!

    This was such a good bread. Had a piece this a.m. after thawing and it was still moist and delicious.

    Love your fruit mix. I used cranberries and they were perfect.

  5. On August 17, 2010 at 7:49pm, bergamot said...

    Looks great and healthy too

  6. On August 17, 2010 at 9:44pm, Nicole @ The Dirty Oven said...

    So making for my next work meeting. Thanks.

  7. On August 17, 2010 at 10:32pm, tia said...

    That looks fantastically yummy! great color and browning on your bread.
    ~Tia

  8. On August 17, 2010 at 10:50pm, nina said...

    I can imagine the taste and even better…toasted Oatmeal bread!! Bring it on!!

  9. On August 17, 2010 at 10:54pm, jeanne dyson said...

    Looks so good, must try it! I LOVE oatmeal in breads, cakes, etc.!
    NOW, do you think we can come up with a recipe to use our ripe bananas from SCO in an oatmeal bread or banana bread w/oatmeal? I used to make oatmeal with bananas and cinnamon for breakfast for groups at a conference center when I was their chef, so why not a bread…so comforting in the morning!!

  10. On August 18, 2010 at 1:04am, Morven said...

    I haven’t tried this one yet but your pictures have inspired me. Looks mouthwatering and it’s not even breakfast time!

  11. On August 18, 2010 at 2:42am, Rosa said...

    A lovely bread! So moist…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  12. On August 18, 2010 at 3:34am, Paula said...

    I love summer and your cake too! :)

    Have a nice time!
    Paula

  13. On August 18, 2010 at 11:47am, SMITHBITES said...

    This is going to find its way into regular rotation for The Professor’s breakfast – perfect to make ahead and freeze too! And BTW – I hate the heat too which is why I’ll VISIT Florida during the winter months but won’t plan on living there any time soon; ‘Early Bird Special?’ LOL!

  14. On August 18, 2010 at 12:48pm, rachel said...

    wow tropical fruit mix sounds amazing! gorgeous photos!

  15. On August 18, 2010 at 2:28pm, Elena said...

    This looks delicious! I love oatmeal for breakfast and this is a perfect alternative! Will try making this for sure!

  16. On August 18, 2010 at 3:32pm, Emily Rose said...

    I loved this bread too (as I think all of the TWD bakers did this week)! The tropical fruit mix sounds wonderful in it!

  17. On August 18, 2010 at 4:22pm, CookiePie said...

    Lovely, lovely, lovely!!! I imagine I’d eat it for breakfast and a midmorning snack, and an after-lunch snack, and a pre-dinner snack… :)

  18. On August 18, 2010 at 7:25pm, Ruairi said...

    your blog is an inspiration!

    Love this recipe, so simple and yum..beautiful photo too

    kudos re; summer vacation…nearly over now :-D

  19. On August 19, 2010 at 4:08am, LimeCake said...

    that bread just looks amazing! looks very versatile too.

  20. On August 19, 2010 at 6:53am, marla {family fresh cooking} said...

    Just submitted your beautiful Oat Breakfast Bread to StumbleUpon. My whole family would love this recipe & I like how versatile the ingredients can be. xo

  21. On August 19, 2010 at 7:07am, bellini valli said...

    This should be gracing my table this morning:D

  22. On August 19, 2010 at 12:16pm, Eliana said...

    Your bread looks insanely delicious Susan; one of my favorites of all the TWD bakers I’ve seen.

  23. On August 19, 2010 at 12:58pm, Heather said...

    This bread looks delicious! Can’t wait to try!
    Like you, I’m over the Florida heat! And there are many days were I wish I could escape Florida.
    So happy I ran across your blog!

  24. On August 19, 2010 at 2:47pm, The Food Hunter said...

    I love the tropical fruit mix you added to this. I’m putting this on my to bake list.

  25. On August 20, 2010 at 1:59pm, Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) said...

    The bread looks delicious. Love the dried fruit :)

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