Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tuesday Update

Things are very quiet around here right now. Dick left for his meeting at the church and I am here sitting in the den trying to figure out if anything worth mentioning happened to me last week. Actually it has been pretty quiet around here the whole week, so needless to say it has been one that has dragged along pretty slowly.

I had almost decided to skip this weeks blog but something happened to change my mind. I read one of the blogs I follow, Tima's who lives in Africa. She posted a picture of a place where she goes shopping on the weekend. It looks to me sorta like our farmers market as it has lots of booths that sell fresh vegetables etc. She took a picture of a place where she likes to buy fresh bread. It looked so yummy that I decided to post my oatmeal recipe, hoping that she and her young son, Ethan, would make it one weekend. Ethan is a great little kid who loves to cook and bake. Tima made my Swedish pancake recipe and Ethan loves it and wants her to make it for him often, and whenever they have company. This bread recipe is so easy to make as everything goes in all at once and if you don't have a mixer with a dough hook, you don't have to knead it for a long time. Even if you don't have any kind of mixer, it is very easy to make. So here it is:

Grandma Robbins Oatmeal Bread:

2 pkgs yeast
2 1/2 cups warm water, 1 cup for the yeast and 1 cup for the dough
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup honey
1/4 cup oil
2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
2 teaspoons salt
6 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in 1 cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon sugar in bowl that will allow for yeast to rise.
In largest bowl of mixer put flour, oatmeal and salt
Add the rest of the warm water(1 1/2 cups), yeast, honey and oil
Add dough hook and turn on mixer at #l speed until blended, or, if you don't have a mixer, just stir with a large spoon until blended.
If you use a dough hook, turn on speed to #2 and knead for 5 minutes, or if doing by hand, flour hands and knead dough for 5 minutes.
Cover with a cloth or kitchen towel and let rise until double in bulk, punch down and let rise once more.
Remove dough to a very lightly greased board, flour hands and knead for a couple of minutes more until all the air holes are gone. Cut into three equal pieces and mold each piece into a loaf. Turn loaf over and put into greased and lightly oiled pan that measures 4x8 inches. This will put the seam at the bottom.
Let rise for about an hour or until doubled in bulk and bake in 350 degree for 40 minutes.
Remove from oven and turn immediately onto racks to cool.


I always grease pans first and put oil into the bottom of the greased pan, so that when I turn the loaf into it, it makes sure that there is oil on top of the loaf, which you want oiled so that it will make a nice brown crust. Also it insures that the loaf will pop right out of the pan. I also preheat the oven about 15 minutes before it's time to put the loaves in the oven.

Hope many of you will try this, and of course let me know how it turned out.


  1. I really like the tip of putting oil in the bottom of the pan so it will rise up some and make the top brown.

    And what a sweet story about your friend in Africa and her son who likes to bake. I hope her son tries it and she reports back. It looks totally yummy!

  2. Your recipe sounds delicious indeed - I only wish I had your competence here. I'm a boiled egg and potatoes man :-)

    PS Thank you for the nice comment! Actually both the second and the third photos were accidental. The glass in the second one is a kind of double bird-feeder, and the picture is very much enlarged.

  3. And may I say that this is one of the most delicious breads ever! All of my mom's kids like it better than any other, myself included!


  4. I love oatmeal bread! I don't make bread very often (shame on me) but this is one I definitely want to try. Thanks Darlene.

  5. Dear Darlene, thanks for the bread recipe. It's so thoughtful of you to share your favorite recipe. I may just give it a try after my renovations are done or when ever the time allows. Sue has convinced me with her comment.

    Now there may not be anything earth shattering happening in your quiet life at the moment but sometimes the thoughts, feelings and insights that one gets on a daily basis is quite note worthy to mention in one's blog. A moment of gratitude for a nice sunrise, a nice little refreshing nap, a phone call from a love one that brightens our day, a not so good day to complain about are all little things that can be shared, a little prayer to God.

    Lets face it, we all our good and bad days and sometimes it's all we have to share, not only the nice things.

    I hope that your vertigo is going away and that you are starting to feel better. Take care, Sending some love & Hugs. JB

  6. Hi Darlene! Thanks for sharing another recipe. I always forget to post recipes, but after reading this I will try and get some out that I promised. I've made your other recipes that turned out great and I just have to try this one too! I'll let you know...maybe I'll even blog about it!

  7. I always love reading about what you are up too. A quiet week; can be a good week. I need one of those soon.
    I will love to make that Oatmeal bread. I love reading thoughts each week.
    Hugs and love to you!

  8. Hello Darlene,

    I came across your blog today and wanted to thank you for sharing this recipe. I will have to try it soon. You have an amazing blog.

  9. Dearest Darlene
    I am so glad you did not skip your Tuesday post. You know how much I look forward to reading your writings.
    Gosh honey this bread sounds really delicious. I can't wait to try it. I don't have a mixer with a kneader but I think my brother does in town. He would love it if I came by one day and brought the ingredients to make this. lol
    Or I could just try it myself kneading might be just the therapy I need right now.
    Thank you sweet friend for always sending me such good thoughts and taking the time to pray for me.
    I seem to be one of those friends that is in constant need of your prayers. Don't know why but that is life.
    We are waiting on the doctors now to get back with my son on the severity of his kidney disease. This was such a shock to all of us because he had no symptoms and went to the doctor because of another problem which had nothing to do with his kidneys. They found it through blood work.
    I know God is in control and I am trying my best to remember this but all my life my kids have been my heart so I am weak when it comes to them.
    Sorry I did not mean to write you a letter. Just meant to thank you for coming by and for your prayers.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe.
    Hope your well my dear Darlene

  10. How did I totally miss this post????? Well.... we all know what Ethan and I will be doing this weekend! Can't wait. Will post how it turned out!