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Herbed Oatmeal Pan Bread

 Herbed Oatmeal Pan Bread
This beautiful, golden pan bread is especially good with a steaming bowl of homemade soup. The oats give it a distinctive flavor, and we really like the herb and Parmesan cheese topping.—Karen Bourne, Magrath, Alberta
8-10 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 to 4-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted, divided
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine boiling water and oats; cool to
  • 110°-115°. In a bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add
  • sugar, butter, salt, egg, oat mixture and 2 cups of flour; beat
  • until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.

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Herbed Oatmeal Pan Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Punch dough down and press evenly into a greased 13-in. x 9-in.
  • baking pan. With very sharp knife, cut diagonal lines 1-1/2 in.
  • apart completely through dough. Repeat in opposite direction,
  • creating a diamond patter. Cover and let rise in a warm place until
  • doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Redefine pattern by gently poking along cut lines with a knife tip.
  • Brush with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Bake at 375° for 15
  • minutes. Meanwhile, combine Parmesan cheese, basil, oregano and
  • garlic powder. Brush bread with remaining butter; sprinkle with
  • cheese mixture. Bake for 5 minutes. Loosely cover with foil and bake
  • 5 minutes longer. Serve warm. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 316 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 44 mg cholesterol, 580 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.