Things have a bit hazy for me this past week, as I’ve been fighting a nasty respiratory infection. Feeling under the weather + medication + hot summer weather = yuck!
Under normal circumstances, this week’s Tuesdays With Dorie recipe for Oatmeal Breakfast Bread would be a cinch to prepare. However, in my medicated state I was a complete ding dong and left out the most important ingredient – oats. Hello, it’s in the recipe title for goodness sake!
For a change of pace, this Dorie Greenspan breakfast bread (you can find the complete recipe at Natalie’s blog, Oven Love) leans on the healthy side of things, with applesauce and a little oil taking the place of butter. With an addition of dried fruit (dried figs in my case), oats (unfortunately, no oats this time), and a sprinkling of nuts (sliced almonds topped my loaves), this looks like a semi-healthy breakfast bread. Just ignore the cup of sugar that the recipe calls for.
I put my “once in a blue moon” mini loaf pan to use again, and the full recipe yielded exactly eight mini loaves. These small loaves baked in a 325 degree oven for approx 25 minutes.
True to Dorie’s description, this bread is super soft and tender and it needed to cool substantially before I could remove the loaves from the pan.
These unassuming looking loaves were delicious! I did miss the oats, as I think they would have given a nice textural contrast to the soft crumb. The dried figs were fantastic, as they give a nice chew and just a touch of sweetness.
Now if you will excuse me, I’m going back to bed…