Maple Oatmeal Bread

Bread, Bread Machine

Ingredients

1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

1 cup quick cooking oats

3 cups bread flour (I use unbleached all-purpose flour, and add 1 tbsp vital gluten)

1 tsp salt (I use 1 tablespoon Kosher salt - same quantity of salt, since it is so much coarser, but without added iodine.)

1/3 cup maple syrup (Substitutions don't work. It's gotta be pure maple.)

1 Tbs cooking oil

1 1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon very warm water

Directions

(I use cold water from the tap, hit "start" to mix the bread dough, so I can see how the dough looks. I add a little flour or water as needed, then hit "cancel" and set the timer to start again much later, so that the dough is ready when I come home from work. If you're preparing the bread without such a delay, use water that's very warm but not hot; I use cold water from the tap which I heat in the microwave and test by sticking my finger in it. NEVER use hot water from the tap for cooking - it picks up contaminants from the piping.)

- If using a machine other than the DAK/Welbilt models, use only 1 cup, 1 ounce and 1 tablespoon of water (2 tablespoons less water.)