March 18, 2009

Honey Oatmeal Quick Bread


It seems it is the season of quick breads on many a food blog right now, with St. Patrick's Day this month. "Quick breads" is also the theme for Bread Baking Day (a.k.a BBD) this month.
A quick bread is different from yeasted breads in that chemical leaveners like baking powder and/ or baking soda or cream of tartar are used instead of yeast. So there is no long process of proofing or rising involved here and hence the name "quick" bread.

Quick breads can be made using the muffin method (mixing the dry and wet ingredients lightly), the creaming method (creaming the sugar and fat as for cakes) and the biscuit method (cutting chilled fat into flour as for pie crusts). It is important not to work the dough or batter too much, no matter what method is followed to make quick breads.
Muffins, cornbread, panckes, waffles, scones (or biscuits), certain fruit breads including the banana bread and soda bread are all quick breads.





Looking for a quick bread to bake for BBD, I decided I wanted to make something "hatke". In Hindi, the word "hatke" means "away from the trodden path" or "different". Not Irish soda bread (not this month), not fruit muffins (I just made some strawberry muffins and zucchini bread, and I don't like banana in bread), no scones or biscuits (want to keep the fats down) or waffles (I should post one of mine) but something "hatke"!

If you were somewhat familiar with the Bollywood (the world of Indian popular cinema) actor lingo of sometime back, "hatke" used to be a favourite expression of many an upcoming actor. Whenever they were asked about their character/ part in a particular movie, many actors would say it was "hatke" meaning different from the usual run of the mill movies everyone else was doing. What this "hatke" would invariably translate as was that they were doing the same old stuff Bollywood was churning out in huge numbers, but that their costume or make-up was different!!




And I must say, my "hatke" story here is somewhat Bollywood style!!! My quick bread didn't turn out all that different either. If you look carefully at the recipe, you will find that it really is a mega muffin posing as a bread.
I found the recipe at Eating Well and I tweaked it slightly to make it eggless and added some raisins. If you are careful to ensure that the batter is not over-mixed, this recipe produces a reasonably light and soft bread. And no one would believe it has oats in it because you just can't see it in the bread.


Honey Oatmeal Quick Bread


Ingredients:


1 1/3 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup + 1 1/2 tbsp rolled oats

1 cup all purpose flour

2 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup plain low fat yogurt

1 cup low fat milk

1/4 cup oil

1/4 cup mild flavoured honey

1 tbsp powdered flax seed + 3 tbsp warm water




Method:


Place all the dry ingredients (the first 6 ingredients above, keeping the 1 1/2 tbsp of oats aside) in a bowl and whisk a couple of times to mix them well. 

In another bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients just enough to mix them. Make a well ion the dry ingredients and pour the wet mixture into it. Very gently mix the two together, taking care not to over mix. The batter will be quite thick and lumpy.

Scrape this batter into a greased loaf pan and sprinkle the 1 1/2 tbsp of oats on top. Bake the loaf at 190C for about 45 minutes till the top is brown (not dark) and a skewer/ knife inserted into the loaf comes out clean.
Cool the loaf in the tin for about 15 to 20 minutes and then turn it out on a rack to cool completely. Slice and serve.
This bread tastes better the next day. Its excellent, when toasted and buttered, along with a cup of coffee or tea.


This is my submission to BBD # 18 which is guest hosted this March by Mansi of Fun & Food Blog. My bread also goes to Roma who is hosting Indira's JFI with Wheat as the ingredient.




36 comments:

Happy cook said...

I love raisin breads, with a good slab of butter inthe morning, just delicious and your raisin bread looks yummy.
I do love Bollywood movie, and have few DVD which i bought last time when we were in India,some of them hubby likes, but when it is mushy one then he don'tlike to watch them so i watch them when he is gone out of country.

Rachel said...

That is truly a hatke loaf

PG said...

what a lovely bread! looks wonderful, sounds wonderful! a lovely entry!

arunshanbhag.com said...

Looks delicious! I can smell the aroma wafting in!
Thank you for sharing!
Arun

PG said...

and a "hatke" post! :D No.serously, it was fun to read. :)

Raaga said...

really quick... nice :)

Indhu said...

that's a yummy looking bread :)

Soma said...

That pic with butter on the slice make me want to pick it up & bite into it right now...

I still need to make an oat bread, & good info for novice bakers like me about the quick breads & kinds.

Sunshinemom said...

I love oatmeal bread and banana bread as well! In fact I made the latter yesterday and my son is asking for more. Will post it for BBD:) If you tell me that tastes like a muffin I am going to gobble it!!

As for Bollywood:
Your hatke recipe has me 'latke'. Hung here:)

Madhumathi said...

Oats n raisin bread..sounds healthy and delicious.Its indeed a different loaf!

Ashwini said...

Wow..Healthy ,Healthy Healthy..Love raisin bread..Delicious..

Arundathi said...

nice! good choice for BBD. Love it :)

Asha said...

I love Oat and raisin combo, looks great Aparna. I am trying to catch up with all the events these days, hardly baking. Got to bake something soon! :))

Superchef said...

love the oatmeal raisin combo!! great entry!

Mansi said...

looks fabulous and healthy! and I just love the second pic:) thanks for sharing this Aparna!:)

Curry Leaf said...

Was waiting for this Aparna.Love the hatke loaf.Unless mentioned nobody will believe it has oats.Too professional loaf.You can also send it JFI :Wheat I think at Romaspace.blogspot and also to Homemmades:Breads at (http://whatscooking.us/smf/index.php?topic=63.msg166#msg166)

Bharti said...

I think you're always gonna call this loaf the hatke loaf after this. I really like the recipe Aparna. Looks very doable. I hope to come back to it and make it.

Cham said...

I love raisin bread contrary I hate the cinnamom flavor. U ve a great taste Aparna! I like this recipe without cinnamom. The loaf is simply gorgeous :)

Priya said...

Amazing bread, wat a healthy bread,love the addition of raisin, gorgeous bread!!

Jamie said...

Aparna, your quick bread looks wonderful! I have promised myself now that we are into our new place, I want to fill it with the amazing smell of bread baking!

Pearlsofeast said...

Fantastic recipe,Aparna. Love all the combination u have used.

Pavithra Kodical said...

I love oatmeal.This looks delicious.And its vegan..cool..I have all the ingredients, will try this :)

The American Homemaker said...

I love quick breads. I've never really mastered the yeast bread thing.

jayasree said...

Just today, I was thinking why no quick bread post from you for BBD. And here it is.
Lovely bread. Looks professional.

Arfi Binsted said...

Sound delicious!!

A_and_N said...

This is awesome, Aparna. I've been looking for a simple recipe like this. So, I wil surely try this!

Divya Kudua said...

Ahem ahem..I made a Soda bread for BBD;-)lol!!...I loved your description of the bread..giant muffin..sounds like a great idea,but the bread is definitely hatke;-)

romaspace said...

Very professional slice of bread!

Aparna said...

HC,
There are many good Bollywood movies being made these days. And yes, I like movies too. My husband doesn't like "mushy" movies either and I don't like "dishum" movies but there are many others we watch together.:)

My pleasure, Arun.

:D Harini.
Looking forward to your BBD post.

That's ok, Asha. Its good to take these breaks. I'm looking forward to taking one myself, sometime soon I hope.

Thanks, Sweatha. I just sent it to Roma. I have another bread to send to Ben.:)

I think so too, Bharti now that you have suggested it.:)

Thanks, Jamie. Your new kitchen should definitely be inspiring you.:)

Divya, that's good. I never have baked a soda bread so far. Maybe next month.

Varsha Vipins said...

Oh..yum..I do make my normal yeast breads like this..with lots of oats n nuts n craisins..I loved that last pic..:)

Usha said...

I really like the sound of this quick bread, it definitely goes into my to do list :-)

vidhas said...

Mouthwatering bread. Can you pass me a slice.

Sia said...

i had seen raisin breads at HC's blog and since then i am having serious craving for them. urs look so gorgeous aparna!

Miri said...

This is definitely more "hatke" than our usual Bollywood performance!

karuna said...

look at tht lovely loaf of bread. loved the pic with the butter on the slice of bread. really nice

Rajee said...

Soooooooooooooooo gooooooood, I should enjoy it with my rose milk.