honey wheat oatmeal bread

1 cup regular oats

2 cups boiling water

2 tablespoons yeast

⅓ cup warm water

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup honey

2 tablespoons canola oil

2 cups whole wheat flour

2-2½ cups all-purpose flour

Place the oats in a large bowl. Add the boiling water and let stand for 30 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine the yeast with the warm water. It should get bubbly. Add the yeast mix to the oats and stir to combine. Add the cinnamon, salt, honey and oil and mix well. Gradually add teh wheat flour and 2 cups white flour and mix. Add more white flour if necessary to get the dough to a nice consistency. Knead for 5-10 minutes. Place the dough in an oiled bowl. Cover loosely and let rise in a warm place for about 2 hours. (My kitchen can be drafty and cool; I placed the dough in the oven, turned it on to get to 100ºF and then turned the oven off and left the dough in the oven. It rose beautifully.)

Grease and flour two 9x5-inch loaf pans. Shape the dough into 2 loaves and place in prepared pans. Cover and let rise another 30-40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350ºF. Bake for 30 minutes. The bread should sound hollow when tapped with your fingers. Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan.