This week I decided to try my hand at revamping one of my favorite bread recipes. I have always loved oats whether its in oatmeal, the filler in meat loaves and meatballs, and in Oat Bread. I have not enjoyed oats as much as I used to as they are just too rough to pass through my abbreviated colon easily. My gastroenterologist had told me they were okay to eat but after I wound up in the hospital yet another time with a severe diverticulitis attack the dietician vehemently disagreed with him. I have experimented with oats since then in limited quantities in bread and as a filler in meat loaf but the results were never truly satisfactory.
Then last week I decided to give baking a Honey Oat loaf another try with a new group of modifications to make the oats easier to digest. First I ground the oats to a fine powder. Then I used boiling water, as opposed to warm water, and waited for it to cool to the proper temperature before proceeding with the rest of the recipe. This resulted in a slurry which blended well with the flour and other ingredients. I used a generous amount of water to compensate for the amount absorbed by the ground oats. After proceeding with the recipe I thought about how much I miss adding sesame seeds, a taste I have always enjoyed, to my doughs. I compensated for this by adding a small amount of tahini to the dough as it was being kneaded so that it would work it ways throughout the dough.
The bread was baked and came out as a beautiful loaf! Lo and behold it also agreed well with my stomach and possessed a perfect hint of sesame flavor. Not only did I enjoy it fully but so did my daughter and then some of her friends who all gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up!