Spiced and herbed oat bread

by Sunita on September 14, 2009

Hope all of you have had a great weekend and an equally great start to the week. We had one of the laziest weekends ever…didn’t go anywhere, didn’t do anything noteworthy, if helping with the kids’ home work is considered exciting enough! Yes, we just ate and , as I said, were plain “lazy”. But, to be honest, it was quite relaxing, without the worries and deadlines.

I am probably still feeling a bit lazy, but before I stop writing, I better note down the recipe for the spiced and herbed oat bread, that I had promised in an earlier post. This is a very simple recipe. The bread has  a lovely crust and the crumb has a slight heat.

What’s needed-

1 and 1/2 C whole wheat flour (atta)
1/2 c oat flakes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp fast action dried yeast
1C warm water ( may need a few tblsps more)
1 tsp crushed red chillies
1 tsp dried oregano
a little coarse cornmeal to dust the baking tray
a few tblsps of sesame seeds for the topping

How to-

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, yeast, oregano, oats, chillies, salt and sugar.
  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour the 1C of warm water. Start to mix and once everything comes together, knead for about 6-7 minutes to form a smooth but firm ball of dough. If the dough appears to be too dry, wet your hands a little and knead the dough.
  3. Place the ball of dough in a greased bowl and toss the dough in it. Cover the bowl loosely with an oiled plastic wrap, and leave to rise till doubled in volume ( about an hour and a half).
  4. Dust a baking tray with the cornmeal.
  5. Punch back the dough and knead for another 4-5 minutes. Shape the dough like in the pictures  and place in the pan.
  6. Brush the top with a little milk and sprinkle the sesame seeds. With a sharp knife, make three diagonal cuts. Cover the pan loosely with another piece of oiled wrap and leave to rise for another hour.
  7. Pre heat the oven at 250 deg C. Place the pan in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 22-23 minutes. Cover the top with a piece of foil ( to avoid over browning) and bake for another 13-15 minutes.
  8. Cool the bread in the pan for a couple of minutes and transfer to a rack to cool completely before slicing.

We enjoyed slices of this crusty oat bread…

with some salmon and mixed beans soup for a hearty meal.

With the weather cooling down considerably, this was a very satisfying combination.


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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Neeta September 14, 2009 at 11:34 pm


I just started another blog, I would be really honored if you came visiting……


xxx Neeta


2 sunita September 17, 2009 at 8:47 am

All the best Neeta…will check it out :-)


3 Mona September 15, 2009 at 12:09 am

Hmmmmmmm, that click makes me drool Sunita!


4 Sunita September 17, 2009 at 8:49 am

Thanks Mona :-)


5 A&N September 15, 2009 at 1:20 am

I love how you come up with different flavours for different breads :)


6 Sunita September 17, 2009 at 8:50 am

Thanks A&N:-)


7 rachel September 15, 2009 at 2:22 am

very comforting meal there!


8 Sunita September 17, 2009 at 8:50 am

Thanks Rachel, yes we did enjoy the meal very much :-)


9 Rosa September 15, 2009 at 4:07 am

Your bread looks so good! Beautiful!




10 Sunita September 17, 2009 at 8:50 am

Thanks Rosa.


11 Khaugiri September 15, 2009 at 4:19 am

Sounds interesting! Will definitely try this.


12 Sunita September 17, 2009 at 8:51 am

Thanks Khaugiri, do give it a try.


13 CurryLeaf September 15, 2009 at 5:36 am

Wow, I was waiting for this.Looks great.Hearty & Healthy bread


14 Sunita September 17, 2009 at 8:51 am

Thanks…we did love it a lot .


15 Meeta September 15, 2009 at 6:19 am

perfectly gorgeous. it looks so professional like one from a bakery!


16 Sunita September 17, 2009 at 8:51 am

Aww, thanks Meeta :-)


17 Neeta September 15, 2009 at 10:49 am

your pictures are so beautiful……i hope one day i’ll be able to create images like this!!
you are so inspiring……….


18 Sunita September 17, 2009 at 8:52 am

Thanks Neeta..and of course you will …it took me nearly three years to reach here :-)


19 Happy Cook September 15, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Wow that bread looks so beautiful i love the shape.


20 Sunita September 17, 2009 at 8:52 am

Thanks HC


21 Ann September 15, 2009 at 6:17 pm

What a hearty loaf of bread. It looks so perfect!


22 Sunita September 17, 2009 at 8:52 am

Thanks Ann :-)


23 Cynthia September 16, 2009 at 1:54 am

You make such droolworthy food.


24 Sunita September 17, 2009 at 8:53 am

Thanks sweetie…and yes, same pinch to you ;-)


25 Miri September 17, 2009 at 6:26 am

I didn’t know you were back to blogging…. all this is leaving me so confused…



26 Sunita September 17, 2009 at 8:48 am
27 Gala September 17, 2009 at 8:47 am

Love your bread, it looks really good!


28 Sunita September 17, 2009 at 8:53 am

Thanks Gala :-)


29 Shri July 2, 2010 at 11:03 am

I have a Q about the ‘Fast action dried yeast’ used in the recipe. I can only procure ‘active yeast’ from the store, so will be supplementing this in the recipe, so can I use the same qty as mentioned here?


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