Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Food

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while now, know that I have a serious love affair with bread! Yesterday, I made a batch of these very delicious oatmeal knots to eat with equally delicious vegetable beef soup.

When we ate them fresh from the oven, I simply could not restrain myself and ate four of them - yes, four! Try them, you'll love them as much as I do!!

Oatmeal Knots
Cooking Light Magazine

1 cup regular oats
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups boiling water
1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/3 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
3 cups whole wheat flour (about 14 1/4 ounces)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 ounces), divided
Cooking spray
1 teaspoon water
1 large egg
1 tablespoon regular oats
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, and add 2 cups boiling water, stirring until well blended. Cool to room temperature.
Dissolve yeast in 1/3 cup warm water in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Add yeast mixture to oats mixture; stir well. Stir in flaxseed meal.
Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Gradually add 3 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup all-purpose flour to oats mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky).
Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Press two fingers into the dough. If indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down, and let rest for 5 minutes.
Divide dough in half; cut each half into 12 equal portions. Working with one portion at a time (cover remaining dough to prevent from drying), shape each portion into an 8-inch rope. Tie each rope into a single knot; tuck top end of rope under bottom edge of roll. Place each roll on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap coated with cooking spray; let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 400°.
Combine 1 teaspoon water and egg in a small bowl; brush egg mixture over rolls. Combine 1 tablespoon oats, poppy seeds, and sesame seeds; sprinkle evenly over rolls. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks.

Yields 24 Rolls.

Guten Appetit!!


  1. Liebe Silke,
    sehr lecker!! Wem das zu aufwenig ist, dem empfehle ich das "Müslibrot für Faulpelze" von Nigella Lawson:
    200 g Früchtemüsli mit Haferflocken ohne Zucker
    350 g Weizenmehl
    1 Tütchen Trockenhefe (7 g)
    1 Teelöffel Salz
    250 ml warme fettarme Milch
    Alle Zutaten zu einem Brei verrühren und in eine Form füllen. Ab in den kalten Ofen, für 45 Minuten bei 110°C gehen lassen (45Min.), dann auf 180°C erhöhen, eine Stunde backen.
    Liebe Grüße, Verena

  2. Yummy! I have a thing for bread also! I could never understand people on low carb diets. How can anyone cut bread and rice out? lol!

  3. Thanks for a nice tip. They look so good! I think I will give them a try over the weekend...

  4. These look wonderful!!! (will have to copy recipe...)
    I love homemade breads of any type....and fresh from the oven, well, it always disappears quickly!
    Because that's whan it is best, and you wouldn't want it to go STALE and go to waste.....LOL!!!! :)


  5. Wo du grade von Brot redest.
    Daran erkennt man Deutsche im Ausland.
    Wir können an einem karibischen Traumstrand sein, die Weltwunder bereisen,uns an atemberaubenden Plätzen aufhalten, es ist einerlei.
    Am Frühstückstisch hört man uns sagen:" Hier ist es ja wirklich schön, aber Brot machen können die hier nicht."
    Und es stimmt!! (lol)
    Ich wünsch dir ein schönes Wochenende

  6. Oh, Silke! Thank you so very much. But you are fueling my bread addiction here! LOL I, too, have a big weakness for bread (just ask my husband). These look delicious - thanks for sharing the recipe. :)
    Have a great weekend!!! Theresa

  7. I do believe I could smell them clear over here...did you save me any???

  8. mouths awaterin!!!!

    happy food friday.....yumm-eeeeeeee!!


  9. They look delicious and I have a thing for bread as well. Just popped in to say have a great weekend.

  10. Ja, ich sag's nochmal, in America kann man gutes Deutsches Brot leider nicht einfach finden. Auch wenn man's selbst macht. Die alten Bauern Backoefen sind doch sehr schwierig in eine Wohnung zu kriegen ;-)

    Danke fuer das Rezept welches ich gerne mal probieren will. Es hoert sich auch ziehmlich gesund an. Ich LIEBE Brot und wenn ich gar nichts anderes haette als gutes, frisch gebackenes Brot und suesse Butter, waeher ich zufrieden.

    Enjoy your weekend, Silke - und auf Wiedersehen!

    Doris :-)

  11. These looks so yummy. I love hot bread out of the oven.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Love and hugs.

  12. Wow, wow, wow...look so good, my mouth is literally watering Silke! I have just written the recipe out, so I will let you know how they go! Have a gorgeous relaxing weekend. I've awarded you my Kreativ Blogger award if you want to visit me & pick it up. Richly deserved. Also my first 'thing about me' may make you laugh especially! Vielen Danke, Silke liebchen! xox Rachel

  13. Oh looks delicious!Congrats on the boat-it is great looking.

  14. Oh geez! The last time I tried to make bread, they turned out as hard and dense as rocks. I've never had the courage to make bread again. But yours look so fluffy and full of flavor! Mmmmmmmmmmmmm

  15. oh...bring on the fresh churned butter sister and let me at those rolls! they look so good...and I bet they smelled wonderful coming out of the forno!!!!

    have a great weekend....


  16. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!! I do believe if you bake them right before you overnight them with Fed Ex, they'll make it to my table good and fresh.

    Oh yes....

    A girl can dream, can't she?

  17. my absolute favorite! homemade bread and soup. i don't know how i missed this recipe, i have cooking light delivered every month! thank you for sharing it here Silke, i will try them for sure.
    enjoy your weekend you two ♥

  18. Dear Powers

    I have to blend out the words fascinating and enchanting as well just to describe your blog.
    I would be honored not only with a single visit but also with the possibility of having your name on our friend's group.



  19. It sounds good, but I don't make any thing with yeast I can never get it to rise. Maybe I could try it in a bread machine?

  20. I literally could not survive without bread - it is my favorite food!
    Your Oatmeal Knots look like heaven!

  21. Silke, how are you dear? Sorry I am late. I am so busy with calls. I am still working even though I am at home. The bread looks good. I love bread which is a problem.

    Okay. I hope you are doing well. More later, okay? Tsup!

  22. oh, how i LOVE baking bread...this looks so wonderful, Silke...

    i am making these soon.....thanks for sharing this with us..

    wishing you a wonderful weekend, my friend

    sending love to you

    kary and buddy

  23. The only yeast bread I've ever made is pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving. These look so good and healthy too, I've gotta try 'em!