Sandwich Bread and Standardized Patients

Out first standardized patient exam is tomorrow!  We’ll be inquiring about our patients’ present illness and past medical history and taking their vital signs (pulse, respiration, and blood pressure). We have a quiz at 8AM and then I’m not scheduled for an exam slot until 2:20, so I’m going to stay at school in between and study. Why do I tell you this? Because that schedule means that I’ll need to pack a lunch tomorrow. And why is that relevant to this post? Because I was out of bread. So I made some.

 I mixed up the dough while I was studying yesterday and let it rise for about six hours (total) – I wasn’t in any hurry and this dough is pretty dense due to the wheat flour.

 I used some sort of long loaf pan (that actually belongs to my roommate,) so that’s why the loaf didn’t get very tall. In a regular size loaf pan, it should look a little prettier, i.e., more vertical.

Before baking the bread, I coated the top of the loaf with honey-butter and sprinkled on ground oatmeal.

The honey-butter pools in the corners of the pan and makes the corners of the baked bread deliciously caramel-y. No one will ignore the end-slices from this loaf! 🙂

I think that baking bread is one of the most beautiful things in this world. And the smell is absolutely divine.

 Slice it up and enjoy while it’s warm! And then the next day as a sandwich in your lunch. 🙂

Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for work surface
  • 1 1/2 whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp table salt
  • 1 cup milk, warm (about 110 degrees F)
  • 1/3 cup water, warm (about 110 degrees F)
  • 2 tbsp  butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 package or 2 1/4 tsp yeast
  • approximately 3 Tbs oatmeal, coarsely ground
  • 2 Tbs of melted butter
  • 2 tsp of honey

Combine warm milk and water, yeast, honey, and melted butter. Add to flours and salt. Knead (by hand or with a dough hook) until dough is smooth and then about five minutes more.* Place in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a damp dish towel. Allow to rise until about doubled in size. Punch down, knead for about a minute, and then shape into a log that fits into the bottom of your greased loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let rise until it fills the pan and rises above the top edge. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and mix up honey butter. Brush the loaf with honey butter and sprinkle with ground oatmeal. Pour two cups of water into another baking pan and place on the bottom rack of the oven. Place the bread on the upper rack of the oven and bake for about 40 minutes, or until well browned and sounds hollow when turned out of the pan and thumped. Remove from pan and allow to cool before diving in with a knife and some butter.

*Once I tried making bread without kneading it enough and every slice of the baked bread crumbled. It tasted delicious, but it didn’t work at all for sandwiches. You have been warned.

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