Happy Father’s Day! [Dr. Tom’s Oatmeal Bread]

Dad with us twins almost twenty years ago.

Since it’s Father’s Day I thought it would be fun to share a recipe with you that is a delicious creation of my Dad’s.  As a  physician, my Dad definitely practices what he preaches; exercise every day and healthy eating. His discipline is quite impressive.
When my parents bought a bread machine several years ago, my Dad started making his own recipe for a bread that would meet both his health requirements and taste good.  Years later, he’s finalized a recipe for his favourite bread and he makes it all the time, he’ll often make a few loaves in one go to slice and keep in the freezer.
A typical lunch for my Dad combines his bread with hummus and sliced tomatoes; no fuss, and of course, it’s fresh and healthy goodness. So, I told my Dad I wanted to make his bread for the blog, and he was very enthusiastic (he even came up with calling it “Dr. Tom’s Oatmeal Bread”).  We made it together and when I took it out of the bread machine I was pretty disappointed to see that the loaf and risen too high and collapsed in on itself.   Ever the supportive father, Dad assured me that since you can really play around with the quantities of each ingredient without it making a huge difference it would still taste great, it just looked bad. Excellent. Oh well, he was right! It was still delicious.  I guess he just has the magic touch for his bread…I’ll have to keep practicing.  Thanks, Dad!

Dr. Tom’s Oatmeal Bread

Put in the bread machine in this order:
2 1/4 cups water (room temp)
3 tbsp powdered milk (Dad says: if you don’t have this on hand, don’t worry! It will work anyways)
3 tbsp olive oil
6 tbsp honey
4 3/8 cup whole wheat flour (I laughed when Dad told me this measurement, just eye ball the “3/8” of a cup)
1 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup wheat germ (if you don’t have this, substitute another 1/4 cup of oatmeal)
3/4 tsp yeast

Put in the bread machine on the 3lbs, light loaf setting.


(One of my favourite things to do with this bread is to make garlic cheesy toast: spread olive oil and crushed garlic on a slice of bread and melt cheese on top in the microwave…sooooo good.)
Happy Father’s Day!!


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