I do have a note for you before we get started and that is: this bread is easier to cut when completely cooled - However if your household is like my household then allowing it to cool completely is not an option. Because, what is better than fresh, warm bread straight out the oven with a little pat of butter? I can't think of anything better! Can you? I hope you enjoy creating and eating this Quick Bread as much as I did.
1 1/2 cups All-Purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oatmeal (thick cut or steel cut)
1/3 cup ground flax seed/flax seed meal
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup sunflower oil (or vegetable oil)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of each extra poppy seed, flax seeds and oatmeal to sprinkle on top (optional)
1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease loaf and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine both flours, oatmeal, ground flax seed, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
2) In another bowl combine egg, brown sugar, almond milk, sunflower oil, and vanilla extract until well combined. Make a well in the flour and add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until just moistened (batter should be lumpy). Spread batter evenly into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle the top with the extra poppy seeds, oatmeal and flax seeds. Bake for approximately 1 hour or until tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
3) Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, remove loaf from pan and allow to continue cooling to room temperature on a wire rack - approximately 2-3 hours.
To store bread: Wrap in wax paper and then plastic. Must be eaten within 2-3 days.
- Do NOT over mix this batter until all lumps have disappeared. This particular bread is very dense and over mixing will toughen the batter making it more difficult to manage, and the outcome will not be as tender.
- If you have whole flax seeds - Grind them in a clean spice grinder (or coffee grinder) to create a flax meal.
This will be a great bread to add to a brunch menu!