Why does everyone keep the same hours? - Baking Honey Oat Bread at 3 am.

in baking •  18 days ago

I've suffered through insomnia pretty much my entire life. In high school or middle school or when I had a job I had to get up early for it wasn't so bad. It kept it in check a bit. I just had to go to school or work a bit tired. Plus I got to read a few books during those late nights.

I remember one night when I bought some Goosebumps books because they were really popular in my middle school. I read 3 of them in one night. Short little books the size of a novella, but with massive print and double spacing. Seriously, if your eyes are going, just pick up some Goosebumps. They weren't that bad though. Very low reading level though. Takes a particular talent to write at such a low reading level and keep your vocabulary so simple. Though the limited vocabulary of some kids these days is mortifying.

But then there are these days where I get turned around and it's the middle of the night and I wanna bake oatmeal cookies...or peanut butter oatmeal cookies...or banana oat bread...and I don't have any vanilla extract. I guess I could maybe bake some oat bread. But the whole world is asleep. Well...it's not...but all the people that aren't asleep are all stuck in their houses because everything's closed. Can't pick up any vanilla extract...well...if I wanted to pay the insane amount for real vanilla extract.

But, if I don't cook that bread or cookies or whatever, will I have the drive when the world decides it's time that I can go to the store to get whatever I'm missing?

Yes, I'm the crazy cooking oat bread at 2 am. Well 2:50 am. Almost 3 am. And it's honey oat bread.

I decided to use the recipe from here.

2 cups boiling water
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons salt
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
4 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons honey, warmed slightly
2 tablespoons rolled oats

The salty honey oat water is surprisingly tasty!

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No! I didn't drink it. Just licked the spoon after I stirred it.

I combined the "boiling" water and the oats and the honey together in my big mixing bowl.

I have to leave that to sit for quite a while, approximately an hour, so I put the yeast in some leftover water from boiling.

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Side note: Yeast in warm water smells fucking horrible.

It also looks kinda like vomit floating in it.

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Then, following the recipe, I poured the yeast water into the mixing bowl and added two cups of flour, then started it mixing, and was to add two more 1/2 cup at a time. This was about the time I realized this recipe sucks.

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I ended up having to add almost a full extra cup to get it to fully come together.

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Looks well enough now.

I decided to go with a large pan that's roughly 7.5 inches by 9.5 inches, because I didn't know where my "loaf" pans were, if I even still had any. I don't really bake very often, and I bake bread even less often.

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I coated it with oil, olive oil, and coated the dough with oil as well.

Now I just need to impatiently wait for the fucker to rise a bit more. Problem is it's not really that warm today. And I don't really feel like waiting hours. How long do I need to wait? FFS...

After far too much time, it's finally done!

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Ehh...maybe could be a bit more done. Back in the oven for just a bit!

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Couldn't even wait until it cooled down even a little to start cutting it.

It's alright...but could have risen a bit more. But the yeast wasn't new. And I didn't want to wait forever. Should have pounded that shit to solidify it after oiling it too, cuz the bottom separated a bit where it folded. Recipe was just a bit too salty. Also too sweet. When I think of honey oat bread, I don't think literally sweet bread. Oh well. Learning experience. Gotta make a lot of recipes to figure out which ones suck. And this was an alright middle of the night experience.

Oh, and I skipped the honey and oat glaze, because I was lazy and I didn't want to deal with using a brush and it was pointless anyway. Was already sweet as it was.

Go get some of your own yeast and try baking a loaf or two. It's really nice to have some hot bread in the morning.

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Honey oat bread sounds good. Maybe I will try to bake it but not at 3 am haha
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Thanks for sharing your insomnia activities with us, I think oat bread at 3 am sounds lovely and I would not be able to sleep through that smell, I may become an insomniac as well if I lived with an insomniac baker!

Now I just need to impatiently wait for the fucker to rise a bit more.

Hahaha speaking my language :) xo

when I bought some Goosebumps books because they were really popular in my middle school.

Those books were AWESOME!!! I still have some at my house, those where you could decide what path you should take, I always ended up dying after a 10minutes... Still it was a lot of fun reading those. I'm saving them for the future, I'm sure that in 20 or 30 years people around my age, and probably urs, will start collecting them, I'll probably be able to sell them for some hundreds.

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I didn't even know they had "choose your own adventure" style Goosebumps books. I might have liked those more. I used to love choose your own adventure books all the way back to elementary school.

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Yup, they have, damn... now I got to get out of bed to take a photo xD
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It's written right there in Portuguese, "Choose more than 20 goosebump endings!". The TV version of the books is also pretty good too!

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Hmm. Cool. Maybe I'll actually try to get ahold of some of the Portuguese versions for my studies. I've pretty much forgotten it all over the years.

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You know Portuguese? Should I start speaking Portuguese then when commenting on ur posts? Because I can ahahah

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I studied it a bit at one time. Was just starting to get where I was a bit conversational with a Brazilian friend but lost contact with them and stopped studying it.

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Brazilian hmmmmmmmm 😏😏😏

Does anyone else live in your house? If my husband did this at 3 am i would kill him. But glad you just get on with it...! Looks yum.

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