Honey-Oat Coconut Bread

 

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Remember when we were young? It wasn’t just our age dear, though, it seems we were children. I mean our life. We were young and carefree. We were untouchable. Our days were ours. Our nights were ours. We were young, dear. We belonged to each other.  154602_10150128807257004_939545_n

Remember that one time, I came home from work and you had surprised me with a little grill and had made me a steak dinner? Remember how we would ride our long boards down a mile long hill when it was pitch dark? We were so young. 

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Remember my little townhouse? With my impossibly small and ugly couches that I just loved? Remember when we loaded up the car and went camping and hiking with no plan and ended up pitching a tent at some carny camp ground? 

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I remember. I remember when you fell asleep with your head in my lap watching a movie. I whispered “I love you” because I knew, even back then. I remember baking you bread and pie and drinking black coffee. I remember how we would hold hands in the car while you sang along to songs, but changed the words to be about me. I remember seeing movies and eating ice cream and being untouchable. We were that young. 

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Years have passed. They feel like decades. We’ve changed, dear, I believe for the better. We’ve started a family. We’ve endured loss and I couldn’t have made it without you.  We’ve been weathered and shaken and I think we’re doing just fine despite it all. Because we have each other. 

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Just promise me you’ll always remember when we were young. See me that way, as the girl who sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow driving home from the City. Remember that girl, when I sing it to our kids each night. Jump off the pier with me. Hike by the lake with me. Share a pot of coffee. Look at me with those artic blue eyes, dear, the way you do. Then, we’ll always be young.  38733_472803702003_6099374_n

And when you ask me to make the bread I used to, it will be on the counter that night when you come home after the kids are asleep. It will still be warm when I cut off a thick slice and bring it to the couch. We’ll sit side by side, watch our favorite show and eat bread, like we’re young and I’ll love you even more than I did back then. 

 

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Honey-Oat Coconut Bread
A sweet and chewy bread with a toasted coconut hint of flavor
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup whole wheat flour
  2. 2 cups all purpose flour
  3. 1/2 cup oats
  4. 1/4 cup toasted coconut (toast in a 350 degree oven for 10 min)
  5. 2 1/2 tsp yeast
  6. 1 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 1 cup milk (coconut milk or almond milk works well)
  8. 1/4-1/2 cup warm water
  9. 2 tbs butter or coconut oil
  10. 1/4 cup honey
  11. optional: 1 1/2 tsp coconut extract
For The Top
  1. 2 tbs warm honey
  2. 1 tbs oats
  3. 1 tbs coconut
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the milk. Stir until the mixture is warm and add honey and the optional coconut extract.
  2. Put all of the dry ingredients into your mixer with the dough hook attachment and mix it well.
  3. Add the wet mixture and mix until moistened.
  4. Add 1/4- 1/2 cup warm water. Just enough to make the dough form a ball and clean the sides of the bowl.
  5. Knead for a few minutes.
  6. Cover and let rise for an hour
  7. Preheat the oven to 350
  8. Roll your dough out into a rectangle and then roll up the dough into a log. Pinch the seams closed and place in a bread pan to rise for at least 30 more minutes.
  9. Brush the top with warm honey and sprinkle with coconut and oats and then bake it for 30 minutes
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