I have been sitting here staring at the screen for the past 20 minutes, wondering where to start. The last two months have been a total and complete blur, and today is the first day I haven’t had hit the ground running with a to-do list a mile long.
** deep breath **
In other breaking news, it’s also the first day without any rain in the forecast. We’ve certainly had our share of water-logged days lately – in the month of May alone we had over 18 inches of rain, and so far this month, we’ve had over 6 inches. That’s a lot of days with soggy dogs and paw-print covered floors……
Side note: Alexander could have used his new canoe in the street the other day, as there was so much water in such a short amount of time – it was a real-time lesson for them at how quickly people and cars can get swept away in rushing water…
Edit: It is now pouring….. and has been for quite some time, apparently – judging from the amount of water pooled in the front of the house…..
Today will be a good day to stay inside and bake. Like I ever need a reason to do that…..
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bread – adapted from Bake or Break
I made a cinnamon/cocoa powder/brown sugar filling and topping for the bread – even though the original recipe didn’t call for it. I guess my creativity was in high gear that day….
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup butter, melted (I think next time I’ll use oil – to see if it lightens the texture a bit)
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9″x 5″ loaf pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix flour, oats, both sugars, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir in chocolate chips.
In a separate bowl, beat together the buttermilk, eggs, and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined. Batter will be lumpy.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.