No knead breads are the best! Soft sweet bread with the nutty chew of oats encircles a ribbon of cinnamon sugar. It’s a delightfully indulgent loaf that requires absolutely no kneading.
The smell of fresh bread can be a powerful thing–it’s one of a few scents that has the ability to stop people in their tracks. Amidst all the hustle and bustle of daily life, those in proximity to that gloriously yeasty smell wafting through the air can’t help but take a moment of pause to bask in the comforting aroma. Although I’ve often witnessed that power in action in my own home, never was the phenomena more pronounced that when I lived and worked across the boarder from the Canadian Club factory in Windsor, Ontario.
What on earth does the scent of fresh bread have to do with living near a whiskey factory? Allow me to explain. Most of the time being a few miles across the water from a whiskey factory meant that nearby neighbors would catch a whiff of that sour-mash, wrinkle their noses, and rush into the nearest shelter to escape it. That sour smell could bring you to your knees on a hot summer day! But for a few days each month, the smell drifting across the boarder was so similar to that of freshly baked bread that the same neighbors that couldn’t wait to escape the nefarious perfume a few days prior behaved quite to the contrary. After one whiff and rather than run away, they would instead halt, close their eyes, deeply inhale the doughy bouquet, and smile.
As for me, the aroma of fresh bread is deeply rooted in the depths of that same feeling of personal contentment.
No Knead Cinnamon Swirl Oat Bread invokes much the same feelings in me.
Whether it’s the sweet, nutty flavor from the oats, or the comforting scent of cinnamon sugar is hard to pinpoint. All I know is that I physically incapable of smelling No Knead Cinnamon Swirl Bread baking in the oven without having a feeling of serenity wash over me.
Now that’s a powerful aroma! The fact that this bread comes together easily, requiring absolutely no kneading makes baking fresh bread a reality for all.
Simply stir the ingredients together with a wooden spoon. Let the dough rise, divide it in half, roll out, add filling, roll it up, and pop it into pans.
Another brief rise and the no knead bread is ready for the oven.
It makes the tranquil feelings brought forth by the risen loaf that much closer.