Grocery Store Out of Flour?
Mine too! I have a little flour stashed in the freezer, trying to save it for special projects (both my daughters’ birthdays are coming up!) So, I worked on a beer bread recipe that uses all oat flour. Maybe you have some oats in your pantry too!
How Do You Make Oat Flour?
Oat flour is one of the easiest flours to make yourself as rolled or old fashioned oats aren’t as firm as some other grains. You can “mill” it very easily in a chopper, food processor or blender!
I find it takes just a little more than 1 cup of old fashioned oats to make 1 cup of oat flour. I just measure my oats with a rounded 1-cup measure. Then, just blend or process until very fine. Make sure to measure again after milling. Note: I do sift the milled oat flour for this particular recipe to help keep the flour fluffy.
How to Make this Bread Gluten-Free:
Oat flour can be gluten-free if you use certified gluten-free oats to make it. Oats are inherently gluten-free, but they have to be processed in a plant where there is no cross-contamination with other grains.
To make this Oat & Cinnamon Beer Bread recipe completely gluten-free, make sure you use gluten-free beer and baking powder.
Oat flour has a different density level than traditional wheat flour, so you need to use a little more oat flour. My regular Cheesy Herb Beer Bread recipe uses 3 cups of all-purpose flour, but this recipe needs 4 cups of oat flour. So you need about 1 1/3 cups oat flour = 1 cup all-purpose flour.
How’s the texture?
If I had plentiful access to all-purpose flour, I would use a combination of flours to make this bread – as oat flour can make the loaf a little dense. I try to off-set the density by adding an egg and extra baking powder to the recipe. It ends up being a nice, hearty loaf of bread. It’s similar in texture to banana bread, minus the banana moisture.
What does it taste like?
We very much enjoyed it, especially with some butter and jam! The beer gives the loaf a slightly yeasty taste. The cinnamon pairs well with the oat flour which is a little sweeter tasting than all-purpose flour. It toasts up nicely too! Enjoy and stay well! Happy Baking!