Golden Toast

Every year for Easter, since my mother was young, she has been eating "Golden Toast". Golden Toast was the invention that came from my grandpa getting tired of the kids coloring 3 dozen eggs for Easter and then eventually throwing 2 dozen eggs away. It is basically a cheese sauce with eggs over toast, a fun and tasty tradition!

You start off with about a dozen hard boiled eggs. (They are a lot of fun if they are colored because sometimes the whites end up being fun colors.)
Peel the boiled eggs and separate the whites from the yolks.
Cut up the whites in to bite sized pieces and set aside.
Using a fork or a food processor, turn the yolks in to a crumbled consistency. Set aside.

You will now need to make a basic, medium consistency, white sauce.
Melt about 4 TBSP of butter in a medium sized saucepan.
Add about 1/4 cup of flour to melted butter and 1 tsp of mustard and mix until thoroughly incorporated.
Slowly whisk in about 2 cups of milk. Stir over medium to medium- low heat until this has reached a medium thick consistency.
Add 1 to 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, depending on your preference. I like it CHEESY!
Stir in egg white pieces.
Once everything is thoroughly heated, ladle over a piece of toast. Top with a TBSP or two of crumbled egg yolk. Enjoy.

(This makes enough for my family of 6 to each have two to three pieces of toast.)

Oatmeal Wheat Bread

Makes two loaves. 

2 cups milk
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup warm water (105-115°F)
2 Tbsp. yeast
1/3 cup honey
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter
5 cups white whole-wheat flour (I use 3 c. white flour, 2 c. whole wheat flour)
1 Tbl. salt

Heat milk in a 1 1/2- to 2-quart saucepan over low heat until hot but not boiling, then remove pan from heat and stir in butter, honey, and oats.  Let stand, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooled to warm.  Combine remaining ingredients and knead 5-7 minutes.* Form dough into a ball and transfer to an oiled large bowl, turning to coat. Cover bowl loosely with a damp kitchen towel; let rise at warm room temperature until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Lightly butter loaf pans. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead several times to remove air. Divide dough in half and shape each half into a loaf, then place 1 loaf in each buttered pan, seam side down, tucking ends gently to fit. Cover loaf pans loosely with a kitchen towel and let dough rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Bake until bread is golden and loaves sound hollow when tapped on bottom, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove bread from pans and transfer to a rack to cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours.

*I use instant yeast that does not need to be proofed (it just gets added with the dry ingredients).  If you are using regular active yeast, stir together water, yeast, and 1 teaspoon honey in a small bowl; let stand until foamy, 5 minutes or so, and then combine with milk mixture and then the remaining ingredients.