Welcome to another edition of our Teacher Tuesday Posts, where we highlight the amazing instructors that teach at our local Honeyville Farms locations. Today we have a special treat, as we’re featuring a pair of tag-team teachers, baking enthusiast, and alternative cooking extraordinaire’s, Ken and Cathy O’Leary. The O’Leary’s teach frequently at our Rancho Cucamonga, CA store, on a wide variety of topics, ranging form Sun Oven and Dutch Oven cooking, to basic baking and canning techniques. Today their focus is bread baking, and they’ve prepared a delicious Oatmeal Bread Recipe using Honeyville products. So, let’s hear from Ken and Cathy themselves!

Ken & Cathy O’Leary

Hello Honeyville fans! We’re Ken and Cathy O’Leary! We are both natives of California, born and raised right here in the Southern California area. Currently we teach a wide range of classes at the Honeyville Farms Rancho Cucamonga, CA store. Our focus has always been on family. We’ve raised 4 children, and have always felt that what we were taught at church about being prepared and becoming self reliant were very important. Over the years, we’ve taught people all about canning, gardening, and keeping their home in good repair. We were taught by others also about cooking in the outdoors, and that soon became one of our greatest passions. Cathy is the daughter of a 4th generation baker and loves to bake. She has baked all her own bread for the last 25 years, including baking 9 loaves of bread every Saturday morning for the past 10 years.

We love teaching classes about how to use your food storage, baking bread using whole grains, gardening, canning, emergency preparedness, and alternative cooking methods. Here is just one of the many recipes we love to teach, as well as bake in our home. We hope you enjoy it!

Oatmeal Bread

2 Tbsp Active Yeast
1 1/2 cup Boiling Water
1/2 cup Honey
1 Tbsp Salt
6 1/4 cups Honeyville Hard White Wheat, milled (you could also use Honeyville Alta Artisan Flour)
1 cup Honeyville Regular Rolled Oats
1/3 cup Butter
2 Eggs

Pour boiling water over oats and let set for about 15 minutes.

Add honey, butter, salt, and eggs to oats and mix together.

Add 4 cups of flour with yeast to your mixture, mix together. Slowly add the remaining flour until the dough cleans the sides of the bowl.

Knead mix for about 8-10 minutes.

Let dough rest for about 20-30 minutes. Punch down dough and form into 2-3 loaves of bread in your bread pans.

Let rise an additional 30 minutes in the bread pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, or until bread is golden brown on top.

If you’re interested in finding more recipes on baking, outdoor cooking, and emergency preparedness, come check out our classes at our Honeyville Farms retail store location in Rancho Cucamonga, CA during September.