Herbed Oat Pan Bread

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Prep Time: 20 minutes Wait Time: 60 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves: 6-8

1 cup water

1/2 cup quick-cooking oats

1 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg

TOPPING:

2 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1-2 tablespoons oats

Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a saucepan, bring water to a boil; stir in oats. Remove from the heat. Stir in 1 1/2 tablespoons butter; cool to 120 degrees F (130 degrees F). In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, yeast and salt; set aside. Beat in oat mixture until moistened. Add egg. Beat with electric hand mixer at medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form stiff dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes. Punch dough down.

Press dough into a greased 8x8 inch baking pan or 8 inch round pie plate. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. Brush with 2 1/2 tablespoons melted butter.

Combine all topping ingredients expect oats. Pour mixture over bread. Sprinkle butter topped bread with reserved oats. Bake bread in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until brown.