Tuesday, August 17, 2010

TWD: Oatmeal Breakfast Bread


Some mornings come easily. You know, the ones where you wake up a few minutes before your alarm, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? Or even better, those lazy Sunday mornings where you turn off your alarm and just wake up when you feel like it, lolling about in bed until the idea of eggs and bacon or a hot cup of coffee pulls you out. I love those mornings, and my mornings are normally the former. Leaping out of bed at 4:30a so I can get to the YMCA when it opens at 5a? That was my standard ritual when I lived in Wisconsin. Of course, I tended to wind down earlier than most in their mid-twenties *cough*9p*cough*, but it's okay - the fiance's the same way.


But lately? Well, since I moved to Chapel Hill, I've been sleeping terribly. I try to get to bed around 10, but I've had nights where I wake up every single hour the whole night through. And that's assuming I can actually fall asleep! Last Sunday night, after an exhausting but incredibly fun whirlwind visit to Charleston, I actually sat in bed and read for four hours trying to fall asleep. By 1:30a, I finally fell asleep, but popped right back up at 6:30a. My body was ready to start the day!

Ha.


Unfortunately, my body only thought it was ready to start the day. I spent all Monday wandering around, going "huh?" whenever someone talked to me. The amount of blank staring at walls, books or floors was a bit embarrassing. It's times like this that make me remember why coffee is such a wonderful thing. And breakfast. Because no matter how awful you feel, sitting down to a cup of coffee and a slice of toast or bowl of cereal is a wonderful ritual.


Even better though? When quick breads like this oatmeal breakfast bread are around. Maybe that's why I'm so zombie-like after that terrible night's sleep - no more oatmeal quick bread sitting around, studded with dried tart cherries, waiting for me. It just disappeared too quickly, despite the fiance's dislike of cherries - that had just meant there was more for me!


Last Week: Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream
Next Week: Crunchy and Custardy Peach Tart

20 comments:

Judy said...

I understand about the sleep issues. I try to turn the lights out about the same time each night, but I never know whether I'll wake up at 5 am or at 7 am. It's a mystery.

I almost used sour cherries in my bread, since they are one of my favorites. I chose dates for a change this time.

Oh, and I love the photos that Helene took of you and your fiance.

Tia said...

early to bed early to rise! beauty secret is sleep. it's all good!

Mary Ann said...

I love the shape of your bread. It's beautiful. I bet this tasted good with dried cherries.
I go back and forth between the two methods of waking up you described. Oh well!

Sabrina said...

Your bread is so beautiful. I love the shape and texture. Very nice job.

Natalie said...

What a beautiful looking bread! Great idea to put it in a bundt pan. Thanks so much for baking with me.. wishing you better sleep!

Pamela said...

Ugh...there's nothing worse than trying to function normally after a crumby night of sleep, or lack there of. Glad you enjoyed the bread.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

i stink at getting up-- i always hit the snooze button three times! what a cute little bread...love the shaoe of the pan. and tartelette took some gorgeous photos of you two!

Bridget said...

Oh my gosh, I had no idea how adorable your fiance was!

Anyway...yes, stress, it is not so good for the sleeping, is it? Hopefully everything settles down after the wedding, and you can live a normal, sleep-filled life. Or at least as normal as grad school can be.

I made this last night and haven't tried it yet. Stupid trying-not-to-gain-weight.

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your bread looks beautiful! I love the shape.

Di said...

Great idea to make this in a bundt pan. I'll have to try that. I normally sleep very soundly, but I've been sleeping very poorly lately, too. I blame it on being in Texas in August. =) Even with a/c, it gets pretty warm upstairs in our house, which is where my bedroom is. I can't wait for fall to get here...

Shandy said...

I love the shape of your little loaf/bundt cake of oatmeal breakfast bread! So Cute!

You poor sleep deprived thing! I wonder how come your sleep pattern changed after your move?

thewhimsicalcupcake said...

I know all too well about the sleeping blues. Lately I can't stop tossing and turning at night which wakes me up. But most mornings I'm wanting to throw my alarm clock through the window (which is on the wall that is conveniently on my side of the bed). But I'm with you... a wonderful breakfast (and milk or juice in my case) might make any morning something to look forward to :)

Your mini bundt looks so. incredibly. cute.

Jennifer said...

You need retail therapy-that will help you sleep better.:) You could visit one of my favorite haunts-A Southern Season. LOVE that place. Miss it terribly.

Your bread/cake looks beautiful!

Jess said...

Love your bundt-ish oatmeal bread. It is perfect for morning nibbling. Hope you sleep better soon!

Clivia said...

I love that you made this in a bundt pan. The slices look so delicate. Hope your sleep cycle adjusts to your new home!

Rachel said...

Super cute mini version as per usual! Also super cute? The engagement pics of you and the fiance I saw via twitter! Congrats!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Love the bundt bread. It looks amazing. Saw your pictures on Helene's site, gorgeous!!!!!

Kayte said...

Love the shape of that...so pretty! Hope you get that sleeping thing down soon.

Julia @Mélanger said...

I've been having real trouble sleeping lately - to the point of tears sometimes. My husband caught me in the kitchen early one morning (pre-sun!) baking away. I was exhausted, but somehow managed to find my way in there. He came out and I said to him, 'baking makes me happy!'. Was a good way to distract myself. Next time I find myself there pre 5am, I may reach for this recipe!!!

TeaLady said...

A new environment often = different sleep habits. Hope the insomnia ends soon. Bummer!!

LOVE your little bundt.