Moist and rich with a velvety texture, oatmeal bread is a wonderfully comforting loaf of homemade bread.
This is the kind of bread that just begs to be sliced and slathered in butter. The kind of bread that encourages over indulgence, honestly. So good.
Molasses is the sweetener in this bread and it also adds a lovely dark color to the final loaves. The molasses flavor is light and sweet, it is not overpowering by any means.
If molasses isn’t your thing or isn’t available easily in the pantry, you could substitute honey. It will be slightly different in flavor and color but still delicious.
Soaking the Oats
It can be tempting to skip the soaking of the oats and just add them to the bread dough – don’t. It is that soaking of the oats that gives the bread it’s amazing texture.
Plan ahead slightly for the boiling, soaking, and cooling of the oats before moving on with the rest of the bread dough.
Optional Oat Topping
To give the bread a slight decorative topping, brush some melted butter or an egg white wash over the loaves and sprinkle with some oats during their second rise.
It will give a little extra crunch to the bread as well as a pretty look.
- 1 3/4 Cup Boiling Water
- 1 Cup Rolled Oats
- 1/3 Cup Butter
- 1/2 Cup Molasses
- 1 Tablespoon Dry, Active Yeast
- 1 Tablespoon Salt
- 1/4 Cup Warm Water
- 2 Eggs
- 6 Cups Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour
- Mix together the boiling water, oats, butter, and molasses. Stir together and allow to cool to about 110 degrees Fahrenheit - room temperature is also fine. Then proceed.
- Combine the yeast and 1/4 Cup warm water and allow to get foamy.
- Mix the yeast into the cooled oat mixture. Stir well.
- Add the salt and eggs. Stir until combined.
- Begin adding the flour and mix until a dough begins to form.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic. It will be a slightly sticky dough.
- Place the dough into an oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled about an hour.
- Grease bread pans.
- Punch down the down and divide in half.
- Knead and form into loaves.
- If desired, brush the loaves with 1 Tablespoon of melted butter and sprinkle with rolled oats for decoration.
- Cover with a towel and let rise about 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
- Bake the risen loaves in the preheated oven for 50 minutes. When done they will sound hollow when tapped with the knuckle.
- Remove from the pans immediately and let cool on wire racks.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 30 slices Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 236mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g
I try but cannot guarantee this nutritional information is 100% accurate.