Oatmeal Bread

This classic Oatmeal Bread is an easy recipe to get you started on your Bread Baking journey, if you are yet to begin. Perfect for everything from sandwiches to French Toast.

Oatmeal bread is a traditional home baked bread that has been popular in America since colonial times. If you are a fan of old TV shows like Little House on the Prairie & the Waltons like I am, you’ll find references to this bread. There are so many different variations of making this bread. Some simply combine the raw oats with the flour and then make bread as you would normally. Others cook the oats first. Since I had such a successful bread when I made Quinoa Bread by cooking the quinoa first, I decided to go with this method.

I adapted a Nick Malgieri recipe, but added extra fiber via flaxseed.

Don’t forget to check out the step by step video below so making this bread will seem like a breeze!

I hope this recipe inspires you to start making your own bread and here are a few other recipes to keep you going with your bread baking.

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This bread is super soft and fluffy!

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Despite the soft texture, it has enough density to hold up to things like French Toast and Bread Pudding.

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Oatmeal Bread

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Number of servings: 16

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup warm water (120 - 125 F)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 2 3/4 cups bread flour (or all purpose flour) + 1/4 cup extra for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons raw brown sugar (Demerara)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, pour boiling water over oats and stir to mix. Let cool to room temperature. The oats will have absorbed all of the water.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk warm water with 1 teaspoon of the sugar. Sprinkle yeast on top. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, until yeast turns foamy.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar, flaxseed and butter. Give this combination a quick mix.
  4. Add oatmeal and proofed yeast.
  5. Mix well and knead for 5 minutes, until you have a dough that is soft and pliable. (10 minutes if kneading by hand)
  6. Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap sprayed with non stick spray. Cover with a kitchen towel and leave to rise for 1 hour, until doubled in volume.
  7. Transfer to a lightly floured board. 
  8. Grease a loaf pan with non stick spray or butter.
  9. Roll dough into a 12x17 rectangle.  Starting at the narrow end, roll into a tight cylinder.
  10. Place in prepared pan and cover loosely with a kitchen towel. Let rise for 45 minutes, until doubled in size.
  11. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  12. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
  13. Cool completely before slicing.

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This classic Oatmeal Bread is an easy recipe to get you started on your Bread Baking journey, if you are yet to begin. Perfect for everything from sandwiches to French Toast.