As I said before, I am trying to make more bread instead of buying it. We love having bread with dinner, so I have started trying different recipes I have. Just like the Herb Cheese Bread, this recipe also comes from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday Cookbook.
I’ll admit, when I it came to the step that called for adding the molasses I was skeptical. I was very worried that the taste of the bread would be “weird” and that my family would turn their noses up. The molasses also gave this bread a deep brown color. Despite my concerns I carried on and finished the recipe.
Much to my surprise this bread was delicious AND my family all liked it! It actually had a bit of a nutty flavor, even though there were not nuts. This bread would be wonderful with some sunflower seeds thrown in!
Here’s the recipe, please let me know if you try it :)
The Old Farmer’s Favorite Oatmeal Bread
(makes 3 loaves, I froze two)
2 packages active dry yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons)
3 cups quick cooking rolled oats
4 cups boiling water
7 1/2 – 8 cups bread flour, divided (I actually had to add an additional cup)
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup molasses
Grease three 9×5 loaf pans. Dissolve or proof the yeast in 1/4 cup lukewarm water in a small bowl. Place the oats in a large bowl and pour the boiling water over them (make sure all the oats are covered but don’t stir). Cool to lukewarm.
Stir in two cups of flour and the yeast mixture. Cover, put in a warm place, and allow to rise until doubled in bulk.
Punch down (this was so wet that punching down was a mess LOL) and add the salt, oil, molasses and enough remaining flour (I added all the remaining flour plus one cup) to make a firm dough. Knead on a floured board until the dough is smooth and pliable.
Divide and shape into three loaves, then place each in a loaf pan (this is where I wrapped the other two loaves and put them in the freezer). Cover and allow to rise until nearly doubled.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the bread is well browned and sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on racks before slicing.
I’m always looking for bread recipes, so if you have a favorite please share! :)