Oatmeal Molasses Bread is a winter staple around here. This warm, hearty bread is easy to make, and the perfect complement to many a winter soup or stew. The sweetness of molasses and the chewy, soft texture of the oats imparts a deeply satisfying and flavorful experience. Enjoyable to the final crumb.
Oatmeal Molasses Bread
Recipe makes two loaves of bread.
- 1 cup warm Water
- 6 tsp Dry Active Yeast
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1 tbsp Flour + 2 cups Flour + 3 – 4 cups Flour
- 2 Eggs
- 1 cup Molasses
- 1/2 cup Canola Oil + some Oil for greasing pans and bowls
- 1 cup Buttermilk
- 2 tsp Salt
- 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- Combine the warm water, yeast, sugar, and 1 tbsp of flour.
- Set them aside for about 10 minutes, or until the yeast starts to bubble and foam.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl beat together the eggs, molasses, buttermilk, and oil.
- Beat in 2 cups of flour.
- Beat in the yeast mixture, and allow the mixture to relax for a few minutes until the yeast bubbles start to appear.
- Stir in the oats.
- Gradually, add in the remaining flour – 1/2 cup at a time until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
- The molasses tends to make the dough fairly sticky, and it can be very challenging to knead by hand. It can be done, but you are in for a goopy and messy time. Knead the dough by hand for about 10 minutes or until the dough has a nice bounce to it. If you have a bread hook(s) use it, and knead the dough for about 4 minutes.
- Place the kneaded dough in a large greased bowl to rise for 1 1/2 hours, or until it has doubled in size. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth to keep the dough moist while it rises, and set the dough in a warm spot – the yeast likes warmth.
- Grease 2 bread loaf pans.
- Divide the risen dough in half, and place a half in each greased pan.
- Allow the dough to rise in the pans for another hour, or until it has once again doubled.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees 20 minutes before baking.
- Bake the bread for 40 minutes.
- Allow the bread to cool fully before slicing. The bread has a tendency to crumble if sliced while warm; although, there is something delightful about freshly baked, warm bead despite the crumbly mess.