Hands down, this oatmeal bread is my husband’s favorite homemade bread. I got the recipe from his aunt Sue, who got it from her sister Edna. I’ve seen oatmeal bread recipes in many cookbooks over the years, so I don’t know from where it originated. I don’t make it as often as I make other bread, so every once in a while Dave has to remind me that this is his favorite, and he wonders when I’m going to make the oatmeal bread again. That’s what happened the other week after I had made the rye-wheat bread. He let me know he’d really appreciate having some of his favorite bread. Lucky man, he got to eat it fresh out of the oven the next day for supper.
In addition to oatmeal (and you can use regular or minute, despite the fact that the recipe calls for minute oatmeal), you’ll need brown sugar, margarine (I use butter), salt, sugar, and water.
Mix your dry ingredients together first.
Add boiling water and stir until it is all dissolved.
Once the mixture has cooled to lukewarm, add yeast dissolved in warm water. Next, add flour until the dough is the right consistency. Put the dough into a greased bowl and let it rise until double.
Punch the dough down and let it rise again. Then put the dough into pans. This recipe makes two loaves.
Prick the loaves with a fork. This helps the air escape and keeps the bread from developing bubbles in the crust. In our Pennsylvania dutch language, the word we use is gix (it rhymes with fix.) So you can gix the dough or prick it. (It’s the same thing.)
Let it rise until double and then bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
Once you remove the bread from the oven, brush the tops with margarine, butter, vegetable oil, or Crisco. It gives the crust a nice glow and softens the texture.
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 Tbsp yeast
- ½ cup warm water
- 5 cups bread flour
- Put brown sugar, butter and oatmeal into a bowl
- Pour boiling water over the mixture and stir until well-mixed
- Let cool to lukewarm
- Dissolve yeast in warm water
- Add yeast mixture to oatmeal mixture
- Add 5 cups bread flour
- Place in greased bowl and let rise until double
- Punch down and let rise again
- Punch down and then make into loaves
- Prick through the loaves with a fork
- Let rise until double (about an hour)
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until done
I have both a Kitchen Aid and a Bosch mixer.