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Whole Wheat Oat Bread

Oatmeal was always a favorite growing up. I ate a bowl of instant oatmeal so many mornings, I am surprised that I am not sick of it! Oatmeal itself is something I continue to really enjoy both in my hot cereal as well as other things. Given that I love great bread, this seemed like a recipe that I would enjoy! I think you will too!

Whole Wheat Oat BreadWhole Wheat Oat Bread


1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons of simmering water
1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon of old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup of molasses
1 1/2 cups of flour, plus more for dusting
1/4 cup of powdered dry milk
1 1/2 teaspoons of instant yeast
3/4 teaspoon of salt
1 large egg white, lightly beaten


1. Pour the water over 1 cup oats in a medium bowl. Stir in molasses; let stand until mixture registers 115F, about 10 minutes.

2. Coarsely grind 1/2 cup oats in a food processor. Transfer to a separate medium bowl; add flours and powdered milk.

3. Sprinkle oat-molasses mixture with yeast. Stir in 1 cup flour mixture, and then the salt. Gradually stir in remaining flour mixture, about 1 cup at a time.

4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead until smooth and no longer sticky, 5 to 10 minutes.

5. Transfer dough to bowl coated with cooking spray; turn to coat. Loosely cover with plastic wrap, and let dough rise in a warm spot until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1 1/4 hours.

6. Punch down dough. Transfer to a lightly floured work surface. Knead dough once or twice. Flatten into a 9-inch circle.

7. Pull edges of dough up and in toward center; pinch to seal. Turn dough over. Pull down on dough with cupped hands to stretch top; pinch edges at bottom. Wrap hands around sides of dough; rotate to shape into a tight ball, 5 1/2 inches in diameter and 3 3/4 inches high. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray or parchment paper, seam side down.

8. Cover dough with plastic, coated with cooking spray. Let rise until doubled in bulk, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

9. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Score an X in top of dough. Brush with egg white; sprinkle with remaining tablespoon oats. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake until dark golden brown and bottom sounds hollow when tapped, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Yield: Makes one 7 1/2-inch round loaf
Source: Adapted from Martha Stewart Living

Originally posted on Canela & Comino on Apr 21, 2008.


20 Responses to “Whole Wheat Oat Bread”

  1. This looks so good! I’ve been wanting to make oatmeal bread for a long time now. I bet it would make really good bread for sandwiches too. That’s so interesting about how they have oatmeal in Peru. I bet that took some getting used to!

    Posted by Erin | April 21, 2008, 12:03 pm
  2. What a gorgeous bread!

    Posted by Deborah | April 21, 2008, 1:20 pm
  3. What a lovely and earthy bread!

    Posted by Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) | April 21, 2008, 2:03 pm
  4. Looks wonderful! I’d like a slice with some butter please!

    Posted by dobetter | April 21, 2008, 2:15 pm
  5. I love the addition of oats in bread. Looks lovely

    Posted by Rhyleysgranny | April 21, 2008, 3:03 pm
  6. This is so healthy! I try to buy healthy breads from the store, and this one is just great! nice recipe!

    Posted by farida | April 21, 2008, 4:35 pm
  7. I eat oatmeal every day. Seriously. But why don’t I make oatmeal bread? Your looks so homey and delicious. I’m feeling inspired now.

    Posted by Susan from Food Blogga | April 21, 2008, 4:37 pm
  8. Gretchen, the bread looks great. Super healthy too!

    Posted by Jamie | April 21, 2008, 5:37 pm
  9. Gretchen, that looks very good! I’ve made oatmeal bread before and the one reason I love it is that toasting it brings out the nuttiness.

    Posted by Christina | April 21, 2008, 7:14 pm
  10. I made an oatmeal bread recently that I was not at all happy with. I’m happy to see another option!

    Posted by RecipeGirl | April 21, 2008, 7:15 pm
  11. This looks so delicious…All I need is some sweet butter…j

    Posted by jasmine | April 21, 2008, 7:22 pm
  12. That bread looks good! I like the use of the molasses and oats.

    Posted by Kevin | April 21, 2008, 7:53 pm
  13. Beautiful loaf. It looks delicious — was it?

    Posted by Susan | April 21, 2008, 11:42 pm
  14. Seriously good looking bread.

    Posted by Peabody | April 22, 2008, 1:52 am
  15. Beautiful bread! Love the oat flakes on top!

    Posted by Gigi | April 22, 2008, 2:33 am
  16. I love oatmeal bread, and this looks fabulous!

    Posted by Mevrouw Cupcake | April 22, 2008, 9:15 am
  17. making bread must be the most zen-like experience for me and yours turned out wonderful!

    Posted by Aran | April 22, 2008, 4:09 pm
  18. This bread looks very hearty – I think it would be great as the bread component of a ploughman’s lunch.

    Posted by Cakelaw | April 23, 2008, 7:19 am
  19. This bread is a work of art! Looks so professional, bravo!

    Posted by shellyfish | May 8, 2008, 2:32 pm
  20. good Job!

    Posted by Tim | July 10, 2008, 4:56 am

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