Oatmeal Molasses Bread: Mom’s Recipe

Oatmeal molasses bread is still my favorite bread recipe in the entire world. My mom used to make it when I was little, and I’d eat it fresh out of the oven. It has a soft and chewy texture with a mildly sweet flavor.

Making the Dough

The older directions called for proofing yeast separately in a bowl, but that’s not necessary with instant yeast. Put all of the following into a mixing bowl:

2 1/2 c. warm water

1 T. sugar

1 T. yeast

2 T. oil

2 t. salt

1 c. oatmeal

1/2 c. molasses

Stir until the ingredients are just combined. Add to the bowl and stir until a dough forms:

6 c. flour

If it seems too sticky, add about 1 more cup of flour.

Let the dough rise until doubled, about 1 hour in a warm oven.

Spray two loaf pans and additional oil on the counter. Knead the dough a few times until it’s elastic, then divide it into 2 pieces.

Put the loaves into the prepared pans and let them rise a warm oven. I turn my oven on for 3 minutes, then turn it off and set a timer for 30 minutes. If the loaves haven’t risen enough by then, I set a timer for more time.

Baking the Loaves

When the loaves have risen to the tops of the bread pans, turn the oven to 350 and bake the loaves for 40-45 minutes, or until they are browned.

After removing the loaves from the oven, butter the tops by rubbing a cold stick of butter over the hot loaf. Each loaf will use about 1/2 T. of butter.

Wait 10 minutes before turning the loaves out onto a cooling rack. Oatmeal molasses bread slices much better once it’s cooled, but warm bread with butter is so delicious!

oatmeal molasses bread

Oatmeal Molasses Bread: Mom’s Recipe

Oatmeal molasses bread is still my favorite bread recipe in the entire world. My mom used to make it when I was little, and I’d eat it fresh out of the oven. It has a soft and chewy texture with a mildly sweet flavor.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Rising Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 28 slices

Equipment

  • 2 bread pans

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/2 cups warm water or milk for a softer texture
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup molasses not blackstrap
  • 6-7 cups flour

Instructions
 

  • Add all but the flour to a mixing bowl and stir until combined.
    2 1/2 cups warm water, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon yeast, 2 tablespoons oil, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup molasses
  • Add 6 cups of flour and stir until the dough forms. If it's sticky, add up to another cup of flour.
    6-7 cups flour
  • Let the dough rise until doubled in size. In a warm oven, this takes about an hour.
  • Grease 2 loaf pans. Punch the dough down and divide it in half. Knead to get the bubbles out and form 2 loaves.
  • Let the loaves rise until puffy, about 30 minutes, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bake the loaves for 40-45 minutes, or until they are well-browned.
  • Optional: spread butter over the tops of the warm loaves while they're still in the pans. Let them sit for 10 minutes before turning them out onto a cooling rack. For best slicing results, wait until they're completely cool.
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