This Molasses Oatmeal Bread is as healthy as it is delicious. With just one tablespoon of added fat, lots of oatmeal and Vitamin B rich molasses, this bread is soft, fluffy and a favorite when I make it for friends and family.
Have you ever considered turning the Winter months into a food goal project? I suppose you could call it a New Year’s Resolution. Pick something that you’d like to master. Strengthen your kitchen skills. Whether it be cookies, lasagna, Thai food or…or how about bread? January and February would be a perfect time to learn on a new culinary skill. Declare war on your nemesis food. Decide on your task…make it once a week until you master the dish.
Me? I’m working on bread.
One of the unexpected benefits that resulted from my time in Culinary School was learning that I actually loved making bread. I used to think of it as something tedious and too hard to learn. And I truly believe that if people knew how easy it is to make fresh bread, more would take the time to do it.
I’ve been making bread as much as I can. I’ve become familiar with how the dough should feel and behave during each step of the the process. And watching the dough come to life as it rises is truly rewarding. And the aroma as it bakes is simply intoxicating. Not to mention the flavor and texture of fresh baked bread. It makes a mockery of the mass produced bread we buy on our supermarket bread aisle.
At this point in my bread making career, I’m in the process of acquiring a few great recipes that will round out my collection. Recipes that are beloved, reliable and reliable to make. I’ve not found that perfect bread cookbook yet, so have been relying on recipes I’ve found tucked inside my collection of cookbooks.
I found this Molasses Oatmeal bread recipe hiding inside one of my favorite bed and breakfast cookbooks, Dairy Hollow House. This cookbook contains some of the best soup recipes you will ever slurp, and where there’ s good soup, there’s good bread. I’ve made this molasses bread recipe many times and it’s become on of our favorites.
It’s a wonderful dark, crusty fragrant bread. Dairy Hollow House sites the recipe as being from the famous bed and breakfast, Rabbit Hill Inn, in Lower Waterford, Vermont.
The role molasses plays is important here, making the bread almost as dark as pumpernickel and with a flavor all its own. Molasses is a key flavoring in many New England breads, such as Boston Brown Bread. The thick brown syrup is a little intense on its own, but in breads like these, it is delicious. A sweetening far more dimensional than plain old sugar or even honey. Sweetness with pleasantly subtle sour bitter under note of flavor.
It’s great for a breakfast toast served with eggs. Wonderful with an apple butter or jelly. Nice for lunch with a slice of Swiss cheese melted over it. And as a base for egg salad sandwich. And possibly the best BLT you’ll eat in your entire life.
The original recipe calls for Blackstrap molasses, which will give the bread a potent bittersweet flavor. I’ve used regular molasses and find I like the flavor better.
Recipe for Molasses Oatmeal Bread
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And if you have a favorite oatmeal bread recipe a try, please let me know, I’d love to give it a try.
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A wonderful dark crusty fragrant bread from the Rabbit Hill Inn in Vermont.
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water 110 degrees
- 1/2 cup molasses blackstrap preferably
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 1/2 - 5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
In a Kitchen-aid Mixing bowl, pour the boiling water over the oatmeal and butter. Let stand 30 minutes.
In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the lukewarm water and let stand to dissolve. 5 - 10 minutes. Add the yeast, molasses and salt to the oatmeal mixture and stir well.
Using your Kitchen-aid paddle attachment, on low, stir in enough of the flour to make a kneadable dough 1 cup at a time, so that is still somewhat sticky to the touch.
Switching to the dough hook, knead until smooth and elastic on power 4. About 7 minutes. Keep adding pinches of flour until the bread just starts to clean the side of the bowl. For me, I usually end up adding about 6 - 8 pinches. The dough will still be sticky.
Transfer dough to a large oiled bowl. Turn dough to coat and cover with a clean cloth and let rise until doubled. About 1 1/2 hours.
Oil two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans. Punch the dough down and divide it in half. Shape the dough into loaves and place them in the prepared pans. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk. About 40 minutes.
About 30 minuites into the final rise, preheat over to 375 degrees.
Bake the bread until crusty, about 30 minutes. Turn the loaves out of the pans onto a wire rack. Let cook.
The original recipe calls for Blackstrap molasses, which will give the bread a potent bittersweet flavor. I've used regular molasses and find I like the flavor better.