A lovely, moist bread, flavoured with rolled oats and honey, with a bit of whole wheat flour as well. Keeps fresh for days and makes great sandwich bread!
When it comes to bread, I love a loaf that delivers some whole grain goodness, but that also maintains a lovely soft crumb, like my Seeded Multigrain Sandwich Bread. This Honey Oatmeal Bread also falls very much into that camp, with a good bit of rolled oats and a touch of whole wheat flour added into the mix.
I love this loaf for its great flavour from the oats and honey, its tender, moist crumb and its rustic, oat-rolled appearance. This oatmeal bread keeps well, slices beautifully and makes the most fabulous sandwiches!
Here are the simple ingredients you will need for this bread ...
- Rolled oats - the large-flake, old-fashioned rolled oats are best, though quick oats will work here as well.
- Whole wheat flour - regular whole wheat or white whole wheat are both fine
- All-purpose flour - unbleached recommended, but regular bleached is fine
- Honey - or alternately maple syrup or brown sugar
- Boiling water, salt and butter (or oil)
Step by Step Photos
- Step 1: Soak the oats in boiling water with the butter and salt, for 20-25 minutes.
- Step 2: Check the temperature of the mixture. Make sure it's cooled to lukewarm, about 110F. If it's too hot when you add your yeast, it will kill the yeast.
- Step 3: Add the proofed yeast mixture.
- Step 4: Add the whole wheat flour.
- Step 5: Add the honey.
- Step 6: Add the first cup of all purpose flour
- Step 7: Add another 1 - 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour until you have a moist dough that wraps around the hook and cleans the bowl a little.
- Step 8: Remove the dough to a floured surface and knead, adding just as much flour as need to prevent the dough from sticking.
- Step 9: Form dough into a ball.
- Step 10: Place dough into a greased bowl or measuring cup. Cover with plastic wrap.
- Step 11: Let dough rise until doubled.
- Step 12: Remove dough to a floured surface and gently deflate.
- Step 13: Form dough into a rough oval, about as long as the loaf pan.
- Step 14: Flip the dough over and pinch the sides into the centre, down the length of the loaf, pinching the ends in as well.
- Step 15: Flip back over right side up. Scatter some rolled oats on your work surface.
- Step 16: Lightly brush your loaf with water, then roll over the oats, coating top, sides and bottom of the loaf.
- Step 17: Place loaf into a greased 8x4-inch loaf pan. Cover with a greased piece of plastic wrap.
- Step 18: Let loaf rise until doubled. Remove plastic wrap and bake.
If you are new to bread making, I highly encourage you to check out my Getting Started With Yeast Bread Baking resource page, to get a good understanding of the process of making homemade bread.
This loaf will need a solid 45 minutes in the oven or until it reach at least 200F internal temperature when tested with an instant read thermometer. Be sure you are inserting the thermometer in the dead centre of the loaf for the most accurate reading. It shouldn't over-brown in that time, but check your loaf at about 35-40 minutes and if it seems in danger of over-browning, lay a sheet of aluminum foil loosely over-top for the last part of baking.
This bread will keep well stored well wrapped on the counter for several days. This bread will also freeze beautifully up to 3 months, though it will be best used within about 1 month.
The addition of soaked oatmeal to this bread produces a lovely, moist loaf, but it also means the loaf will need longer to bake off some of that moisture. This loaf will need at least 45 minutes in the oven, which is quite a bit longer than most bread loaves. A thermometer is best for testing done-ness, but if you don't have a thermometer, err on the side of leaving it in the oven a few minutes longer, rather than rushing it out, to ensure you don't end up with a loaf with an under-done middle.
Honey Oatmeal Bread
- 1 1/4 cups boiling water
- 3/4 cup large-flake rolled oats (plus more for coating)
- 1/2 tsp fine salt
- 2 Tbsp butter (or vegetable oil)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup lukewarm water
- 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour ((or more all purpose flour))
- 2 1/2 - 3 cups all purpose flour (approximately)
- Boil some water and measure out 1 1/4 cups. Add to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the rolled oats, salt and butter and stir to combine. Let stand 20 minutes, to soak and cool. *Be sure your mixture has cooled enough before you add your yeast to the bowl. If it's too hot, you will kill your yeast. Use a thermometer to test the temperature. It should be around 110F before you add the yeast. If you don't have a thermometer, let cool 5 minutes more and make sure it's just lukewarm.
- Add the yeast to the lukewarm water. Stir and let stand 5 minutes.
- Once the oat mixture is cooled enough, add the honey, proofed yeast mixture, whole wheat flour and the 1st cup of all purpose flour to the bowl. Mix to combine with the kneading hook. With the mixer running, begin adding the 2nd cup of flour in small increments, letting it mix in before adding more. Continue adding this cup and additional flour, if needed, until you have a quite moist dough, but one that wraps around the hook and cleans the bowl in spots. It may still have a sticky bit at the bottom of the bowl. That is ok. Remove the dough to a floured surface and knead a few minutes, adding a bit of flour as needed, to prevent it from sticking to your hands or the work surface. Form into a ball. Place into a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Grease an 8x4-inch loaf pan and set aside.
- Remove dough to a lightly floured surface and gently deflate it by pressing down on it with your palms. Form the dough into a rough oval, about as long as your loaf pan (set your loaf pan next to your work area to judge the length). Flip the dough over and pinch in from the sides to the centre of the dough, pinching a seam down the middle. Pinch in the ends, as well. Flip it back over, right side up. Scatter some rolled oats on your work surface. Lightly brush your dough with water (not too much - just a light coating), then roll it over the oats, rolling to cover top, sides and bottom. Place dough into your prepared loaf pan. Spray a piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray and cover the top of the pan tightly. Allow to rise until doubled again, about 45-60 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- When dough is ready, remove plastic wrap and bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until the loaf tests at least 200F with an instant read thermometer. If you don't have a thermometer, insert a tester in the side and into the centre. It should come out clean and dry. If in doubt, leave it in the oven a few extra minutes, as you probably won't hurt it. *It is unlikely that your loaf will over-brown, but check it after about 35 minutes and if it looks like it may over-brown, lay a sheet of aluminum foil loosely over-top for the last part of baking.
- Remove loaf from oven and immediately remove from pan to a cooling rack to cool completely before slicing.