This Oatmeal Bread is easy to make at home and has a fantastic texture and great nutty flavor from the oatmeal, brown sugar, and molasses in the recipe.
I am very excited to announce a fun project I have been working on! Drumroll, please...
I present, the Knead Some Sweets Baking Challenge!! Call it a quarantine baking challenge, stuck at home baking challenge, or even COVID-19 baking challenge! (I know, we all despise that word already.) This is also a bit of a birthday baking challenge actually. Tomorrow is my birthday and I came up with this idea to be a kind of a virtual birthday baking party for me!! haha!
I came up with this idea as a little project for the many people who have more time at home these days. This challenge is meant to be mutually beneficial: giving you something to do and helping me grow my blog!!
How to participate in the challenge:
- Make at least one recipe from kneadsomesweets.com. It doesn't matter which recipe, can be this Oatmeal Bread recipe, a cookie recipe, cheesecake, you name it! You get to choose!
- Leave a comment on the recipe post with your authentic review and a rating of the recipe. Let me know how the recipe went! What did you love about it? Who did you make it for? What did they say? I want this to be authentic. I'm not just asking for 5-star reviews. Let me know if you think something is off with the recipe. I want your feedback! Feedback helps me develop amazing recipes! Be sure to leave a starred rating of the recipe in your comment - this helps others see that someone has made the recipe!
- Email a photo of what you made to [email protected] and tell me which recipe you tried! This step lets me know which one of my recipes you made and also validates that you have followed all the steps!
- Optional: Complete all 3 steps more than once to get extra entries!
Complete all 3 steps and you have helped my blog immensely and probably had a lot of fun doing it!
Once the challenge is finished, I will be randomly selecting 2 participants to each win a $15 (CAD) Starbuck's gift card!!
This challenge is open to residents in Canada and the United States, although the gift cards will be in Canadian dollars only. Winners will be notified via the email address used to send the photo in step 3 of the challenge. The electronic gift cards will be emailed to the winners after I have established contact with them via email.
This challenge starts today, April 6, 2020, and will finish April 20, 2020, at 11:59 pm. Be sure to complete all steps before then and you will be entered to win one of the gift cards that I will randomly select winners for on April 21, 2020!
How this challenge helps me and my blog:
When you participate in this challenge, you help Knead Some Sweets (and me!) in a few ways:
- You make my recipes! It means SO much to me when I see people making the recipes that I pour much time and effort into developing, photographing, and posting for that very purpose!
- You give back to me by reviewing my recipes. When you leave a rating/review on any one of my recipes it makes others much more likely to try the recipe! I look at it in this way:
Making my recipe = taking what I offer for free and using it.
Reviewing my recipe = letting me know that you appreciate said recipe offered for free and would like to give back to me in the form of helping me grow the following on my site, which in turn enables me to go on to greater things in the future! Such as making an income from my blog or other exciting opportunities in the foodie world! Awesome, right?!
Thirdly, you make my day by emailing me a picture of my recipe that you baked!
Ok, in all the baking challenge excitement I have hardly had a chance to talk about this Oatmeal Bread recipe! I am so excited to be sharing this bread recipe that I have been testing for the past few weeks! My family loves it and I'm sure you will too!
What better time to learn how to make homemade bread than right now!! This Oatmeal Bread is simple and really fun to make. I am sure you will fall in love with the art of baking with yeast very quickly!
Don't have instant yeast?
This recipe calls for instant yeast. Also called quick yeast, this yeast is different than active dry yeast or traditional yeast. If you only have active dry yeast, you can still make this recipe!! All you need to do is proof the yeast before adding it to your recipe.
To do this, you will need to reduce ½ cup of the boiling water called for in the recipe. You will use ½ cup of lukewarm water (no hotter than 110℉) with ½ teaspoon of white sugar stirred in. Stir in 2 teaspoons of active dry yeast and let the mixture sit on the counter for 10 minutes. The yeast should foam and get bubbly and frothy. Now the yeast is ready to add into the dough. Add the yeast mixture to the oats/water/molasses mixture ONLY once it has cooled to 110℉. If the mixture is too hot, the yeast will be destroyed and the bread will not rise.
This bread has a very unique texture thanks to the oatmeal and molasses in the recipe. Slightly denser and almost chewier than white or whole wheat bread, but still fluffy and delicious! The nutty flavor of this bread is amazing too! So flavourful and perfect to accompany a soup, make a sandwich with, or just toasted for breakfast!
If you make this recipe, I invite you to please share an honest review and rating in the comments below, and share on social media using my hashtag: #kneadsomesweets! Thank you for supporting Knead Some Sweets!
- large mixing bowl
- measuring cups & spoons
- 2 9x5-inch loaf pans
- non-stick cooking spray
- 2 ½ cups boiling water
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 4 - 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast (quick-rise) (see recipe notes for substitute)
- 1 tablespoon salted butter, melted (to brush on the loaves after baking)
- Stir together the boiling water, oats, brown sugar, molasses, salt, and oil in a heat-safe bowl or measuring cup. Let mixture cool until lukewarm (110℉), it will thicken slightly as the oats soak up the water.
- In a large bowl, stir together 4 cups of flour and instant yeast. Add the oat mixture only once it has cooled to 110℉. Stir together to form a loose dough before turning onto a lightly floured counter. Knead for 7-10 minutes, adding flour as needed until the dough is smooth and just slightly tacky without sticking to your hands. Be careful not to add too much extra flour or the dough will become tough. ½-3/4 cup added is normal.
- Shape the dough into a ball and place in a large bowl that has been greased with oil, seam side down. Spead a little oil over the top of the dough and cover loosely with plastic wrap and then a dry towel and put in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
- Grease 2 (9x5-inch) loaf pans with nonstick spray or butter. Once the dough has risen, punch down to deflate all air bubbles. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 2 equal pieces. Shape each piece of dough into a loaf and place each loaf in each prepared pan. Cover each pan with plastic wrap and then a dry towel and put in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350℉ right before the loaves are done rising. Bake the risen loaves together on the middle rack of the oven for 40-45 minutes or until browned on top and around the bottoms. Brush the loaves with a little melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven to add a glossy look and soften the crust. Let the loaves rest in their pans for 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Let the bread cool for at least 20 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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