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Old-Fashioned Brown Bread

This chewy, old-fashioned bread boasts a slightly sweet flavor that will transport you back to the old days. —Patricia Donnelly, Kings Landing, New Brunswick
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 2-1/3 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Directions

  • In a large bowl, pour boiling water over oats. Stir in butter and molasses. Let stand until mixture cools to 120°-130°, stirring occasionally.
  • In another bowl, combine 3-1/2 cups flour, yeast and salt. Beat in oat mixture until blended. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape into loaves. Place in two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°. Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 124 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch.

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