Grandma's Oatmeal Bread Recipe
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Grandma's Oatmeal Bread Recipe

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My grandmother made this bread for special occasions, and it's remained a family favorite. The aroma of it always brings hungry appetites to the table. —Marcia Hostetter, Canton, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 247 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 307 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the boiling water, butter, salt and sugar. Stir in oats; cool to lukewarm. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in the molasses, brown sugar and 1 cup flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in oat mixture and enough remaining flour to make a stiff dough.
  2. Turn out onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape each portion into a ball. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes; Shape into loaves. Place in two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes (cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly). Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (8 slices each).
Originally published as Grandma's Oatmeal Bread in Country April/May 1992, p49

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Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

"Fantastic bread! So "homey" with the oatmeal and molasses flavor :-)"

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"Can u make this with quick oats"

Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

"Love this loaf! It is slightly sweet and flavorful. I have made it several times. Makes a great simple sandwich with a slice of room-temp artisan sharp cheddar (hey, I'm in WI!). Do be ready to be patient - the initial step, adding hot water to oatmeal, needs a fair bit of cooling time before proceeding"

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"Good fresh with a bowl of soup."

Reviewed Jun. 16, 2013

"I love this bread and have just made the 2nd batch, reminds me of bread when I was a kid, cooked in my New woodfired Gourmet Oven .....awesomely wholesome, Nick, New Zealand"

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