Homemade Brown Bread Recipe
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Homemade Brown Bread Recipe

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This yummy bread has a light texture and includes richly flavored ingredients like molasses, brown sugar and oats. One moist slice from these lovely loaves absolutely calls for another. -Maria Costello, Monroe, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 4-3/4 to 5-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Melted butter

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 98 calories, 1g fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a bowl, combine first four ingredients. Cool to 110°-115°. In a bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Sprinkle with sugar. Add oat mixture, brown sugar, molasses and 3 cups flour; mix well. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl; turn once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Divide in half; shape into loaves. Place in two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30-45 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Brush with butter. Yield: 2 loaves.
Originally published as Homemade Brown Bread in Taste of Home April/May 1998, p35

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Reviewed Apr. 5, 2016

"Excellent bread. I used 1cup whole wheat flour. The oats were Rogers porridge oats so had wheat bran as well as flax seed. Turned out very good."

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"Delicious! Will make again!"

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2013

"Should have been 5 stars my mistake."

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2013

"Made this bread yesterday and it was great. I exchanged 1.5 cups of the flour with whole wheat flour. Worked well and was a nice moist bread."

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2012

"I have yet to make this bread, but I'm wondering if I can triple the recipe without changing the light texture and rich flavor.


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