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Homemade Brown Bread Recipe

Homemade Brown Bread Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Homemade Brown Bread

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Csmith3 246648
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."

HannahBeaver 81335
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"Delicious! Will make again!"

chuchill 51945
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2013

"Should have been 5 stars my mistake."

chuchill 17079
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."

RMS944 23277
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.


sassysuzette 50644
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"Literally the best bread I have ever made. It was so good and it worked out PERFECTLY. Both loaves were gone in a matter of hours...and I am making it again today!"

Jaimin 202653
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"We love this bread. We like it for a snack, warmed with a little honey drizzled over it. It also makes really good sandwiches!"

Aleece 23604
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

"Makes a wonderful, sweet bread that goes great with almost any meal. We use it for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners."

Squirt4 22100
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2009

"This recipe makes an excellent moist bread. The entire family loved the sweeter taste of the bread. To add a little nutty flavor, I put in 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour."

Margo Edmunds 23274
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2008

"My Aunt invited my husband and I for supper,she was serving baked beans. I made this brown bread and took a loaf with me, it was excellent."

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