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Homemade Brown Bread

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
    2 loaves


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Brush with butter.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 98 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Connie
    Nov 10, 2020

    Delicious. The only substitution I made was using butter instead of shortening. Dense, a little sweet, aromatic and easy to make.

  • Lauren
    Sep 4, 2020

    Seriously seriously good! Anyone know if I can double it?

  • kkrausern
    Apr 20, 2020

    this is now in the daily bread rotation. sweet, soft, easy to make. LOVE the molasses-y taste. made one large loaf in a generous 9x5x4 pan. took 45 min to bake to goal of 190' F, and i needed to tent the loaf after 1/2 hour. next time will try to add some whole wheat flour, or flax seed or spelt flour. really worth trying !!

  • Jasmine
    Oct 30, 2019

    Very good bread! My whole family gobbled it right up. Will be making this recipe often.

  • gypsybride
    Mar 12, 2017

    Awesome bread great texture easy to follow directions all family members enjoyed from oldest to youngest! I followed recipe exactly thanks for this wonderful bread!

  • Csmith3
    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
    Oct 13, 2014

    Delicious! Will make again!

  • chuchill
    Apr 28, 2013

    Should have been 5 stars my mistake.

  • chuchill
    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
    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.ThanksRMS