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

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gypsybride User ID: 4386759 263395
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8825950 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 User ID: 5734571 81335
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"Delicious! Will make again!"

chuchill User ID: 7243745 51945
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2013

"Should have been 5 stars my mistake."

chuchill User ID: 7243745 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 User ID: 6631640 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 User ID: 4516363 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 User ID: 5516577 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 User ID: 1370193 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 User ID: 2047632 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 User ID: 873447 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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