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Old-Fashioned Brown Bread

This chewy, old-fashioned bread boasts a slightly sweet flavor that will transport you back to the old days. —Patricia Donnelly, Kings Landing, New Brunswick
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 2-1/3 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Directions

  • In a large bowl, pour boiling water over oats. Stir in butter and molasses. Let stand until mixture cools to 120°-130°, stirring occasionally.
  • In another bowl, combine 3-1/2 cups flour, yeast and salt. Beat in oat mixture until blended. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape into loaves. Place in two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°. Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 124 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch.

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  • Margaret
    May 25, 2017

    I HAD TWO BROWN BREAD RECIPES PRINTED. I DECIDED ON THIS ONE FOR TWO REASONS; ITS MORE NATURAL AND I'VE BEEN TO KINGS LANDING (GREAT PLACE). I ONLY MADE TWO CHANGES: I USED BREAD FLOUR AND AFTER I PUT THE BREAD IN THE PANS I TOOK A FORK AND PUNCHED HOLES ALL OVER THEM, THAT GETS RID OF THE AIR BUBBLES AND GIVES IT A BETTER TEXTURE. I WILL MAKE AGAIN.

  • ebramkamp
    Jul 28, 2016

    One of my favorite breads. The molasses add just the right amount of sweetness plus a beautiful color.

  • angela32
    Jul 8, 2016

    Love this bread! The molasses gives it a great flavor....will make again!

  • tamarapearson
    Jan 31, 2016

    This bread is incredibly moist with the perfect subtle sweetness. Love!

  • rwippel
    May 24, 2015

    This bread was very good with a subtle sweetness. However, I feel like all the dough would have fit into a 2 quart round dish. And I could have baked it all together.

  • grandmaabbott
    Apr 7, 2015

    This bread was pretty good, but I would make a few changes in the recipe. I would only use 2 cups water. It required about 7 1/2 cups of flour and then it was still very sticky. I would increase the molasses to 1/2 cup. My bread wasn't nearly as dark as in the photo. I would decrease yeast to 4 tsp. mine raised in 40 mins it was ready to run over the top of the pan. I also made rolls instead of bread. They were extremely light and fluffy. They went over very well with my guests. Will definitely make again.

  • rosie1963
    Apr 23, 2013

    This bread turns out perfect every time I make it. It is amazing and I have made and recommended it several times to friends and family. i add a scant 1/2 c cracked wheat to the oatmeal and boiling water. It is so delicious! You cannot eat just one piece!

  • thebabyjane
    Apr 21, 2013

    I can't find my mother's brown bread recipe, but this come amazingly close and was pretty easy to make. I tried another brown bread recipe on another site that wouldn't even rise.... might have been my fault. I made this and shared with a friend and her husband and it was described as delicious.

  • kelticbaker
    Oct 4, 2011

    Having grown up not too far from Kings Landing, I was eager to try this bread recipe. Most family recipes made multiple loaves...which didn't suit our needs. This was FABULOUS, I would absolutely make it again and it would fit a novice baker as well as more advanced. So easy in fact I could make this weekly and it not be a chore! The flavour was unbelieveable and it met all expectations (based on a tough crowd of bread and bean eaters!) 5 stars all the way!

  • Reesa6
    Sep 8, 2011

    Wonderful loaves. Slightly sweet, soft, lasted a while.I had to add maybe another cup of flour for the kneading process during the first rise and the shaping.It smelled wonderful while baking, cooled well. I'm about to make it a second time, right now!