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Brown Bread Recipe

Brown Bread Recipe

Homemade bread fresh out of the oven always smells and tastes delicious. During the holiday season, I always make a couple loaves of the brown bread that my family loves to have with Christmas dinner. I also make the recipe throughout the year whenever I want fresh bread.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cups water
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1/2 cup of butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup of molasses
  • 3 plus 2 to 3 cups of white whole wheat flour or whole wheat flour
  • 5 teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons of salt

Directions

  1. Bring the water to boiling.
  2. Pour the boiling water over the oats.
  3. Add the butter and molasses to the oats.
  4. Stir.
  5. Allow the oat mixture to cool to 120°. Stir occasionally.
  6. Combine 3 cups of the flour, active dry yeast, and salt in a separate bowl.
  7. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  8. Add the remaining flour to mixture until a soft dough forms.
  9. Kneed the dough on a floured surface for 6 to 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  10. Form the dough into a ball.
  11. Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning the ball over once to grease the top.
  12. Cover the dough.
  13. Allow the dough to rise in warm place for an hour or until doubled in size.
  14. Punch the dough down.
  15. Divide the dough in half.
  16. Shape the dough into loaves and place in two greased 9×5 bread pans.
  17. Cover the dough.
  18. Allow the dough to rise in warm place for half an hour or until doubled in size.
  19. Preheat the oven to 375°
  20. Bake the bread for 35 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned.

Oats and Boiling Water for Brown Bread Molasses for Brown Bread

Butter for Brown Bread Dry Ingredients for Brown Bread

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Adding the Dry Ingredients to the Wet Ingredients for Brown Bread Dough for Brown Bread

Kneading the Dough for Brown Bread Unrisen Dough for Brown Bread

Risen Dough for Brown Bread Dividing the Dough for Brown Bread

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Baked Brown Bread Brown Bread

Optional Add-ins

Add in 3 tablespoons of Italian seasoning for an Italian herb bread.

Image Credits

Brown Bread Recipe © 2022 Heather Johnson
Oats and Boiling Water for Brown Bread © 2022 Heather Johnson
Molasses for Brown Bread © 2022 Heather Johnson
Butter for Brown Bread © 2022 Heather Johnson
Dry Ingredients for Brown Bread © 2022 Heather Johnson
Adding the Dry Ingredients to the Wet Ingredients for Brown Bread © 2022 Heather Johnson
Dough for Brown Bread © 2022 Heather Johnson
Kneading the Dough for Brown Bread © 2022 Heather Johnson
Unrisen Dough for Brown Bread © 2022 Heather Johnson
Risen Dough for Brown Bread © 2022 Heather Johnson
Dividing the Dough for Brown Bread © 2022 Heather Johnson
Baked Brown Bread © 2022 Heather Johnson
Brown Bread © 2022 Heather Johnson

Brown Bread Recipe

Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cats. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

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