Most oatmeal bread recipes make a dense loaf but I wanted a lighter easy oatmeal bread. After trying several recipes I decided to adapt my batter recipe into an oatmeal bread. It turned out good. It had a chewy crust and was light inside with a little oatmeal texture. The brown sugar give it a little hint of molasses and sweetness. It was a no fuss quick recipe. I have a small organic food store near me that I can buy in bulk. I get my oatmeal there and small bags of specialty flours. I also buy my spices there. I actually found it cheaper to do that then buying at the grocery store. This recipe calls for a half of cup of oat meal flour and a quarter of a cup of rolled oatmeal.
Oatmeal Batter Bread
- 1 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 package of yeast
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1/2 cup oatmeal flour
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Prepare a standard loaf pan with baking vegetable spray.
I warm 1 cup of water in my microwave, pour it into a large mixing bowl. I add my butter, brown sugar and a 1/4 cup of tap water. My butter is usually cold and my microwave heats the water up a little bit too warm. I blend these for a few seconds with the mixer until the butter is melted and the sugar dissolved. By this time my water mixture is cool enough for the yeast to sponge in. In the picture below this is what your yeast mixture should look all bubbly after it sits a few minutes.
In the mean time measure out all your dry ingredients into a bowel and whisk together. Now add your dry ingredients a cup at a time and let your mixer do the work until it gets to thick for it. Then you can finish mixing the rest by hand. I have a heavy duty mixer with a dough hook so I change from the paddle to the hook and let it do the work. When it is all blended it should be very sticky. You spread it into your loaf pan with a spatula and sprinkle a little extra rolled oats on the top.
Then I spray the top lightly with vegetable spray so it won’t stick to the plastic wrap. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise. I live at sea level and it is hot and humid. So I just washed dishes and kept an eye on it. I already had something in the oven so the oven was ready to go. It took just 20 minutes to rise.
You don’t want it to rise any higher then that. Bake for 45 minutes until it is done.
It will lift right out of the pan after you let it set for about 5 minutes. Let it cool before slicing. My family hangs around complaining because I make them wait for it . If you cut it too soon it will be too soft and moist. I make them wait a little while so the center can finish baking and firming up.