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three loaves of homemade bread

Oatmeal Bread

My Oatmeal Bread is easy to make with simple ingredients.
Course Breakfast, Breakfast or Brunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 loaves
Calories 1747kcal


Oatmeal Bread

  • 1 ¼ cups old-fashioned rolled oats divided
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening or lard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 packet (.25-ounce) active dry yeast (or 2 ¼ teaspoons)
  • ½ cup water, lukewarm
  • ¾ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 5-6 cups bread or all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup wheat germ

Egg Wash

  • 1 large egg for egg wash
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


Oatmeal Bread

  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of the oats, shortening, and salt. In a saucepan, bring the milk to a gentle boil. Pour hot milk over the oat mixture. Stir, cover, and cool to lukewarm.
  • Dissolve the yeast in the water. In a bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl using an electric hand mixer, mix the maple syrup, eggs, and dissolved yeast with the oatmeal mixture.
  • Using a dough hook, stir in 4 cups of the flour and wheat germ until combined. Add more flour as needed.
  • Use a rubber bench scraper or spatula to turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface. Knead the bread for 6 to 8 minutes. Place the dough into a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size. (about 1 to 1 ½ hours)
  • Grease 3 loaf pans (9x5-inch pans) and set aside.
  • Punch down the dough and shape into 3 loaves. Transfer to the prepared pans. Make a sharp cut down the center of each loaf. Brush each loaf with the beaten egg and sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup rolled oats and brown sugar. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled. (about 30 minutes to 1 hour)
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bake loaves for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes. Remove from bread pans and let cool completely on a baking rack.


Oatmeal Bread:
For homemade bread, I'd rather the dough be a little sticky and turn it out on to a floured surface to knead.  (adjust the flour as needed)
Gently spray the underside of the plastic wrap with cooking spray. This will prevent it from sticking to the bread as it rises!
Substitute honey instead of maple syrup if you don't have it!
If you over proof your bread it will fall while it bakes in the oven.


Calories: 1747kcal | Carbohydrates: 269g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 950mg | Potassium: 1183mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 570IU | Calcium: 367mg | Iron: 15mg