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Buttermilk-Oatmeal Bread

Yield 2 loaves


  • 2 (1/4-ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105° to 115°)
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups bread flour

How to Make It

  1. Combine yeast and 1/4 cup warm water in a 1-cup liquid measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes.

  2. Cook 1 3/4 cups water and next 3 ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat until butter melts. Stir in molasses and buttermilk; cool to 105° to 115°. Stir in yeast mixture.

  3. Combine oats mixture and 1 cup whole wheat flour in a large bowl, stirring until smooth. Stir in remaining whole wheat flour and enough bread flour to make a soft dough.

  4. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (10 to 15 minutes). Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top.

  5. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

  6. Punch dough down, and divide in half; shape each portion into a loaf. Place into 2 greased 8 1/2- x 4 1/2-inch loafpans.

  7. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

  8. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans immediately, and cool on wire racks.