molasses oat bread
We don’t go to the mall all that often, but when we do you can be sure the first stop is the food court. Ian always seems to be in desperate need of lunch as soon as the car is parked. Of course the kids never disagree when fast food is being offered up. 4 people, 4 different stops. Burgers for Charlie. A smoothie or salad for Stella. Ian is crazy for a good noodle bowl, and I always opt for a chicken salad sandwich.
Our mall went through a renovation, and the food court changed a lot. My sandwich stop is now a steak and bbq restaurant.
So, I’ve started making chicken salad at home, but it turns out it’s actually the bread that made the sandwich. The sandwich at the mall was served on thick, sweet, molasses bread, and it’s just not the same when made with anything else. Believe me, I’ve tried.
I found a recipe for molasses bread in an old cookbook, but made a few changes.The bread at the mall had oats on the outside of the loaf, so I added oats to the dough. I meant to add them on top before baking, but forgot. I also replaced the water with milk. It adds a bit more sweetness to the bread and makes for a softer loaf. The end result was exactly what I was looking for, minus the oats missing from the top. Next time I’ll make sure to remember.
The bread was so delicious, I didn’t even need the chicken salad, just some butter.
molasses oat bread
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 envelope active dry yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup hot milk
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted
- combine the flour, oats, yeast, and salt in a large bowl
- whisk together the milk, molasses, and melted butter
- stir milk into the dry ingredients
- knead dough either by hand or with the dough hook of a stand mixer, until you have a soft smooth ball (about 8 minutes)
- place dough in a large oiled bowl and cover to let rise 1 hour (or until doubled in size)
- punch dough down, and place into a greased bread pan, cover and rise until the dough rises 1 inch above the rim of the bread pan (30 - 45 minutes)
- preheat the oven to 375 degrees
- bake bread for 35 - 40 minutes
- cool in pan 5 minutes then remove to a cooling rack
If you don’t like the flavor of molasses, this is not the bread for you. It’s not overpowering, but the molasses flavor is definitely there. If you prefer a more mild loaf, reduce the amount of molasses to 1/4 cup, or try replacing it with brown sugar.
I am absolutely in love with this molasses oat bread (and think you will be too), and see many loaves happening in my kitchen this fall.
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