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Bread Machine Classic Country Bread

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This classic country yeast bread is made in a bread machine. Savor the subtle, nutty flavor of this hearty loaf.
Yield 1 loaf



Small (1 pound) Loaf

  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 1/3 cups bread flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup quick oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast
  • 2/3 cup walnuts

Medium (1 1/2 pound) Loaf

  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 2 teaspoons table salt
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast
  • 3/4 cup walnuts

Large (2 pound) Loaf

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup quick oats
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons table salt
  • 1 tablespoon Red Star Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 cup walnuts


  • Have liquids at 80°F and all other ingredients at room temperature.
  • Place ingredients in pan in the order recommended by the bread machine manufacturer. Select Basic or White Bread cycle and medium/normal crust. Check dough consistency after 5 minutes of kneading. The dough should be in a soft, tacky ball. If it is dry and stiff, add water, 1/2 to 1 tablespoon at a time. If it is too wet and sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time.

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Review & Comments

Dorothydudak@yahoo | Reply

Why does this recipe call for so much salt?
Can I cut it back?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Dorothy,

You can certainly cut the salt back to your preference. In any recipe, traditional or bread machine, you may reduce the salt to ½ teaspoon in order to maintain the important yeast action-regulating functionality of salt in yeasted doughs.

Happy Baking!

Hima | Reply

What can I replace with molasses plz.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Hima – You may substitute honey or maple syrup 1-for-1 for the molasses. Keep in mind that the flavor profile is different in these substitutions versus molasses.
Happy baking!

Marcia Fetherston | Reply

I purchased a 32 oz. container of Red Star Active Dry Yeast at Costco. It seems a lot of your recipes call for the Platinum yeast. Can I still use my standard active dry Red Star yeast? If so, do I need to alter anything, if the recipe calls for Platinum?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Marcia – You can substitute our active dry yeast 1-for-1 for the Platinum Yeast. Just keep an eye on your dough as rise times may vary.
Happy baking!

Amanda | Reply

Do I need to add walnuts? I don’t have any. Could I use salted pumpkin seeds instead? Or leave the nuts out?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Amanda – you can leave the walnuts out, or substitute with pumpkin seeds.
Happy baking!

Laurei | Reply

Is there a substitute for Molasses, or can you just leave it out? I don’t have any and not going to store for it! (Corona)!

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Laurei,
You could use honey or granulated sugar. If you use sugar, you may need to adjust the water – start with adding an additional 1 teaspoon and adjust with more if needed.
Happy baking!

Carrie | Reply

Does “oatmeal” in this recipe mean oats in some form (rolled, instant, etc.) that have already been prepared with water/milk, etc. to make oatmeal like you would eat it for breakfast or is it supposed to be dry oatmeal/oats that haven’t yet been prepared in any way? Thanks!

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Carrie – Use dry oats for the recipe. Hope you enjoy the bread!

Happy baking!

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