Classic Country Bread
Savor the subtle, nutty flavor of this hearty bread.

This recipe makes 1 loaf
Ingredients
Small Loaf

  • ¾ cup, plus 2 TBSP Water
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 3 TBSP Molasses
  • 1+1/3 cups Bread Flour
  • ⅔ cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • ⅓ cup Oatmeal
  • 1+1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1+1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • ⅔ cup Walnuts

Medium Loaf

  • 1 cup, plus 1 TBSP Water
  • 1 TBSP Oil
  • ¼ cup Molasses
  • 2 cups Bread Flour
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • ½ cup Oatmeal
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2+1/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • ¾ cup Walnuts

LargeLoaf

  • 1+1/2 cup Water
  • 2 TBSP Oil
  • ⅓ cup Molasses
  • 2+1/2 cups Bread Flour
  • 1+1/3 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • ⅔ cup Oatmeal
  • 2+1/4 tsp Salt
  • 3 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 cup Walnuts

Instructions
Bread Machine Method

  1. Have liquids at 80°F and all other ingredients at room temperature. Place ingredients in pan in the order listed. 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, ½ to 1 tablespoon at a time. If it is too wet and sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time. See our Bread Machine section for more helpful tips and information.

  2. You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast for Active Dry Yeast. Traditional methods- replace 1:1. Expect your dough to rise faster; always let your dough rise until ‘ripe’. Bread Machines- use ½ tsp Instant yeast (or ¾ tsp Active Dry yeast) per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information.
 

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4 Comments
  1. 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)!

    • 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!
      Carol

  2. 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!

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