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

This recipe makes 1 loaf
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


  • 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

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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  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!

  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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