Oatmeal Walnut Bread
People of Scottish heritage have always highly regarded the use of oats in their baked goods. It is evident in this mellow, whole-grain loaf that the early immigrants brought to the New World.
Yield: 1 round loaf
Small loaf (1 lb. bread machine)
  • ½ cup, plus 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats, plus additional for topping
  • ⅔ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1⅓ cups bread flour
  • 1½ tsp RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
  • ½ cup walnuts
Medium loaf (1½ lb. bread machine)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 Tbsp molasses
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup rolled oats, plus additional for topping
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 package (2¼ tsp, ¼oz, 7g) RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
  • ¾ cup walnuts
Large loaf (2 lb. bread machine)
  • 1¼ cups, plus 2 Tbsp water
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 5 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ⅔ cup rolled oats, plus additional for topping
  • 1⅓ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2⅔ cups bread flour
  • 1 Tbsp RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 cup walnuts
Bread Machine Method
  1. Have liquid ingredients at 80°F and all other ingredients at room temperature. Place ingredients in pan in the order specified in your owner’s manual. Select basic cycle and medium/normal crust. Walnuts can be added 5 minutes before the end of the last kneading cycle. 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.

Mixer Methods
  1. Use ingredient amounts listed for medium loaf, combine yeast, 1 cup bread flour, and other dry ingredients except whole wheat flour and walnuts in a mixing bowl. Set aside. Combine liquids in a separate microwave-safe bowl and heat to 120°-130°F.

  2. Hand-Held Mixer Method: Combine dry mixture and liquid ingredients in mixing bowl on low speed. Beat 2 to 3 minutes on medium speed. By hand, stir in whole wheat flour, walnuts, and enough of the remaining bread flour to make a firm dough. Knead on floured surface 5 to 7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Use additional flour if necessary.

  3. Stand Mixer Method: Combine dry mixture and liquid ingredients in mixing bowl and mix with paddle 4 minutes on medium speed. Gradually add whole wheat flour, walnuts and remaining bread flour and knead with dough hook 5 to 7 minutes until smooth and elastic. Use additional flour if necessary.

  4. Food Processor Method: Put dry mixture in processing bowl with steel blade. While motor is running, add liquid ingredients. Process until mixed. Continue processing, adding whole wheat flour and remaining bread flour until dough forms a ball. Add walnuts; pulse just until mixed.

Rising, Shaping and Baking
  1. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Shape into a round loaf. Place on greased cookie sheet. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after touching. Combine 1 egg and 1 tablespoon water; brush onto top of loaf. Sprinkle with oatmeal, if desired. Bake in preheated 375°F oven 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet; cool.

  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.

  3. Recipe featured at My Kitchen Addiction.
Oatmeal Walnut Bread | The molasses imparts a rich flavor with just a hint of sweetness, and the walnuts add a nice crunch to this hearty bread. Find recipe at redstaryeast.com.

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  1. Can I also bake it in my bread machine?

  2. Can I add some salt to the recipe

  3. Hi, the recipe sounds nice but which with ingredient can I replace the molasse? Thank you

    • Hi Catherine,
      Honey can be used 1:1 in place of the molasses.
      If you prefer to use white or brown sugar, use a 1:0.8 replacement ratio, plus add the difference back in with water. For example, for the medium loaf, use 3 1/4 Tbsp of white or brown sugar plus 3/4 Tbsp water to replace the 4 Tbsp molasses.
      Let us know how your bread turns out!
      Happy baking!

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