Homemade Oat Nut Bread, loaded with whole oats, nuts and a touch of molasses, is a beautiful hearty bread that is sure to please.
Years ago, I was bemoaning the fact that I could not find my favorite Oat Nut Bread recipe. I originally found it in my parent's 1965 copy of Joy of Cooking. It was removed by the time my 1988 version was printed. I could never understand why.
My mom had written it out and given a copy to all of us that had a copy of her original "printed on a dot matrix" cookbook as an addendum. I vividly remember the paper copy, but I had not been able to find it anywhere.
Sick of listening to me whine (or happy to find a gift I'd appreciate) she ordered me a copy of the 1965 version online. It arrived in "like new" condition. Which was ironic considering my other copy (newer version that I have had for 20+ years) was literally falling apart from use.
As soon as I freed the book from its cardboard shipping cocoon I searched for my missing recipe.
Steel-Cut Oat Bread page 561.
STEEL-CUT oats?! No wonder I never found it online, I didn't remember the "steel-cut" part - I always just used old-fashioned oats. And that is probably why the recipe was removed.
Steel-cut oats would not have been an easy find 20-30 years ago. But now they are trendy so you should be able to find them in many well stocked supermarkets as well as health food stores. They are also called Irish or Scotch Oats. Or just use old-fashioned oats.
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Oat Nut Bread
- 1 cup steel-cut or old-fashioned oats
- ¼ cup dark molasses (NOT blackstrap)
- 1 tablespoon shortening
- ¾ teaspoons salt
- 2 cups boiling water
- 4 cups sifted all purpose flour plus more for kneading ((optional: replace 2 cups AP flour with whole wheat flour))
- 1 packet active dry yeast (2 ¼ teaspoon)
- ¼ cup warm water (about 85°F)
- 1 cup pecans or walnuts, roughly chopped (optional)
- ¼ cup steel-cut or old-fashioned oats (optional)
- In a medium bowl, add oats, molasses, shortening and salt. Pour in boiling water and stir in 2 cups of flour. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes (old-fashioned oats only need to soak about 5 minutes, steel-cut at least 10).
- In a small bowl dissolve yeast in ¼ cup warm water. Mix yeast mixture into oat/flour mixture and add in remaining 2 cups flour and nuts (if using).
- Knead dough with a dough hook (preferred because it will still be warm and dough is a bit sticky) or by hand until smooth and satiny, about 10 minutes. Add extra flour if necessary, but dough should be a little sticky.
- Place dough in greased bowl, cover with a towel and place in a warm draft free place to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Punch down dough and knead again for a few minutes. Divide in half, shape into loaves and place into two greased loaf pans. If desired, soak ¼ cup oats in a tablespoon or two fo water for a few minutes then spread evenly on the loaves, pressing in slightly to help them stick.
- Let rise again until almost doubled.
- Bake at 375°F for about 40 minutes until brown on top and loaf sounds hollow if you gently thump on the top and the loaf has started to pull away from the sides of the pan.
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Until next time, happy eating.
I found myself in the same situation, Audrey! We have a summer home on a Maine island. I took my 1965 Joy of Cooking out there some years ago. This summer I discovered the Steel-cut Oat Bread. It was wonderful! I assumed it would be in my copy at home, so did not write it down. This afternoon I went to get the recipe. NOTHING. As you know! So Google brought me to your blog and the correct recipe.
I can tell you that I had only quick steel-cut oats available, and it worked fine. I also added 1/4 c. shortening instead of 1 T, and an extra 2 c. flour. That may have made the quick oats ok.
Thank you, thank you.
I am so glad it helped you. Now I am craving this and will have to bake a loaf soon.
P.S. The island house is locked and closed for the winter now, so I couldn't ask neighbors to save me.
I think every new bride was given the Joy of Cooking as a wedding shower gift during that time period. I still love and use mine.
Either Joy or Betty Crocker. Both are still excellent all around basic cookbooks.
I always love when bread makes 2 loaves so you can freeze one or share one. I like the flavors in this oat nut bread. It sounds like a firm bread that would be great served with butter on it or even as a side with pasta.
My son also used it for dipping in gravy with his beef tips. But then again, he dips pretty much any piece of bread if he can. haha!
I have the 1971 (or 1972?) printing of the cookbook so your post made me run to my bookshelf and see if the recipe was still in the book. It was! The book is a trip down memory lane! Your bread looks amazing.
Coming from a master bread baker like you, that is a high complement.
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I am so glad that you found the recipe, because your bread looks amazing and full of flavor! I am looking forward to trying it!