Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Bread for World Bread Day 2009

The International Union of Bakers and Bakers-Confectioners (UIB) declared October 16th as World Bread Day to celebrate the importance of bread as a staple food in many cultures across the world and to provide as a way for bakers to talk about bread.  For the past 4 years, Zorra has hosted a blog round up to celebrate World Bread Day.  I decided to make Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Bread from King Arthur Flour’s website (they have a ton of awesome recipes).  I started the bread in my bread machine on the dough cycle and did the final rise and baking conventionally.  Although my loaf was kinda misshapen, it was really good.  The bread had a wonderful texture and flavor.  Of course, I’m very partial to oatmeal and molasses :).  It was great toasted and slathered with butter and apple butter.  Yum!

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Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Bread (Adapted from King Arthur Flour’s website)


  • 1 c + 6 T boiling water
  • 1 c rolled oats
  • 2 3/4 c bread flour
  • 2 t instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 c nonfat dry milk
  • 1/4 c vegetable oil
  • 1/4 c molasses or dark corn syrup
  • 1 T vital wheat gluten


  1. Place the boiling water and oats into the pan of your bread machine, and gently mix them together by hand, using a spatula. Allow the mixture to cool till lukewarm, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the pan, program the machine for Manual or Dough, and press Start. About 10 minutes before the end of the final kneading cycle, adjust the consistency of the dough with additional flour or water; it should be smooth, though still a bit sticky. Allow the machine to complete its cycle.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface, and gently shape it into a loaf. Place the loaf in a lightly greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch bread pan, cover the pan with lightly greased plastic wrap or a dough-rising cover, and allow the bread to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until it’s crowned 1 to 1 1/2 inches over the rim of the pan.
  4. Bake the bread in a preheated 350°F oven for about 35 minutes, or until the center registers 190°F on an instant-read thermometer. Check the bread about 10 minutes before the end of its baking time; if it appears to be browning too quickly, tent it loosely with aluminum foil. Remove the bread from the oven, transfer it from the pan to a wire rack, and brush the crust with butter (or spray it with Vegalene or butter-flavored pan spray), if you like; this will help keep the crust soft.

world bread day 2009 - yes we bake.(last day of sumbission october 17)

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  1. Beautiful! I have a King Arthur cookbook and I really, really need to crack it open and start baking from it. Natashya uses hers a lot and she’s had some great recipes from it.

    • I need to get a King Arthur cookbook! I haven’t yet because the website has so many good recipes posted. You’d kick the crap outta that book considering you’re awesome at making bread 🙂

  2. I love baking with King Arthur flour, I wish they sold it in large bags here. Your bread looks delicious!! Happy World Bread Day.

    • Thanks, Coleen! I didn’t use King Arthur flour to bake this, but I’ll have to do that some time. They do have great flour!

  3. Seen a lot of breads today…The molasses makes yours shine1 excellent job

    • Thanks, Dave! I definitely love me some molasses 🙂

  4. I love this bread and my husband will too! I had no idea it was World Bread Day, how strange that the post I had saved for 17 months for when the feeling was right, was today. Man oh man!

    • Hey Cheryl,

      Add your blog post on Zorra’s link here http://kochtopf.twoday.net/stories/announcing-world-bread-day-2009-yes-we-bake/ to be added to the World Bread Day round up. You can also add her badge to your blog. Your awesome bread deserves to be featured on this!


    • Thanks, Cheryl! Put your awesome bread on the World Bread Day round upl! I’ll e-mail you the link. Hope that’s ok….the wonderful bread you just made needs to be showcased on it 🙂

  5. Looks delicious ..
    Laila … http://lailablogs.com/

    • Thanks, Laila!

  6. We like bread, but tend to like the heartier versions- like this one..

    • I’m with you BD. I love heartier bread with texture. No Wonder bread for me!

  7. This bread looks perfect and soft ! Just like the bread I would buy from Moretti’s bakery( a baker in the biz for over 50 years ) ! : ) …

    • Thanks, Natalie! It was soft, but it hold its texture. Some homemade breads just disintegrate when you cut them. Not the case here!

  8. Oh, it’s gorgeous!! I can almost taste it…I have some lonely apple butter in the fridge. 🙂

    • Thanks, Girlichef! My apple butter found a perfect home here!

  9. What a bread ! I’m craving a slice right now !

    • Thanks, Natalia!

  10. The loaf doesn’t look misshappend at all. Well done!

    Thank you for your participation in World Bread Day 2009. Yes you baked! 🙂

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