Super simple to make and bake, this honey oat bread will be a new favorite! Make it plain or spice it up with a cinnamon raisin version, whichever you prefer!
Prep Time 30minutes
Cook Time 55minutes
Rising Time 2hours30minutes
Total Time 3hours55minutes
For the regular bread
¾cupwhole wheat flour
1cupold fashioned oatmeal
2 ¾tspinstant active dry yeast
4 ½ - 5cupsflour
For the cinnamon raisin version
¾cupraisins (regular or golden)
1tbspgranulated sugar (or brown sugar)
Combine butter, honey, whole wheat flour, salt, and oatmeal in a stand mixer.
Add boiling water. Stir well and let sit until lukewarm.
Once the mixture is lukewarm, add 2 cups of flour and instant active dry yeast. Mix until incorporated and continue to add flour 1 cup at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Once the flour is added, the dough will be slightly tacky but hold its shape while it's kneaded. For the cinnamon raisin variety: Flatten the dough into a 10 × 12-inch rectangle and spread with raisins. Knead raisins into the dough to evenly distribute. Flatten the dough again to a 10 × 12-inch rectangle and brush with softened butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Roll up and cinch seams.
Grease a bowl and place dough inside to rise. It will take approximately an hour.
After the dough has risen, punch down and separate into two sections. Knead on a lightly floured surface into a smooth ball and press lightly into a greased 8 ½ x 4 ½-inch loaf pan. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
Set loaves in a warm place to rise until doubled in height, approximately 55-90 minutes.
Bake at 350°F for 40-55 minutes until tops are golden brown. To make sure the centers are fully baked, the temperature should register 190°F.
Rub butter over the top of the loaves and let cool. If freezing, let the bread cool completely so ice does not form around the loaf.