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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Irish Oat and Whole Wheat Bread #BreadBakers

Time for this month's #BreadBakers post! A big shout out to Rocco from Kids and Chic for hosting and selecting the theme of the month: oatmeal. The guideline: oats of any kind (rolled, flour, steel cut, quick cooking, etc.) had to be utilized in breads, which could be sweet or savory. Thank you, Rocco! What a great theme!

After mulling around what I wanted to prepare for this post, I decided on Irish Oat and Whole Wheat Bread. I love grain inclusions in a hearty loaf of bread . Irish Oats (also known as Steel Cut or Pinhead Oats) have great texture that can be used for sandwiches or toast. 

Oats are a great ingredient because they have many health benefits. 

The Whole Grains Council (check out their website for complete details) has done a great job outlining key research that shows the positive effects of oats including:
  • may reduce asthma risk in children
  • may boost nutrition profile in gluten free diets
  • increase appetite control hormones
  • may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes
  • may increase insulin sensitivity
The most compelling reason to consume oats is the clinically proven cholesterol-lowering effects. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a heart health claim for beta-glucan (a fancy way to say soluble dietary fiber) in 1997. In order to make the claim, the food product containing whole grain oats must provide at least 0.75 grams (with daily target of 3 grams) of soluble fiber per serving. The claim must also include the wording, "Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease." The phrase, "Diets high in oats may reduce the risk of heart disease" is not allowable because consumers may think that all they need to do to lower their risk of heart disease is to eat a few oats. 

To this I say, "Pass the oats, please!" They are a hearty (pun intended), delicious and nutritious grain choice! 

Baking at home is not difficult, but it is time consuming. Making homemade bread is well worth the time and energy (I use a stand mixer with dough hook to do all the work for me, no need to knead!). Few things smell better than the aroma of bread baking. And few things taste better bread fresh out of the oven.  



  • 1 1/2 cups Irish oats (steel cut oats)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons (2 packets) instant dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour 
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons old fashioned rolled oats 
  1. Combine Irish oats, water and salt in medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Cover and remove  from heat. Allow to sit 30 minutes.
  2. Combine warm water, yeast and molasses. Allow yeast to dissolve, 10-15 minutes. (This mixture will be extra-frothy. Make sure you use large enough container.)
  3. Combine softened oats, yeast, whole wheat flour, flour and butter. Mix on low speed of stand mixer with dough hook until just combined. Mixed on medium-low speed 5 minutes. Dough will be very 'dense' due to whole wheat flour and oats (it will not be as elastic as a dough made with only white wheat flour). 
  4. Place dough in greased bowl and allow to double in size, approximately 1 hour.
  5. Divide in half and roll each half into 8" x 16" rectangle. Roll the rectangle from the short end and place in 9 x 5-inch bread pan, seam side down.
  6. Allow to rise again until double in size, approximately 45 minutes. 
  7. Brush with egg white and garnish with old fashioned rolled oats.
  8. Bake at 350 F for 40 - 50 minutes, until evenly browned.
(This recipe was based on a long-time family favorite. The only modification was addition of Irish and Old Fashioned Oats.)

Take a look at all the Oatmeal Bread themed #BreadBakers for July. I'm really impressed with the array of different breads using oats as an ingredient!

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme.  Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.  We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.  If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to


Anonymous said...

Awesome post!

Rocio RivGen said...

that nice color is your bread.It looks so fluffy.
Thanks for the recipe

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Absolutely beautiful and amazing looking loaf of oat and whole wheat bread - what a fabulous recipe. Your bread has a great crumb and has risen just perfectly - and you are absolutely right, oats are just the best for baking (and cooking and breakfast...).

Julie is Hostess At Heart said...

This bread looks and sounds delicious. It came out perfectly. I just love all of the options that this challenge has provided!

Unknown said...

Love the color and it looks very delicious.

A Day in the Life on the Farm said...

The color and crumb on this bread is awesome.

Karen said...

That's amazing information about oats! Your bread is also beautiful!!!

Abbe@This is How I Cook said...

I love the smell of bread baking! This is a gorgeous loaf and I bet it tastes even better!

Ansh said...

I love how wholesome your bread is and so beautiful.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a beautiful loaf of bread! Not only wholesome but so delicious.

Sneha's Recipe said...

What a lovely crust this loaf has, beautiful.

Sneha's Recipe said...

What a lovely crust this loaf has, beautiful.

Cocoa and Lavender said...

This loaf looks perfect! I need to venture into whole grain breads from my oven. I just love a good, white boule that I seem never to make anything else! Your post might have done the trick!

Georgina said...

How wholesome, fluffy and delicious looking! I am sure that it tasted awesome.

Pavani said...

Wow, bread with steel cut oats is totally new to me. It sounds so hearty & delicious. Your bread turned out just perfect.

Sona said...

Love the texture of the bread.. Looks absolutely delicious.

Stacy Rushton said...

My mom went through a long phase where she ate a bowl of steel cut oatmeal every morning, and I think it's still a favorite for her. I am not such a fan of oatmeal but I could totally eat a couple of slices of your wonderful bread every day, and feel virtuous besides.

Kelster said...

I started eating oats when my cholesterol was high. I don't like oatmeal so I find other ways to use it - like in baking. I do know there are not enough oats in a slice of bread to really reap the benefits but a little is better than nothing.

Shilpi Prasad said...

Craving for a slice of your bread... Looks so fresh..

Leslie Stuart said...

These are some of the comfort food I like. These are good for health education and the article is so good.