This easy and delicious Irish Oatmeal Bread recipe is made with steel cut oats, yeast, and molasses. Perfect for toast, sandwiches, & everything in between.
I participated in Mom Blog Tour at the Summer Fancy Food Show on behalf of Wendy’s Bloggers and received McCann’s Irish Oatmeal® products to facilitate my review.
Irish Oatmeal Bread
If you love baking homemade bread, then this Irish Oatmeal Bread is for you. It has a delicious nutty flavor with a deep molasses taste. The crumb is soft and is perfect for cutting beautiful loaves.
The secret in this Irish Oatmeal Bread is the use of steel cut oats inside the dough. I soak them in hot water for a few minutes so they plump up and get soft. The oats aid not only in texture but also in taste. You can see in the pictures the little specs of oats.
As many of you know, my favorite food in the entire world is BREAD. Baking it is part science, part cooking, and part magic. Seeing how simple flour, water, yeast and salt, can grow and transform into something beautiful and delicious is mystical.
Yeast can be scary for some people but it’s actually a wonderful ingredient to work with. All you need is learn a few tricks and you’re well on your way to baking a beautiful loaf of bread. My favorite trick is to speed up the proofing process using this microwave method.
Another great thing about this yummy Irish Oatmeal Bread is that is completely freezable. Bake a loaf and freeze the other one. It’ll defrost perfectly and taste freshly baked.
So last week I attended the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. In the show, I got to know McCann’s Irish Oatmeal®.
If you’re not aware of this line of steel cut oats, then you’re going to love it. First of all, McCann’s Irish Oatmeal has been on the market for 150 years and all the oats come from Ireland soil.
During the show, I got to try a lot of the products they offer and basically there’s something for everybody. McCann’s Irish Oatmeal offers gluten free products, quick cooking oats, and even microwavable cups.
Oh, and did I mention you that their 28 oz can, Quick & Easy Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal in the 24 oz. Canister, and Quick Cooking Rolled Oats in the 16 oz. are box all Non-GMO certified? How awesome is that? My favorite part is all the uses you can do with a can of steel cut oats. Not only can you make some delicious oatmeal, you can also use it to bake bread, muffins, cookies, soups, stews, and even risottos.
So instead of making you a bowl of oatmeal today, I decided to show you a different use for steel cuts oats and what better way to represent McCann’s than baking a delicious and soft Irish Oatmeal Bread?
I hope you can try this delicious Irish Oatmeal Bread at home. If you do, please upload a pic on Instagram and tag me @Livingsweetmoments or use the hashtag #LivingSweet. I promise to repost it.
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp boiling water
- 1 cup of McCann's steel-cut Irish oats
- 2 tablespoons of molasses
- 3 cups of bread flour
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 t teaspoon of granulated sugar
- 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast 1 packet
- 1/4 cup warm milk
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 1 egg beaten
In a bowl place the oats and molasses in boiling water. Mix and let it rest for 30-40 minutes
In a small bowl place the warm milk, sugar, and sprinkle the yeast. Mix and cover for 5 minutes to activate it
In a stand mixer with a dough hook, add the entire bowl of oats and the yeast. Mix until combined
Add the oil and 1 cup of flour. Mix
Add another cup of flour and salt. Mix
Add the final cup of flour and keep mixing until the for 5-6 minutes or until the dough becomes elastic and sticks off the mixer bowl
Place the dough in a greased bowl, sprinkle flour on top and cover with plastic wrapping paper and a tea towel.
Place in an area away from drafts for 1 hour of until doubled in size*
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Place dough in a greased 9" loaf pan
Cover with a tea towel and let it proof for 30-40 or until doubled in size
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
Brush the top of the bread with the egg
Bake for 30 minutes or until browned on top
Remove from oven, unmold and let it cool on a rack before cutting
*Use my microwave proofing method and the proofing time will be:
1st proof: 30 minutes
2nd proof: 15 minutes