Oatmeal Casserole Bread

Tuesday 20 October 2020

When it comes to baking yeast breads I will be the first one to confess that this is not a true skill of mine.  Some people can bake beautiful bread and some can't.  I am not sure what makes the difference, or creates the skill. 

My mother always made beautiful bread. My ex husband always made beautiful bread. My ex MIL always made beautiful bread. Me . . .  not so much.

I have had some success with Easy Bread.  Easy Bread is a yeast bread that you make, let sit overnight and then bake in a hot iron casserole. Its almost like a sour dough bread.

I have also made Quick and Easy French Bread with some success. What I have always achieved the most success with however are batter breads and rolls.

Oatmeal Casserole Bread

 Batter Breads are yeasted breads, but they are mixed with an electric mixer. No kneading involved.  This Light Rye is a perfect example. And one that I love.

Today I decided to try a recipe for Oatmeal Casserole Bread. The recipe comes from a magazine leaflet from Robin Hood Flour and Baker's, published in 1991, Baking Festival recipes.  I always loved those little leaflets.

Oatmeal Casserole Bread

I don't know if they still put them out, the leaflets. They used to come inside some of the more popular ladies' magazines in Canada. Magazines like Chatelaine or Canadian Living. 

They usually had an assortment of baking recipes.  Recipes to co-incide with the holidays or harvest time. They are usually a mix of indulgent and healthy.  So,  a little bit to please everyone.

Oatmeal Casserole Bread

 Its hard to believe I have had this little booklet for almost 30 years now! I would have only beenin my mid 30's when it came out. 

It is also very hard to believe that it has taken me thirty years to make it!  Today was the day!

Oatmeal Casserole Bread

It requires the use of a 2 litre/quart casserole dish, or a large loaf pan. Today I baked it in a casserole dish and I think mine was a bit larger than the requested size. I could not find my regular one.

I was going to use my large souffle dish, but who knows where it is!  Everything is in a but of a jumble at the  moment while I try to decide what I can or cannot take. In the end I may have to leave it all, but I am trying to remain hopeful!

Oatmeal Casserole Bread

It was very easy to make. You just make a sponge using an electric mixer and then stir in the remaining flour to make a dough. It will be a sticky dough. 

It will rise first in a bowl and then later on in the casserole dish. I loved that it seemed to be a somewhat wholesome bread

It is made with oatmeal and molasses. I adore oatmeal bread.  I used to always buy it when I was back home. It was lovely and rich and slightly sweet and went great with baked beans or as sandwiches.

I used old fashioned oats to make this. The large flaked oats. You could probably use regular oats as well, but I do not recommend using quick oats. You want an oat with substance.

Oatmeal Casserole Bread

 There is not a lot of sugar in it. One teaspoon to help activate the yeast, and only 1/4 cup (60ml) of molasses. In the UK I think you could get away with using dark treacle.  The strength of it will probably not matter in this.

Other than there you will only need water, a bit of oil, some flour and salt. The recipe only calls for 1 1/2 tsp of salt so it is fairly low sodium.

It has a lovely moist texture. I should have waited to cut it. It was still rather warm when I cut into it, but I was running out of daylight.

Can you believe that I spend a total of 4 1/2 hours on the phone today just trying to get myself a bank account. And at a bank where we already have a joint account. UNBELIEVABLE!

 Oatmeal Casserole Bread 
And I still don't have one.  I kept getting cut off. Pass the buck, pass the buck, pass the buck, then cut off.  Start again.  Music, music, music, pass the buck, pass the buck, pass the buck and then cut off. 

Four and a half hours of this. I finally gave up in tears. I will try again another day. It shouldn't be that hard. Especially when you have already had an account with them for over 15 years.

 Anyways after all of that faffing around on the telephone, my light for taking photos was fading fast. I am afraid my photos today are not the best.

I hope that they do not put you off. This recipe creates a beautiful loaf of bread, but then again you should expect excellent results from Robin Hood. They are THE flour people in Canada. Them and Five Roses.

Oatmeal Casserole Bread

Of course I have not lived there in 20 years, so that might have changed since then. One thing I am looking forward to is the bigger bags of flour!  yay!  No more eensie peensie ones unless I choose eensie peensie ones! 

This bread has a beautiful texure. Not a lot of holes, which is good and it is lovely and moist.  I think it is a bit "fresh" as my mother would say, perhaps a smidge more salt could be used.

Oatmeal Casserole Bread

 I was sorely tempted to have some jam on this, but I am really keeping an eye on my sugars. The bread alone will be bad enough, although the oats will help with the GI.

Don't look at the butter and judge me!  LOL That was not my slice!

Oatmeal Casserole Bread
Personally, I am looking forward to having a slice this evening toasted in the toaster.  Perhaps with a thin slice of strong cheddar cheese. 

Mmm . . .  my mouth is watering already just thinking about it! I bet it will be fabulous toasted with baked beans ladled over top!

Oatmeal Casserole Bread

Oatmeal Casserole Bread

Yield: Makes one large loaf
Author: Marie Rayner
prep time: 15 Mincook time: 45 Mininactive time: 1 H & 30 Mtotal time: 2 H & 30 M
There is no kneading required to make this delicious bread which gets baked in a casserole dish. You can also bake it in a large loaf tin.


  • 1 3/4 cups (425ml) boiling water
  • 3/4 cup (60g) oatmeal (not quick oats)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) molasses
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 TBS oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) warm water
  • 1 package of active dry yeast (about 2 1/4 tsp)
  • 4 cups (560g) all purpose flour
  • extra oats to sprinkle


  1. Measure the oats into a large mixing bowl. Pour the boiling water over it and add the molasses, salt and oil. Stir to combine. Leave to cool to lukewarm.
  2. Dissolve the sugar in the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast over top. Leave to proof for 10 minutes, then stir well.  Add along with 1 1/2 cups (210g) of the flour to the oat mixture. Beat on low with an electric mixer  for about half a minute, then increase the speed to high and beat for 3  minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl often.
  3. Stir the remaining flour into the mixture by hand, until well blended.  Cover the bowl with a buttered piece of wax paper and a tea towel.  Leave in a warm place to rise until it doubles in size. It should take about 45 to 60 minutes.
  4. Butter a 2 quart (2 litre)casserole dish and scatter some extra oats lightly on the bottom and up the sides. (Alternately use a 9 by 5 inch loaf tin and do the same.)
  5. Beat the dough for 25 strokes with a wooden spoon. Scrap into the prepared dish. Sprinkle the top lightly with more oats.  Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise for a further half an hour or so in a warm place, until the dough has risen about 1 inch above the edge of the casserole/pan.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375*F/190*C/ gas mark 5.
  7. Bake the bread on a lower oven rac for 35 to 45 minutes until golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. If necessary you can cover it with a sheet of foil loosely if you think it is browning too quickly, or becoming too dark.
  8. This bread stays moist, makes beautiful toast and can be frozen.
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Oatmeal Casserole Bread

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  1. Yum,this looks delicious. I love that you baked it in a round dish. Can't wait to make this, thanks!

    1. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have. xoxo

  2. I've always been surprised that you had so little success with bread. I do a lot of yeast baking, making bread, sweet buns etc and it always works beautifully. I must have some kind of special touch, because the family say that my yeast baked goods are like fluffy clouds.

    I don't consider that I do anything particularly special. Just the usual of making sure the liquid is the correct temperature, not be tempted to put in too much flour, leave it to rise in peace (no peeking and prodding, or if you can't help yourself, put cling wrap over the bowl and then tea towel over it, so if you lift the tea towel there is no draught while it proves), don't overknead - firm but light hand and don't drench it in flour).

    This recipe sounds really good and worth trying. The arthritis in my hands can make proper kneading somewhat of a challenge, so I am looking at no-knead options more and more. I've made a huge batch of Italian Lentil and Vegetable Soup and was pondering a bread to serve with it - I think I've found it. I'll make this today - and use your serving suggestion of having it with cheese to accompany the soup.

    1. From now on you will be known to me as "The Yeast Bread Whisperer!" LOL I think perhaps practice makes perfect? That shall be my goal for 2021. To become a better yeast bread maker/baker. Love your tips and know they will come in very handy! I hope you will try the bread. It will go perfectly with the soup, which also sounds delicious! yum!! xoxo

  3. I wondered if more molasses could be added for a richer darker loaf? It's a great nova scotian stand by molasses brown bread yum

    1. I can't see why not! Just don't go overboard and adjust the liquid accordingly! Let me know how you get on! xoxo

  4. I find that opening accounts etc is better done in person, never on the phone.
    aren't molasses and black treacle the same thing?

    1. I agree Jenny, much easier in person. With the Covid situation here however most things are being done online or over the phone, which really complicates things! No Molasses and black treacle are not the same thing. Black treacle has a much stronger flavour! xoxo

  5. Y will love the BIG COSTCO bags..Marie Google the new Mega Costco in Montreal.. 9 mega items..anyway t's a FB Mtl Blog video and if I link here my daughter's account shows up lol so no..you should see what they sell..Aimed at commerce I am certain but was fun to watch..Bread looks good!

    1. Thanks Monique! I always loved the ciabatta rolls that we could buy at the Costco back home. I am bringing my card and keeping up my membership for sure! xoxo PS - this is a lovely bread!

  6. Isn't that uncanny! I bet your bread you made yesterday is lovely! It sounds lovely at any rate. Thanks Laurie! Banking over the telephone is the pits! xoxo

  7. There is nothing in my little world more comforting than a slice of warm oatmeal brown bread. I don’t make it often because I will eat the lot! The “toe” or loving slice as I’ve also heard it called is my favourite, the soft bit where the buns join.
    My Mother made glorious bread and taught me early in life, so yeast bread is something that I have success with normally. My boss thinks my oatmeal brown bread is just about the bees knees. He also thinks I ought to sell it. Honestly, I think he’s just fearing how he’ll get it once we no longer work together.
    How I’d love a slice of that beautiful bread you’ve got there.... warm, with Cheez Whiz! I need to make this.
    Yuck to waiting on hold yesterday. I did the same for WestJet... three and a half hours and got cut off! You’d think they’d be thrilled to take your money. Is it something you can do online or request a callback?Hoping today is a much better day for you. Sending love and prayers your way. Xoxo

    1. Mmmm Cheez whiz. Can't wait. I have much to look forward to. Love and hugs and many thanks dear friend, xoxo

  8. This looks so delicious....and not too awfully difficult.
    (Must get rolled oats!) Thanks! V.

    1. You really must V! This bread is fabulous! xoxo

  9. Thank you! I ripped my kitchen apart for this exact leaflet tonight. The bread I ended up with didn't have the flavors I was expecting like this one.


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