Fluffy, tender No Knead Oatmeal Bread is an easy-peasy bread that both bread-baking beginners and aficionados will adore. Molasses and oats add rich, complex flavor, and this bread requires no kneading or machinery. Simply mix, let rise, and bake!
2 3/4cupsbread flour
3tablespoonsshortening— at room temperature
1cupwater— at 110-115 degrees F (fairly warm, but not hot)
1packageRed Star Active Dry Yeast— (1/4 ounce or 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1egg— at room temperature
In a medium bowl, combine the bread flour, oats, kosher salt, and shortening. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl (or the bowl of a standing mixer), add water and yeast. Let stand 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the egg, molasses, and half of the flour mixture. Beat on medium speed for two minutes or by hand until smooth. Stop the mixer. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat (or stir) again until smooth, 1-2 minutes. Scrape down batter from sides of bowl. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, 30 to 40 minutes. To check if the dough is ready, press it lightly with two fingers; if the indentation remains, the dough is ready.
Grease a 9x5-inch or an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan. With a wooden spoon or your hand, gently press down the dough in the bowl with repeated strokes (about 25 total). Spread the batter into the prepared pan (it will be thick and fairly sticky), then tap the pan on a counter several times to remove any air pockets. If using a 9x5-inch pan, let rise until the batter comes within 1 inch of the top of the pan; if using an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2, let rise just until batter reaches the top of the pan, about 30 minutes. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
Bake loaf for 40-50 minutes, until well browned on sides and top. The bread should reach an internal temperature of 190 degrees F and sound hollow when tapped. Remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack. Slice and serve.
No Knead Oatmeal bread will keep 3 days in an airtight container at room temperature or freeze for up to 1 month, wrapped tightly in layers of plastic wrap and foil.
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