Best Ever Sourdough Oatmeal Bread Recipe


It seems almost impossible to find a true sourdough oatmeal bread recipe. I spent hours searching on the internet, in the library, and poring over the not insubstantial number of bread books on my home shelf, all with no success. Apparently oatmeal bread recipes are either written for straight dough (those that use dried yeast) or a combination of both sourdough starter and dried yeast. So, out of frustration I created my own recipe for oatmeal bread leavened only with a tangy sourdoughs starter. Luckily it was a great success!

This bread was so good that I made two extra-large loaves in the same week. I'd like to say that the wholeBest Sourdough Oatmeal Bread Recipe family was visiting but that would be a lie. My husband and I ate both loaves ourselves. It really is that good. However, I can't tell you how long this bread lasts before getting moldy or dry because it didn't last that long in my house. I bet it won't in your house either.

Sourdough bread begins with a well fed sourdough starter. Sourdough starter is basically a combination of water, flour, and some sort of yeast. Unlike packaged yeast that seems to spring to life when combined with the other bread ingredients, starter is already active and bubbling when added to the recipe.

The starter, just like dried yeast in traditional dough, helps the bread rise. The actively fermenting sourdough starter also gives the dough a tangy flavor and a longer shelf life than other homemade breads.

There are many ways to make a sourdough starter. I use the method found on my website Make Your Own Sourdough Starter. Over the years MOTHER EARTH NEWS  has published several articles about making your own sourdough starter, including Creating Homemade Sourdough Bread From a Starter Mix, and a previous blog post, A Beginner’s Guide to Sourdough. No matter which method is used, your starter will eventually be populated with the local wild yeasts found in your particular geographical area. You may start with a dried starter purchased on your San Francisco vacation, but after a few weeks that starter will be less San Francisco sourdough and more Peoria sourdough or Austin sourdough. That isn’t a bad thing. San Francisco may be famous for their sourdough breads, but I guarantee that your bread will be delicious too.

How to Make Sourdough Oatmeal Bread

Start by mixing the following ingredients in a large bowl or your stand mixer bowl.

6/4/2021 8:48:27 PM

This recipe is working very well for me. After kneading I let it rise for 3 hours and bake it as a single loaf in a dutch oven, first covered then uncovered. I am still working out the ideal baking times as my crust is darker than I like.

7/12/2020 10:34:04 AM

I've made it successfully a few times, each time replacing more of the all purpose flour with White Whole Wheat. It's worked very well each time and the volume has more than doubled on the rise. I think the keys are: 1) make sure the sourdough starter is very active, stirring before measuring, so that it is not too foamy. 2) keep the dough moist and sticky. 3) I also lightly brush the outside of the dough with oil before and after the last rise, but am not sure that matters much. In substituting whole wheat flour, I mix it well with water and let it sit for an hour or two before adding in the other ingredients and go with the 1 1/4 cups of milk. I like the recipe a lot and wouldn't swap our all the all purpose flour for chickpea or buckwheat, but might try substituting a little to see how it goes - ramping up and adjusting as indicated.

2/13/2020 2:48:12 AM

Can I swap all purpose flour for chickpea flour or buckwheat flour?

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