Dense, moist, slightly sweet and nostalgic. These are the words I think of when I’m talking about brown bread. Not to be confused with whole wheat bread, brown bread is entirely its own creature (a little less nutritious, but a whole lot tastier). Today I will share my brown bread recipe for the breadmaker with you.
My whole family adores brown bread and I was shocked to recently discover that it is a Maritime delicacy the rest of the world knows nothing about! We recently had friends visit from out West and one commented that he had not had brown bread since the last time he was in the Maritimes. Apparently it’s uncommon out West and in other parts of North America. At least, that is what he claims. I personally can’t imagine a world without brown bread in it, so this is hard for me to believe.
Brown bread is such a yummy treat and definitely one of my favorite comfort foods. Pair it with a hot cup of tea and a good book on a rainy afternoon, or really anytime at all. My husband loves it so much, we’re lucky to have brown bread in the house for more than 24 hours–less if we’re not sneaky enough and Hannah finds our hiding spot!
Today I wanted to share with you a brown bread recipe for the bread maker from my mother-in-law. I have a great aunt who still makes it by hand and it is to die for, but this recipe simplifies things for busy moms (or dads…Tim is known to whip up his own batch if I haven’t got any on hand). I love being able to dump my ingredients in the bread maker and then walk away to run errands or do chores and come back to the delicious aroma of freshly baking bread!
Brown Bread Recipe
- 9 oz water (room temperature)
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 cup oats (I used stone cut)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp powdered milk
- 1 tsp yeast
- Add water, molasses, butter and salt to bread maker pan.
- Add flour, oats and powdered milk.
- Make a well in the dry ingredients in order to add yeast.
- Add yeast in well, making sure it does not come in contact with liquids.
- Turn on breadmaker (normal setting, 1.5 lbs loaf)
It’s really just that simple and takes less than 10 minutes to throw together. Cooking time will depend on your bread maker, but mine takes just under three and a half hours.
I hope you enjoy making this brown bread recipe! I actually ate a piece of brown bread while writing this post and it was to die for.
Drop me a line and let me know, have you had brown bread before, or is it really a Maritime delicacy as our friends claimed?