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Deliciously Simple Sourdough Honey Oat Bread Recipe

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This easy sourdough honey oat bread recipe makes the perfect sandwich bread! Instructions for added yeast included.

sliced sourdough honey oat bread on wooden cutting board.

Bread is my love language.

I love making it.

I love gifting it,

And I love eating it.

There are more bread recipes out there than you can shake a stick at.

In case y’all aren’t from the South, that means there’s LOTS of them…

And since I’ve never met a recipe that I didn’t want to fiddle with, I’m always coming up new stuff to try out.

Some are winners and some are epic flops! But it’s so much fun to play in the kitchen!

This Sourdough Honey Oat Bread is definitely one of the winners! It’s a great sandwich bread that has a lovely soft crumb but it’s still substantial enough for a sandwich.

I love this type of bread for grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. I usually make it the day before I’m going to use it.

But one time I went to make it and I realized my yeast hadn’t come in yet and I was out.

I order bulk yeast online.

So I decided to play a little and make it a sourdough recipe.

And it was perfect for those sandwiches. It’s also great for toast. And it’s really amazing for French toast!

I haven’t gotten around to using it for bread pudding yet, but it’s close to the top if the list.

Don’t have a sourdough starter yet? Grab a copy of my eBook “Learn How to Create a Sourdough Starter” and get yours going today!

Recipe Notes

This recipe calls for rolled oats and not instant oatmeal. The instant won’t give you the same texture as the rolled oats.

If you want to add whole wheat flour, you can sub out up to 1 cup without having to adjust the liquid.

Make sure you are using recently fed starter that is active.

I know that all y’all don’t always have time to let the sourdough starter do it’s thing with the long rises, so I’ve also added yeast as an optional ingredient for shorter rise times.

It still has a little bit of tang from the sourdough and some of the health benefits, just not as much as a full on sourdough only bread.

I am not now, nor will I ever be, the sourdough police.

Yeast often gets added to my sourdough breads when I’ve not got all day to wait.

So feel free to do the same!

Ready to go?

Grab an apron and let’s make us some Sourdough Honey Oat Bread!

Sourdough Honey Oat Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water, divided
  • 3 Tablespoons butter + more to melt and brush on top
  • 1/3 cup honey (mild in flavor)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups sourdough starter (fed and active)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons yeast OR 2 packages (optional)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • 3 to 4 cups all purpose flour or bread flour

Instructions

Put one cup of water in a small saucepan and heat to boiling.

Remove from heat and add honey and butter. Stir to dissolve.

Then stir in rolled oats. Just like making oat porridge. Set aside to cool slightly.

whisking oats into honey butter mixture.
rolled oats cooking

Pour the sourdough starter into a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the remaining water and stir till thoroughly mixed.

If you are mixing by hand, I highly recommend a Danish Dough Whisk. These are also called Danish dough hooks and work much better than a spoon for mixing bread doughs.

Add the egg, the honey and cooked oats mixture, the salt, the yeast (if using), and 2 cups of flour. Mix well.

bread dough ongredients in mixing bowl with whisk
starting the dough

Add the remaining flour a little at a time until you’ve got a soft dough.

Scrape the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 5 to 8 minutes until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky.

Or attach the dough hook and knead in the stand mixer for 8 minutes.

dough ball after kneading on counter
all kneaded and ready to rise

Form the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning to oil the top.

You can use butter, coconut oil, or olive oil to grease your bowl.

Cover with a damp bread cloth or plastic wrap and put in a warm place to rise till doubled. Yeast added method, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Sourdough only method, 4 to 6 hours.

Butter 2 bread pans. Or you can use a banneton or 2 depending on how big they are. Make sure the banneton baskets or liners are well floured.

These are the banneton proofing baskets I like to use for sandwich loaves.

Once the dough has doubled, turn it out onto a slightly floured surface. Using a bench knife, or other sharp knife, divide the dough in half.

Form each half into a loaf. Place seam side down in the loaf pans, or seam side up in the bannetons.

sourdough honey oat bread dough in buttered loaf pans
seam side down in loaf pans

Cover again and let it rise again until doubled. Yeast method, 45 minutes to and hour. Sourdough only method, 1 to 3 hours.

About 20 minutes before your honey oat sourdough bread is ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350°F.

If you used bannetons, turn the loaves out onto a baking sheet that has been greased or covered with parchment paper.

Right before baking, brush melted butter on the top of the loaves. 

If you want to sprinkle the loaves with a little bit of rolled oats, use an egg wash instead of butter so the oats stick.

An egg wash is one egg beaten with 1 Tbsp of water.

With a sharp knife or bakers lame, make a slash down the center of the loaf lengthwise.

risen loaves slashed down center and brushed with butter
slashed and buttered

Now, pop those sandwich loaves in the preheated oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until lightly browned.

Remove from the pans. If the crust is not as dark as you would like, you can return them to the oven for about 5 more minutes.

If you have any remaining melted butter, brush that on the top of your loaf now.

Put on a wire cooling rack to cool off.

baked sourdough honey oat bread on wire cooling rack
out of the oven and ready to cool

Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing.

This sourdough oatmeal bread recipe makes a great all around sandwich loaf. You can also use the dough to make dinner rolls, or make a large boule to bake in a Dutch oven.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sourdough Honey Oat Bread

How long will the sourdough honey oat bread last?

This bread should last for about a week on your counter. If it’s really humid it won’t last as long. It was last up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

Can I freeze sourdough oatmeal bread?

Yes! Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and put into a zip lock freezer bag. Then pop it into the freezer for 3 to 5 months. Allow to thaw on the counter top.

Can I use quick cook oatmeal instead of rolled oats?

Yes you can. But you’ll get a little softer bread without as much structure.

Can I use whole wheat flour?

You can replace up to 1 cup of white flour with whole wheat flour.

Can I freeze the dough and bake it later?

Indeed you can! After shaping the bread, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and put in a zip top freezer bag. Freeze the dough for 3 to 5 months. To bake, unwrap the dough and place in bread pans or heavily floured bannetons. Allow to thaw and then rise to double size before baking.

More sourdough recipes you should try:

sliced sourdough honey oat bread on wooden cutting board

Sourdough Honey Oat Bread

Sourdough bread is known for being one of the best breads for sandwiches, toast, and French toast. This sourdough honey oat bread recipe is delicious for all 3!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
2 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 2 loaves
Calories 1427 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups water divided
  • 3 Tablespoons butter + more to melt and brush on top
  • 1/3 cup honey mild in flavor
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups sourdough starter fed and active
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons yeast OR 2 packages optional
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • 3 to 4 cups all purpose flour or bread flour

Instructions
 

  • Put one cup of water in a small saucepan and heat to boiling.
  • Remove from heat and add honey and butter. Stir to dissolve.
  • Then stir in rolled oats. Just like making porridge. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Pour the sourdough starter into a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the remaining water and stir till thoroughly mixed.
  • Add the egg, the honey and cooked oats mixture, the salt, the yeast (if using), and 2 cups of flour. Mix well.
  • Add the remaining flour a little at a time until you’ve got a soft dough.
  • Scrape the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 5 to 8 minutes until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky.
  • Or attach the dough hook and knead in the stand mixer for 8 minutes.
  • Form the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning to oil the top.
  • You can use butter, coconut oil, or olive oil to grease your bowl.
  • Cover with a damp bread cloth or plastic wrap and put in a warm place to rise till doubled. Yeast added method, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Sourdough only method, 4 to 6 hours.
  • Butter 2 bread pans. Or you can use a banneton or 2 depending on how big they are. Make sure the banneton baskets or liners are well floured.
  • Once the dough has doubled, turn it out onto a slightly floured surface. Using a bench knife, or other sharp knife, divide the dough in half.
  • Form each half into a loaf. Place seam side down in the loaf pans, or seam side up in the bannetons.
  • Cover again and let it rise again until doubled. Yeast method, 45 minutes to and hour. Sourdough only method, 1 to 3 hours.
  • About 20 minutes before your honey oat sourdough bread is ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • If you used bannetons, turn the loaves out onto a greased or parchment covered baking sheet.
  • Right before baking, brush melted butter on the top of the loaves. You can sprinkle them with a little bit of rolled oats if you want to be a little fancy.
  • With a sharp knife or bakers lame, make a slash down the center of the loaf lengthwise.
  • Now, pop those sandwich loaves in the preheated oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until lightly browned.
  • Remove from the pans. If the crust is not as dark as you would like, you can return them to the oven for about 5 more minutes.
  • If you have any remaining melted butter, brush that on the top of your loaf now.
  • Put on a wire cooling rack to cool off.
  • Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing.

Notes

This makes a great all around sourdough sandwich loaf. You can also use the dough to make dinner rolls, or make a large boule to bake in a Dutch oven.

Nutrition

Serving: 1whole loafCalories: 1427kcalCarbohydrates: 266gProtein: 36gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 3692mgPotassium: 441mgFiber: 12gSugar: 47gVitamin A: 644IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 11mg
Keyword sourdough, honey whole wheat bread, Bishop’s Bread, oat
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By on September 9th, 2022

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