East Coast Brown Bread

I lived most of the first seven years of my life in New Brunswick where my father was born and raised, and where most of his family as well as himself still resides. If someone was to ask me what I miss most about not living in New Brunswick aside from my family would be this amazing brown bread! Its soooooo good that I eat it without anything at all on it (that should tell you right there how good it is!).

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East Coast Brown Bread

  • Servings: 2 Dozen Buns or 3 Loaves
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A delicious sweet brown bread commonly found on the east coast of Canada.

This is a sticky dough which in turn makes it lighter when baked.


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 pkg or 4 1/2 tsp quick rise yeast


In a pot bring the water and salt to a boil. Reduce heat and add the oatmeal, cooking for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes then add the butter, eggs and molasses. Mix well and set aside to cool for a few more minutes.

In a large bowl combine the flour and the yeast. Once combined add the oatmeal mixture and mix until combined. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead dough for 10 minutes, adding flour as required.

Form into loafs of buns and set in the appropriate greased baking pans. Cover and let rise for an hour minimum to 2 hours.

When ready to bake preheat your oven to 325*F. Brush the top for the dough with an egg wash and bake for about 45 minutes or until dough sounds hollow when you knock on it.

*If you are using yeast that needs to be activated then omit 1 cup of water from the beginning step and use that water to active your yeast. Combine when mixing the wet and dry ingredients together.

Happy cooking everyone!