2-Lb Honey/Oat Sandwich Bread Recipe For A Bread Machine

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I’ve had several different brand of bread machines over the years. The bread they made was tasty of course, but I always got rid of the bread machines. They were just so big, heavy & bulky. It just wasn’t worth it.

But bread machines are apparently different now and I find I really love using them! I’ve even tweaked my own Oatmeal Sandwich Bread recipe to make a 2-lb bread-maker loaf.

Bread Machine recipe for a delicious 2-lb loaf of homemade oatmeal bread. Use your bread machine to simplify bread-baking day! #TexasHomesteader

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Here’s how I ended up with a bread machine…

During a recent visit with my dad, he mentioned that he wanted to get rid of his bread machine to clear the space on his counter top for another appliance. He said if I didn’t take it, he was tossing it in the trash.

I couldn’t stand the waste so I figured I’d take it home. If I found I still hated bread machines I’d make sure to get it to someone who could use it. So I decided to give it a go.

Uses For A Bread Machine

Although I have a favored Sandwich Bread Recipe (with a KitchenAid shortcut), we typically have to buy RancherMan’s sandwich bread in the summer months.

It’s just too hot and also waaaaay too busy a time for me to be able to make it for him. Oh how he hated store-bought bread!

But now? Oh  now I can use an amended version of my oatmeal bread recipe along with this bread maker to continue baking RancherMan that homemade bread he loves. Even in the summer months!

Bread Machine Simplicity

My dad gave me an  Oster Expressbake, but there are lots of brands of *bread machines out there. Mine makes up to a 2 pound loaf & has 12 bread settings & 3 crust settings. And there’s an ExpressBake setting that bakes bread in under an hour, or you can use a 13-hour delay timer.

Oster ExpressBake Bread Machine. Bread Machine recipe for a delicious 2-lb loaf of homemade oatmeal-honey bread. Use your bread machine to simplify bread-baking day! #TexasHomesteader

Plus this one has a smaller footprint and is much lighter weight than the bulkier, heavy models I’ve had in the past. And the paddle seems much smaller too. Those are huge improvements!

Making The Bread

I started experimenting with my own oatmeal bread recipe. I needed to make it into a 2-lb loaf to work with my bread machine.

I baked several loaves, tweaking the recipe each time until I found what was for us the perfect balance. (The recipe is below)

To simplify bread-baking day, I’ve pre-mixed several batches of the dry ingredients. This way I’ve looked up the recipe & dirtied up the measuring cups, etc. only once.

Of course I’d have preferred to store this pre-mix in glass jars, but the volume just wouldn’t fit in the largest jars I have. Oh well, at least I’ll be able to reuse these baggies several times. It’s my own convenience mix!

Pre-mix several batches to simplify baking day. Bread Machine recipe for a delicious 2-lb loaf of homemade oatmeal bread. Use your bread machine to simplify bread-baking day! #TexasHomesteader

UPDATE: Joy of all joys – I found that a wide-mouth canning jar gives me juuuuust enough extra room to add my bread ingredients. It all just barely fits in these jars, but it fits.

Now I whip these pre-mixed dry ingredient jars all at one time. I put the jar on the scale, tare the weight to zero and add each ingredient, tarring to zero after each addition.


Work smarter, not harder as RancherMan always says…

Simpler On Bread-Baking Day

On bread-baking day I’ll first place the wet ingredients into the bread machine’s pan.

I use the same shortcut as before – placing the container on my digital scale, tarring the weight to zero and then adding each ingredient by the weight of the measurement I’ve noted on my recipe card.

Of course I’ll first allow it to attain room temperature before I add the dry ingredients. That will help the bread rise better.

Then I’ll add the dry ingredients, put a small indention in the top of the flour & add the instant yeast. (my machine recommends adding yeast in this manner)

In the colder months I enjoy the delightful aroma of homemade bread baking inside the house. But in the summer months to keep that Texas summer heat outside, I place the bread maker on our covered back porch.

Either way, setup is just that easy! Then since the machine defaults to the last setting I used – regular bread, 2-lb loaf and medium crust – I simply push the ‘Start’ button & walk away.

Yeah, that’s pretty simple, y’all. I can get used to this! LOL

The Bread Characteristics

Of course being bread-maker bread, the baked product is still a large square. And there’s still a paddle hole at the bottom, albeit smaller than years past.

Bread Machine recipe for a delicious 2-lb loaf of homemade oatmeal bread. Use your bread machine to simplify bread-baking day! #TexasHomesteader

So for our sandwich slices I simply cool the loaf & cut it in half at the paddle hole. This cut makes the resulting slices of bread not quite so large and square. 

Then I lay each half on its side (cut side down) and slice the loaf using our *Bread-Slicing Guide. This will be our sandwich bread slices.

The section with the paddle hole is cut first. That end piece is always the piece that RancherMan & I enjoy hot and freshly baked. It’s always devoured, sometimes before the rest of the bread is even sliced!

Cut loaf into sandwich slices using slicing guide. Bread Machine recipe for a delicious 2-lb loaf of homemade oatmeal bread. Use your bread machine to simplify bread-baking day! #TexasHomesteader

Thicker Crust Issue

Some people complain that bread machine bread oftentimes has a thicker crust. I found the crust that touches the bread pan is indeed a little thicker than when baked in my own pans in the oven. But the crust on top is light & fluffy.

To battle the thicker crust issue I place the hot baked bread on a rack & rub butter lightly over the crust to soften it. Then I immediately cover it with a clean (dark-colored) kitchen towel. The light steaming also softens the crust.

It’s still somewhat thicker than the crust I bake in my own bread pans. But it’s so slight that it’s not off putting to us.

Homemade Honey-Oat Sandwich Bread Made Easy In A Bread Machine #TexasHomesteader

Bread-Maker Tips From Readers

Marie gave this tip: Once the mixing has finished & it signals (usually with a series of beeps) you can go & take out the dough real quick, remove the paddle & replace the dough in the pan for the last rise. Gets rid of that big hole.

Kate says: I set my bread for the lightest color of crust. I found that if I set it on medium or dark the sides were far too thick and crusty. The top is really blonde which is not very breadish looking, but I found it really helped keep the sides nicer.

OK, so y’all want my 2-lb bread-maker Oatmeal Sandwich Bread recipe? Check it out!

Oatmeal Sandwich Bread - 2-Lb Loaf

A 2-lb oatmeal sandwich bread recipe for an Oster ExpressBake Bread Machine.

Course bread
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, machine, oatmeal, sandwich
Author www.TexasHomesteader.com



  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons bacon grease
  • 1/2 cup coarse oat flour
  • 3 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons yeast



  1. Mix milk, water, honey & bacon grease & warm gently in microwave or allow to reach room temperature before continuing. Then pour into the bread pan.

  2. In separate bowl mix oat flour, all-purpose flour and salt.
  3. Pour flour mixture into bread-machine pan on top of wet ingredients.

  4. Make a shallow well in flour and add yeast. (it's said the yeast should not touch the wet ingredients until it's mixed in by the machine)
  5. Choose your settings - 1 for the type of loaf, choose a 2 lb loaf and choose light, medium or dark crust.

    The machine defaults to the last setting you used, so typically all I need to do is press "START"


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4 thoughts on “2-Lb Honey/Oat Sandwich Bread Recipe For A Bread Machine

  1. Randy Cook

    I substituted 3/4 cup whole wheat flour for 3/4 cup of white flour and 1tbsp butter for 1 tbsp of bacon grease. Still excellent bread.

  2. Alisha

    This sounds so yummy and I must try it. Instead of “winging it” I thought I would ask. Do you have instructions on how to make this without the machine? I love your blog BTW!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Well Alisha, this bread machine recipe makes a 2-lb loaf. It seems my typical loaf pans (9×5) make about a 1.5 lb loaf. The easiest thing I’d think is to make this recipe, which makes 2 standard 9×5 sized loaf. It’s the recipe I’d amended to make my 2-lb bread machine loaf anyway. (note: these days I’m pretty much replacing ALL of the whole wheat flour with oat flour and we like it just fine) –> https://texashomesteader.com/homemade-sandwich-bread-variation-oatmeal/

  3. Evelyn Edgett

    Seriously? Now I have to go make this in my machine–your recipes are addictive. I have had so many bread machines since the first one I received for Christmas over 29 years ago. I wear them out from so much use. he latest one actually makes a loaf shape, and I love it. I also set the crust for the lightest setting, and take it out immediately. I will try taking out the paddle and see how that works. I like using the one hour setting, the bread seems to turn out better for me. Something I have started using instead of water is the whey left over from making kefir cheese. When I use the one hour setting it creates a softer loaf. I suppose any whey would work. I can’t believe I never thought of premixing my ingredients for the bread machine. I do it with my biscuit and pancake recipes–just pop them in the bottom of the fridge, and when I need them I jut add whatever wet ingredients are needed. Thank you for the tip!


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