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Honey Oatmeal Peasant Boule – A Filling and Delightful Bake

30 January 2012 38 Comments

Honey oatmeal peasant bread

‘I don’t need the bread, but it’s nice to do something creative‘. ~ John Goodman. My daily normal Indian meal has no place for yeast bread, I like my chapattis and rice with curries and other accompaniments. But then ‘creative & therapeutic‘ is what baking is to me and I love my breads and cakes for the same reason.

After years of baking I still feel ‘yeast challenged’ every time that I bake something and feel jittery to see the outcome. This month when Abby Dodge asked us to bake a Peasant Boule for #baketogether I instantly grabbed the challenge in order learn more from my fellow food bloggers and bake my own Peasant Boule as well.

I used the regular granulated yeast and mixed the dough with my hands and baked two loaves, one by following the recipe of Abby and the other with some variations to make it a healthy loaf.

I added Oatmeal, Honey, almonds and cranberries to my bake. Both the loaves look fabulous, if APF loaf is light & soft, Oatmeal bread is slightly dense but extremely filling and nutritious to snack upon. Honey gives a wonderful earthy flavor while almonds and cranberries add texture to this Honey Oatmeal Peasant Boule.

Honey Oatmeal Peasant Bread

APF peasant bread and my Oatmeal loaf behind..rising well.

Honey Oatmeal Peasant Boule


  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup quick cooking oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp. Honey
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. granulated yeast
  • 1 ½ cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp. dried Cranberries
  • 1 tbsp. Almonds
  • 1 tsp. sugar
Honey Oatmeal Peasant Bread

Light and soft Peasant Boule..

Method; As I used granulated yeast and baked the loaf without stand mixer, the baking process is slightly different from the original.

In a large bowl add the flours, oatmeal, baking powder, salt, honey and mix all the ingredients well with a fork.

Make a well in the centre and pour warm water in it. Add sugar and yeast granules into it. Let it foam for a minute and mix all the ingredients to make sticky dough. Use dry flour or oil to handle the dough if you find it too sticky.

Roll it into a large ball and place it in a greased bowl, cover it tghly with a lid or cellophane sheet. Let it rise for about 45 minutes.

Grease a small round cake tin with butter or oil.

Take out the risen dough and flatten it on a floured surface. Place it in the round greased cake tin and brush it with melted butter. Let it rise again for about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven at 190°C for 10 minutes.

Honey Oatmeal Peasant Bread

A slice of hearty Oatmeal peasant boule in front and the light APF loaf at the back..

Place the baking tray in the oven and bake at 190°C for about 40 minutes till the top is brown and the bread sounds hollow when tapped from bottom.

Honey Oatmeal Peasant Bread

Oatmeal bread..Dunk it in your favorite soup and enjoy!

Cool it completely and serve it with a hot cup of tea or a creamy tomato and carrot soup. Thanks Abby for introducing me to the intricacies of bread making, am loving my Peasant Boule and will be making it more often.


  1. Check the recipe of All purpose Peasant Boule on Abby’s blog.
  2. Oatmeal bread with nuts and cranberries is extremely filling and scrumptious loaf.
  3. Replace cranberries with raisins or any other nuts of your choice.


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  • sangeetakhanna said:

    Great looking bread Sanjeeta.
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  • Sowmya said:

    your pics make me hungry..looks delicious!
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  • Barbara | Creative Culinary said:

    I love the changes you made to this simple loaf. I could spend a month making every version that I want from the participants. One of my favorite breads is a whole wheat honey combination so your oatmeal/honey is on that list. Nice job!
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  • Sharmilee said:

    I wonder how you often come up with such tasty and healthy recipes…luv the combination
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  • Anita Menon said:

    Love both the versions. Love baking breads and this one is bookmarked for future baking.
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  • veena Aravind said:

    The picture of the bread dunked in soup looks awesome..!! Trust me..all your recipes needs to be tried..and I think the whole blog is bookmarked..:)

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Veena, Thanks, you are a sweet heart! Hugs.

  • the wicked noodle said:

    With all the cooking and baking I do, I’ve never been brave enough to try bread with yeast. I wish I had a warm slice of yours though!
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  • Jamie said:

    LOVE!!! This really is a great bread for someone who is still not too comfortable baking yeast breads. Yours is stunning and I love the honey,oats, cranberries and almonds! I have to try your recipe when I make it again. Perfect!
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  • Terra said:

    This bread sounds fun to make, your two variations are beautiful mix of flavors. I adore making bread, need to try this. I have never had Peasant boule, but now very curious:-) Hugs, Terra

  • sayantani said:

    awesome bread.

  • priya srinivasan said:

    Love that click with soup!!! Bread looks hearty!!!!
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  • Kristen said:

    Such beautiful breads. I love to bake bread and even though I am no longer eating it, I will continue to make it for my family because of the enjoyment I get out of doing so.
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  • Priya said:

    Picture itself tempts me a lot..marvellous boule..
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  • foodwanderings said:

    Love your boule and the consistency so interesting from others I saw. I bet I would love it!! 🙂 Always skim through your ingredient list and love love it Sanjeeta!
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  • Helen @Helen's Cooking said:

    OMG this is so tempting! I have to try this!!!!

  • Deepa said:

    Amazing looking bread dipped in soup. Wonderfully prepared.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  • chinmayie @ love food eat said:

    Looks perfect!
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  • Raks said:

    Sounds too good sanjeeta!too tempting… Especially the last picture with the bread in soup 🙂
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  • Rosa said:

    It looks so tempting and smooth!



  • Joanne said:

    This bread sounds so tasty! I’d definitely keep eating it, pulling off chunk after chunk.
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  • Deeps @ Naughty Curry said:

    never heard of this bread before… looks awesome, esp the oatmeal one
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  • Faith said:

    Your bread looks incredible! One of the things I love most about baking bread is how it makes the whole house smell divine!
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  • kankana said:

    You got some nice texture on the bread. It looks fluffy and perfect. I still suck at baking bread. Made three attempts and all went in the bin at the end of baking !
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  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said:

    OMG! That boule looks so heavenly. I want a loaf, like right now 😀
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  • Delishhh said:

    Both versions just look wonderful! Very nice!
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  • abby dodge said:

    Your variations are mouthwatering! So happy you joined in #baketogether. Next month is Cheesecake .. can’t wait to see how you spin this recipe. A

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said:

    Such a nice crumb and the honey and oatmeal sounds wonderful either with a little jam for breakfast or with soup like you said.
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  • Jayasri said:

    Hi sanjeeta, superb breads, Love the oats one though, I would have choosen something like this to bake, looks fantastic, with the love of baking breads and because of your post, I too baked this boule yesterday, hope to post it by tonight.., Beautiful as always dear..,
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  • Lisa | Dust with Flour said:

    Your variation with oatmeal, cranberries and almond looks yummy. I love this bread recipe and enjoy seeing how each cook has personalized it.
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  • Shabbir said:

    great replacement for daily conventional bread…now i can eat this piece daily…wow…thanks sangeeta…u make me more hungry 🙂

  • juniakk @ mis pensamientos said:

    i am scared of working with yeast too! i usually bake quick breads. your oatmeal bread looks fabulous! i’m sure it must have tasted good with everything. i think i would have eaten a pbj sandwich!
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  • Karriann said:

    Yummy I’d love some please!

    “Happy Cooking”

  • Jayasri said:

    hi Sanjeeta, I made the peasant boule, do visit me, your comments would be very precious to me., Hope you like it, thanks to you, we enjoyed it…
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  • mjskit said:

    What a fantastic peasant bread! For a person that doesn’t make yeast bread, you sure have a winner here. I love the addition of the cranberries. This one has been bookmarked!
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  • Julie M. said:

    Hi Sanjeeta! That is a truly lovely boule of bread you created there. For me, there is nothing better than a warm, fresh slice of homemade bread.
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  • marla said:

    Sanjeeta, I am so happy you took the challenge! This bread is beautiful 🙂

  • Kalyani said:

    interesting bread and tempting clicks, Sanjeetha 🙂

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