We became obsessed with bread making during our COVID hibernation, and have studied a lot of different styles and techniques.  We have a tried lots of bread types like our very popular Japanese Milk Bread recipe, various sourdough loaves,  lots of variations of Italian bread, challah, brioche – and we recently started making some really cool breads with various different nuts & grains.

One of our favorite recent breads is pistachio oat bread.  We first saw a version of this loaf in San Francisco at the famous Tartine Bakery (BTW, we admire anything that Chad Robertson does, and we use his cookbook all the time).  This is not a sweet bread, but it is maybe the most flavorful bread we’ve made to date. 

Serve with any of your favorite nut spreads (pistachio butter obviously works best), or try some brie or Camembert with a bit of fig jam – oh, so yummy!

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Breakfast


Pre Ferment ingredients

  • 1.5 cups purified water, room temperature about 175 g
  • 2 tsp honey about 10 grams
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast do not use instant yeast for this recipe
  • 1.5 cups Bread flour about 175 g

Bread ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk, room temper about 390 g
  • 1 cup purified water, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt about 10 g
  • 1/4 cup honey about 35 g
  • 4 cups Bread flour about 480 g
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted about 65 g
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats about 200 g
  • 1 cup pistachios, roughly chopped about 150 g


Pre-Ferment Mix (Poolish method)

  • Mix together 1.5 cups water, 2 tsp honey, and 1 tbsp yeast. Let activate for 1-2 minutes.
  • Mix in 1.5 cups of bread flour until smooth. Cover, and refrigerate overnight, or at room temperature for 1 hour.


  • Mix together the milk, 1 cup of water, 1 tbsp yeast, 1 tsp salt, and 1/4 cup honey, Add in 4 cups of bread flour, then the melted butter, and mix until all the flour is hydrated.
  • Reserve about 1/2 cup of oats. Add the remaining oats and pistachios to the dough, and work these ingredients into the dough by hand.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and springy, about 5-7 minutes. Push back any nuts that fall out of the dough. Cover the dough, wait 15 minutes, then knead again for 1-2 minutes.
  • Place the dough in a buttered bowl, and cover. Let rise in a warm place until about doubled, about 2 hours.
  • Gently remove the dough onto a floured surface, and divide into 2 portions. Form into round loaves, and roll reach loaf with the remaining oats.
  • Place each loaf into a bowl or banneton, cover, and let rise again for 30 minutes.
  • Pre heat your oven to 400 deg F. Place each loaf on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and score the center (this will help the bread to rise in the oven). Bake for 45 minutes or more until the surface is brown. Cool on a rack before slicing.
Keyword bread making, pistachio bread
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