Maata makes this every Friday for visitors who come to pick up their mail flown into Ungavaq by Laura. Anne learned to make it in Quest for the Ivory Caribou.

(Makes 1 loaf)

2 1/2  tsp. dry yeast

1/2 tsp. sugar

1/4 cup water, lukewarm

1 cup water, lukewarm

2 Tbsp. butter

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

2 Tbsp. honey or molasses

1 cup rolled oats + 1/2 cup rolled oats,

1 1/2 tsp. salt

2 1/2 cups flour


Grease and flour the loaf pan.


Assemble the ingredients. Grind 1/2 cup of the oats in a blender or food processor.


Proof the yeast + sugar in the 1/4 cup water. Add the remaining ingredients except the flour. Mix well. Mix in the flour. Knead for five minutes on a lightly floured board with floured hands. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes, then knead for another five minutes. Round up in a greased bowl. Make sure the top is greased too. Cover and set in a warm location. Let rise about 90 minutes until doubled. Press down to get the air out. Form the dough into a loaf shape and place in the greased and floured loaf pan. Cover and place in a warm location until it has risen one inch above the rim.


Heat the oven to 350 degrees if you are using a metal loaf pan or to 325 degrees if you are using a glass pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. To test for doneness, turn the loaf out on a rack. Tap the bottom. If it sounds hollow, it’s done. If not, put it back in the pan and bake a few more minutes. Cool on a rack.


This bread makes delicious bread pudding.