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Simple Oatmeal Bread

No recipe image available.This hearty oatmeal yeast bread, sweetened with molasses, is great for sandwiches and even better toasted and served with butter, jam or honey.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup quick-cooking oats
2 cups boiling water
2 (0.25-ounce) packages active dry yeast, or 4 1/2 teaspoons
1/3 cup warm water
1/2 cup molasses
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
6 cups all-purpose or bread flour

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine oatmeal and boiling water in a large bowl; mix well and let stand for 30 minutes. In a small bowl dissolve yeast in warm water(105°F to 115°F | 40°C 45°C); set aside and allow to foam, about 5 minutes.
  2. Mix molasses, butter and salt into the oat mixture until blended. Stir in yeast mixture; combine thoroughly. Gradually add flour, one cup at a time, stirring until mixed after each addition. Transfer dough to a floured surface; knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, turning dough to grease all sides. Place in a warm spot, cover and let rise for 2 hours or until doubled in size. Grease two 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pans; set aside.
  3. Punch dough down to press air out; shape into two loaves. Place in prepared loaf pans; cover and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  4. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
  5. Bake for 50 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.

Makes 2 loaves.