Oatmeal Bread

from The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, Eleventh Edition

2 cups boiling water
1 cup rolled oats, regular or quick
1/2 cup molasses
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1 package yeast
4 1/2 cups flour
More flour

Put in a large mixing bowl 2 cups boiling water and 1 cup rolled oats. Stir thoroughly. Let stand 1 hour. Add 1/2 cup molasses, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 tablespoon butter.

Put in a small bowl 1/2 cup lukewarm water and 1 package yeast. When dissolved, add to the oatmeal. Stir in 4 1/2 cups flour. Beat thoroughly and let rise until double in bulk. Add enough more flour to make the dough just firm enough to knead. Shape into loaves and put into buttered pans. Let rise until almost double. Bake about 50 minutes at 350 degrees.

Makes two loaves.


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