Basic Best Oatmeal Bread

submitted by butterflydog

2 pkt dry yeast
1/3 cup butter, margarine, shortening or oil
1/2 cup warm water or skim milk
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup quick style oats
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup molasses
5 !/2 to 6 cups all purpose flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water till foamy. Pour boiling water over oats,
honey, molasses, salt and shortening in bowl. Stir well to melt
shortening and cool . When cool, stir in 2 cups flour and beat well with
mixer,. Add yeast and mix well. Add and beat in enough flour to make a
soft dough. Turn out to floured surface and knead by hand 5 to 8 minutes
until smooth and elastic and not sticky, adding only additional flour to
keep dough from sticking and yet have a smooth and pliable dough. Place
dough in oiled bowl and cover and let rise double about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Punch down and let rest 10 minutes. Divide in half, form into loaves and
placed in 2 , 9 inch greased loaf pans. Cover and let rise double again.
Brush top of loaves 1 egg white mixed with 1 Tbsp water. Sprinkle top of
loaves with some oatmeal for a festive look. Bake 425F for 15 minutes
then reduce heat to 325 and bake about 30 minutes more. Cover leaves with
foil if browning too much. Remove bread to rack to cool completely.
May be frozen

Yield 2 loaves
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