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Oatmeal Bread



1-1/2 cups boiling water

1 tablespoon butter

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup old-fashioned oats

2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast

3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)

1/4 cup molasses

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divide


1. In a small bowl, combine the boiling water, butter, salt and sugar. Stir in oats; cool to lukewarm. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in the molasses, brown sugar and 1 cup flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in oat mixture and enough remaining flour to make a stiff dough.

2. Turn out onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.

3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape each portion into a ball. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes; Shape into loaves. Place in 2 greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 1 hour.

4. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes (cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly). Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

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