2 cups oatmeal
4 cups boiling water
¼ cup shortening or butter
2 tsp salt
½ cup sugar (white or brown)
⅔ cup molasses
11-12 cups all-purpose flour
1 pkg. yeast
1 tsp sugar
½ cup warm water
In a large bowl, pour boiling water over oatmeal, shortening, salt, sugar and molasses. Stir well and let cool until lukewarm. Stir in prepared yeast mixture (yeast, sugar and warm water mixed and let sit 5 minutes until bubbles rise).
Add flour gradually, mixing well to form a soft dough. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead in more flour until the dough is not sticky.
Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
Divide dough into loaf portions. Place shaped loaves into greased bread pans. Grease the tops with melted butter or shortening.
Cover and let rise again until doubled. Bake at 350F.
From the kitchen of Dawne McLean
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