Sunday, January 22, 2012

Grandma's Oatmeal Bread

This recipe is my Grandma's Oatmeal Bread recipe from her cookbook that she started putting together in 1929. I make this bread with my stand mixer and it works great. Perfect for a cold weather day with some soup or stew.

1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned oatmeal)
1 T salt
2 T canola oil or coconut oil
2 cups boiling water

1 package yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/4 cup lukewarm water

1/2 cup lukewarm milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
About 5 cups flour

Pour the 2 cups boiling water over the rolled oats, salt, and oil in a bowl and let stand until lukewarm. Meanwhile let yeast stand in a small bowl for about 10 minutes with 1/4 cup lukewarm water and 1 tsp sugar. Combine yeast and oatmeal mixture, add brown sugar, milk and 3 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth, add rest of flour to make a soft dough. (I add 1/2 cup sunflower seeds at this stage but this is optional). Knead until smooth or if you are using a stand mixer only a couple of minutes (you will notice that the dough is smooth). Cover and let rise until doubled in size. Knead again (by hand this time) and divide and shape into 2 loaves. Place is 2 greased loaf pans. Let double again and bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes. Bread will sound hollow (if you knock on the top) and pull away from pans when done. Remove from pan and brush melted butter over top. (The melted butter is optional but that's how Grandma did it!!)

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