Sunday, January 3, 2010

Baking Bread

We found a real homestyle recipe in The Gooseberry Patch Farmhouse Christmas
It is Oatmeal Molasses Bread... yummy!  Sweet and even better brushed with melted butter hot out of the oven!

The recipe makes 2 loaves..

1 1/2 c. boiling water            1/2 t. sugar
1 c. long cooking oats           1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
2 T butter                             1/4 c. molasses
2 t. salt                                 approx 5 cups all purpose flour
1/4 oz yeast pack (I used 2 small ones)
3/4 c. warm water                1 T. melter butter

In a bowl, combine first 4 ingredients; cool.  In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Sprinkle with regular sugar. Add oat mixture, brown sugar, molasses, and 3 cups flour; mix well. Add enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto floured surface and knead for 6 to 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic.  Place into greased bowl; tunr once to grease top (I used olive oil) Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour. Punch down dough. Divide in half; shape into loaves and place in greased loaf pans (9x5). Cover and let rise until doubled (30-45 min) Bake at 375 for 30 to 35 min or until golden brown. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks. Brush with melted butter. Makes 2 loaves. YUM!

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