I have had this recipe for over 40 years and it has never failed. The aroma of it baking is wonderful, and it also makes great toast. Also a great addition to have with baked brown beans. This freezes very well; I cut the loaf up before I freeze, that way I take out just the slices I need.

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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour boiling water over oats and shortening in a bowl. Stir until shortening melts; let stand for 20 minutes, giving it a stir once in a while.

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  • Meanwhile, dissolve sugar in lukewarm water. Add yeast and let stand for 10 minutes. Stir briskly with a fork.

  • Stir yeast mixture into the partially cooled oat mixture with molasses and salt. Let cool to lukewarm, 5 to 10 minutes. Beat in 2 1/2 cups of flour, gradually adding remaining flour as needed.

  • Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead, 8 to 10 minutes. Shape into a smooth ball and place in a greased bowl, rolling the dough so the top is greased. Cover and let double in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

  • Punch dough down and shape into 4 loaves. Place into greased 8 1/2x4 1/2-inch bread pans. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Bake in preheated oven until tops are golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

117.5 calories; protein 2.8g 6% DV; carbohydrates 22.9g 7% DV; fat 1.5g 2% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 196.9mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2020
Fabulous bread! We loved it and will make it again. I even added a cup of wheat flour. This bread is spongy and soft and is perfect. Thank you for sharing this recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2020
Fabulous bread! We loved it and will make it again. I even added a cup of wheat flour. This bread is spongy and soft and is perfect. Thank you for sharing this recipe!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2020
Five stars all the way! Oh my, this is one of the easiest and best bread recipes. Nice and crusty on the outside and soft and flakey on the inside. The flavour is amazing. I made no changes other than halving the recipe and I will make again. Thanks for sharing! Read More