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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.

Recipe Summary

30 mins
30 mins
2 hrs 55 mins
3 hrs 55 mins
4 loaves


Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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

118 calories; protein 2.8g; carbohydrates 22.9g; fat 1.5g; sodium 196.9mg. Full Nutrition