Moist Oatmeal Bread


2 cups oatmeal
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon lard
4 cups boiling water
1 yeast cake, dissolved in 1 cup lukewarm water
3/4 cup molasses (or a mixture of molasses and honey)
11 cups flour, or enough to make a dough you can knead


Combine first 4 ingredients and set aside to cool. Stir in yeast and molasses. Gradually add flour and knead until smooth and elastic. Cover, let rise until double in volume, punch down, and divide dough among 4 small bread pans. Let rise again, covered, until double in volume, then bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes; reduce heat to 325 degrees F and bake 30 minutes longer, or until bread tests done.


Makes 4 loaves.

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