Oatmeal Bread


4-1/2 cups flour
2 packages yeast
1-3/4 cups water
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups rolled oats


In large bowl, combine 2 cups flour and the yeast.

In a saucepan over medium heat stir water, brown sugar, butter and salt until warm (115 to 120 degrees) and butter melts. Add to flour mixture and beat with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. The beat on high three minutes.

Using a spoon, stir in oatmeal, and as much remaining flour as possible. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic. Divide dough in half.

Lightly grease two loaf pans. Place dough into pans; let rise until doubled. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. During last 10 minutes, cover top with foil.


2 loaves

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