I found the original recipe in the book, America’s Bread Book, by Mary Gubser. I made a few changes which I highlighted in yellow. Go ahead and try her version as well. I did and it was great. I just have to put my own spin on things, ya know?
1 & 1/2 cups of boiling water
1 cup of rolled oats (If you can’t find “rolled oats” go ahead and use steel cut or rough cut oats. I wouldn’t do instant, though. They won’t hold their texture. )
1/3 cup vegetable shortening (If you have lard that you made, go for it.)
2 packs of active dry yeast (I used a fast yeast and it worked great for me.)
1/2 cup of warm water
1/2 cup of Molasses (The first time I did this, I used homemade Molasses. Was great. Second time, I used store bought. I wasn’t wild about it. You can, however, replace this with Raw Honey if you want.)
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons of salt
Butter (Enough to brush the tops and the inside of your bread pans.)
6 & 1/2 cups of unbleached flour (I used 3 & 1/2 cups of whole wheat/ whole grain flour.)
+ Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Butter three 8 & 1/2 inch loaf pans.
+ In a large bowl, mix the boiling water, oats and shortening. Set this to the side and allow the shortening to melt.
+ While that’s going on, in a small bowl, mix together your warn water and yeast.
+ Now, go back to the Shortening – Oats- Boiling Water mixture and add your Molasses or honey. Stir in the eggs and salt.
+ Add the yeast mixture and 3 cups of your flour. Beat the batter until its all well blended and smooth.
+ Start adding the rest of the flour, slowly. You may not need all of the left over flour. So add it little by little. Once it pulls from the sides, throw it onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until the dough becomes elastic and springs back when you poke it. Knead for about 8 or so minutes.
+ Form it into a ball and put it in a greased bowl. Place plastic wrap and a towel on top and let the dough rise for an hour.
+Once it has risen twice it’s size, throw it back onto a floured surface and punch it down. Divide it into three pieces. Lightly knead and shape each one and place it into the bread pans. Put a towel over them and let them rise again for 45 minutes. When they have risen to the tops of the pans, bake in the oven for about 40 minutes until golden brown. Slide from the pans, brush the tops with butter and then let cool.
For easy slicing, wrap the cooled bread loaves with plastic wrap and toss into the fridge. Once the bread is chilled, you can easily slice with a jagged edged knife without the bread bending or squishing.