Delicious Oatmeal and Molasses Bread
Even though I am always trying to stay in shape and watching what I am eating, I never exclude bread from my diet. I like to bake my own bread for my family not because it is always tastes better than what you will find in the store, but also for the aroma that spreads through the whole house giving the feel of being home.
This is the best oatmeal bread recipe I have found and I tried far too many to count. This bread will be a great addition to any dinner, lunch and breakfast. The molasses adds a nice dark brown color to this bread as well as a very unique taste.
For two loafs of bread you will need:
• 1 cup of quick oatmeal
• 2 cups of boiling water
• 1/2 cup of molasses
• 1 teaspoon of active dry or instant yeast
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 cup of sugar
• 2 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter
• 4 1/2 to 5 cups of bread flour
• 1 beaten egg for the crust
• 2 tablespoons of quick oatmeal for sprinkling on top of the bread
In a large bowl add two cups of boiling water into the oatmeal and let it cool down.
In another bowl mix together sugar, 1/2 cup of water and yeast. Let the yeast sit for 10 minutes until it will form a foam.
Add salt, sugar, melted butter, molasses, and your yeast mixture to the oatmeal, mix well.
Then fold in flour and knead well.
Form a ball from your dough, place it into the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let it double in size.
After your dough rises divide it into two pieces, form these into loafs then place them into 2 greased baking dishes and let them rise again.
Brush your raised loafs with lightly beaten egg and sprinkle with two tablespoons of dry oatmeal before baking.