My Oatmeal Bread
Yield: Makes 1 loaf plus 10-12 rolls"Our guests enjoy this bread with dinner as welt as toasted for breakfast. Try it fresh from the oven, dripping with butter!" --The Gosnold Arms, New Harbor, Maine
Ingredients:2 teaspoons dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
1/8 teaspoon sugar
1 cup oats
2 tablespoons bacon drippings
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cool water
3-3/4 to 4-1/4 cups bread flour
Instructions:Sprinkle yeast over warm water. Add sugar. Set aside in a warm draft-free place. In a large mixing bowl place oats, bacon drippings, salt, and molasses. Add boiling water, stir, and set aside for 5 minutes. Add cool water to oats mixture and blend. Add yeast mixture and 1-1/2 cups flour and mix well. Work in remaining flour and knead until dough is smooth and elastic (the dough will still be a little sticky). Place dough in lightly buttered bowl, turning to coat dough. Cover with a tea towel. Set aside in warm, draft-free place until double in size (about 1 hour). Punch down dough and knead 1 minute, Shape into desired form and let rise until double in bulk.
Loaf Bread -- 1-1/2 pounds dough per 9x5x3-inch bread pan. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30-35 minutes.
Dinner Rolls -- 1-1/2 ounces each. Bake at 375 degrees F for 12-18 minutes.