This one comes from my mom. The dough is homey, yeasty, and sweet. Using this recipe, you can make rolls, a loaf of bread, or any other shape your heart desires.
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 cup oil
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 cup boiling water
- Two packages active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon honey
- One egg
- 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 cups all purpose flour
- Oil or butter for greasing baking dish or loaf pan
- Cornmeal or sesame seeds for coating greased pan (if making into loaves)
- Combine the first seven ingredients listed, and set aside.
- Combine yeast, warm water, and honey; let mixture sit until yeast proofs.
- When the first mixture is no longer hot, but still warm, combine it with the yeast mixture.
- Stir in the egg and add enough flour to make a soft dough that can be kneaded without sticking.
- Let rise until doubled in a warm, moist spot.
- Meanwhile, grease the baking dish if making rolls. If making a loaf, grease the pan and sprinkle with cornmeal or sesame seeds.
- Knead briefly to remove any air bubbles.
- Shape dough into rolls or loaf (score the loaf once down the middle with a sharp knife to prevent tearing and facilitate rising) and place in dish or pan.
- Allow to rise until doubled in size again.
- Bake at 350° F for forty minutes or until crust is brown and bread pulls away from the sides of the pan.
Yield: One loaf or twenty-four rolls
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