There is nothing better on a fall day than warm bread out of the oven with butter melting on it. Do I even have to mention the smell of warm baking bread, there is nothing like it.
1&3/4 cups boiling water
3/4 cup oats
1/4 cup molasses
1&1/2 tsp salt
3tbsp oil 1tsp sugar
1/2 cup warm water
1pkg active dry yeast
4 cups all purpose flour
In a large mixing bowl pour boiling water over oats. Stir in molasses, salt and oil. Let cool to lukewarm.
Dissolve 1tsp sugar in 1/2 cup warm water and sprinkle in yeast.
Let stand 10 minutes. Then stir well.
Sorry, got carried away and forgot to take doughy pictures.
Add dissolved yeast and 1&1/2 cups flour to the oat mixture. Beat at low speed with electric mixer for about 1/2 minute then at high for 3 mins. Scraping sides of bowl often. Stir in with dough hook or by hand, the remaining 2&1/2 cups flour until thoroughly blended. Cover with greased parchment or cling film then a tea towel. Let rise in a warm place for about an hour.
Then beat about 25 strokes with a wooden spoon,or knead, dough will be sticky.
Grease a 2qt casserole dish or loaf pan and sprinkle top lightly with oats and press down gently so they stick.
Cover and let rise another 30 mins.
Bake in 375F oven for 35-45 mins until done.
If you are using the bread for sandwiches or to toast it would be easier if you used a loaf pan. We ate most of it warm from the oven with butter.