Honey-Oatmeal Bread

This one is a favorite among the siblings.

Honey-Oatmeal Bread

Honey-Oatmeal Bread

from The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook

Ingredients:

  • 2¼ cups milk
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • ½ cup warm water (105° to 115°)
  • 2 cups regular oats, uncooked
  • 6 to 6½ cups all-purpose flour
  • Butter or margarine, melted

DIrections

Combine first 4 ingredients in a saucepan; heat until shortening melts. Remove from heat, and cool to 105° to 115°.Combine yeast and warm water in a 1-cup liquid measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes. Combine yeast mixture, liquid mixture, oats, and 2 cups flour in a large mixing bowl; mix well. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (8 to 10 minutes). Place in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

(You can do a lot of things when you are waiting an hour for dough to rise. At this point we went to Bed Bath & Beyond to buy a second loaf pan, because we only had one to begin with. We also bought a shoe rack for me to put in the closet and organize my shoes. Since we got married, Rebecca has had a quest to make sure I had the right shoes for every occasion, so now I own more shoes than I ever have. A shoe rack became a necessity.)

Punch dough down; cover and let stand 10 minutes. Divide dough in half; place on a floured surface. Roll each half to a 15- x 9-inch rectangle. Roll up, jellyroll fashion, starting at narrow end; pinch seams and ends to seal. Place loaves, seam side down, in two greased 9- x 5-inch loaf pans. Brush with butter.

Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 40 minutes or until doubled in bulk. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Cover with foil the last 15 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning. Remove loaves from pans; cool on wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves.

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3 thoughts on “Honey-Oatmeal Bread

  1. I really want to try that bread, but I physically can’t bring myself to put a whole cup of shortening into bread. Butter I’m fine with. I wonder if I could substitute…hmm….

  2. Just remember that one cup of shortening is spread through 2 loaves of bread. If you want the extra buttery taste, you can use butter-flavored shortening. The liquid ratios in butter and shortening are different so you may find it tricky to substitute one for the other, without having to add more flour to compensate. Let us know how it works out!

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