Oatmeal Molasses Bread

I found this recipe in the newspaper and gave it a try.  The bread turned out pretty good.  This recipe makes a lot.  I divided the dough in half and formed one of the halves into a round loaf.  I divided the other half of the dough into fourths and made four little round loaves to give away.  I liked the way the smaller loaves turned out and the next time I make this bread, I will probably just do 8 small round loaves.

Oatmeal Molasses Bread

1 cup quick oats
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 package dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup molasses
2 teaspoons salt
4-2/3 cups flour

Bring 2 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in quick oats and butter. Let stand for one hour. Soak yeast in lukewarm water for 5 minutes. Stir until dissolved and add molasses, salt, and oatmeal mixture. Stir thoroughly and add 4-2/3 cups of flour. Knead for 8 minutes. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk. Divide into 2 pieces and mold into 2 loaves of bread. Let rise in a warm place, covered with a towel, until doubled in size. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.

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