Oatmeal Bread

2 c rolled oats
3/4 c. molasses
1 yeast cake
2 c. scalded milk
1 c. water
2 tsp salt
flour- about 2 quarts or 8 cups
1 Tbsp butter or lard

Scald milk, add yeast, liquid, sugar, and salt. Stir and let stand to dissolve- 5 minutes. Add 1/2 sifted flour, beat until almost smooth and very elastic. Beat in melted and cooled shortening. Add remaining flour- work in as much as possible. Let stand 10 minutes then turn onto floured board and kneed until smooth and elastic. Round up a cover and let stand 2 ours. Punch down dough. Round up, let set til double in size- 3/4 hours. Punch down adn divide for loaves. Set 15 minutes then mold into loaves. Let rise again in pans. Bake at 400 for 10 minute then at 375 for 1 hour. Makes 3 loaves.

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