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Old 11-21-2008, 01:06 PM   #1
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Question Help deciphering a bread recipe

This is my late grandmother's bread recipe. We have never made it and the recipe is written on a sheet of paper that is falling apart and some of the directions are missing.

Brown Bread (no knead)

2 c boiling water
1 c quick oatmeal
1/3 c shortening
1/2 c light molasses
4 t salt
2 packages of yeast
2 beaten eggs
5 1/2 c flour

Combine water, shortening,salt. Cool to luke warm - add yeast. Blend in eggs and molasses. Add flour 2 cups at a time. Grease bowl and bread...

Store in refrig for 2 hours....

Okay so that's all I have - I wish I had a scanner so you could see this.

Do you think 1/3 c shortening sounds correct? Think I can use butter instead?

Does 1/2 c molasses sound right?

When should I add the quick oatmeal?

Why does it say store in the frigde? Perhaps this is an option instead of a direction?

At the bottom of the page there is something else for 2 hours and then no cooking time. What do you think the other thing for 2 hours is? What should the cooking time/temp be?

THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP! I'm just not experienced enough to know how to read this right.

Jeni

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Old 11-21-2008, 01:30 PM   #2
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Here is one posted by a friend on another site. Perhaps you can tell what you need from this:
2 cups oatmeal
2 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
3 cups boiling water

Scald above and cool.

Add:
2/3 cup molasses
2 cups cold water
yeast dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water
Flour--about 7 cups

(2 more cups to knead)

Let raise, punch down, put in pans, let raise
Bake at 325F for 35-40 minutes.
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Old 11-21-2008, 03:00 PM   #3
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Thanks Licia - I'm trying it right now - waiting for the bread to rise. It is a favorite of my dad's and he hasn't had it in 20 years so I thought this would be nice for him.
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Old 11-21-2008, 03:02 PM   #4
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I Google'd "oatmeal bread recipe" and it returned lots of recipes that you can refer to. Without going through all of them, I found this one that is similar;
best ever oatmeal bread recipe | bread recipes | yeast bread recipes
Hopefully this will shed some light on your grandmother's recipe, and give you the direction you need. good Luck!

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Old 11-21-2008, 03:13 PM   #5
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Thanks - I actually remember my grandma making this bread. The smell of the molasses triggered the memory. What a terrible smell but an interesting experience.
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Old 11-21-2008, 03:16 PM   #6
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My grandmother's recipe is close to yours.

Her instructions say to cool the boiling water slightly then add the oatmeal.(first instruction)

It calls for only 2 tablespoons of butter.
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Old 11-21-2008, 05:10 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone! It turned out great! Super moist, smells good. The tops got a little too brown, but nothing unedible and doesn't take away from the taste (still servable). They are also very uneven loaves size wise and I didn't do a very good job of shaping them.

I found this recipe to be harder to work with dough wise. I was afraid to add too much flour.

Oh, and here is what I did for the recipe (if anyone is curious):

Brown Bread (no knead)

2 c boiling water
1 c quick oatmeal
1/3 c butter
1/2
c light molasses
4 t salt
2 packages of yeast
2 beaten eggs
5 1/2 c flour

Combine water, shortening,salt. Cool to luke warm - add yeast. Blend in eggs and molasses. Add flour 2 cups at a time.

I didn't put it in the refridgerator, I couldn't tell if that was supposed to be part of the recipe or for making later or what. I just let it rise for an hour or so, punched down, made loaves and let it rise again before baking. 350 for 40 minutes.

BAKING BREAD IS SO MUCH FUN!!!
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