Is there anything better than the smell of rising and baking bread? Is there a candle or perfume I could have and just smell as needed?
This recipe is from the cookbook, Flavors of Cape Cod – Recipes from the Friends of the Thorton W. Burgess Society.
A full recipe makes 4 loaves of bread, so I cut everything in half. No other alterations were made.
2 c rolled oats
1 tblsp salt
1 tblsp lard
1/3 cup oil – I used vegetable oil
1 c molasses
4 c boiling water
1 c warm water
10 c flour – I used all-purpose flour
4 tblsp dry yeast
Combine oats, salt, lard, oil, molasses and 4 cups of boiling water and let cool. – It took about approx half hour for this to cool. Add yeast to cup of warm water and let proof. Mix all ingredients and add flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead for 10 minutes, place in greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Let rise until double in bulk. – This took a little over an hour. Punch down and divide into 4 loaves; place in 9 inch greased loaf tins – I used Bakers Joy. Let rise until doubled. – Another hour. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
The only thing better than the smell of baking bread is a warm slice of that bread. The texture is perfect and the oats just magically disappear. I think the molasses taste is a little strong, but not distracting. This one will take awhile, but it totally worth the effort.