As you know my husband is about as picky as you can get but put a loaf of hot homemade bread in front of him and the man loses all control as does the kid. She takes after her father.
I have made some modifications to Barbara's Oatmeal Bread. Here is my take on it.
Susy's Oatmeal Bread
3 cup of water
1/2 of orange juice ( I didn't have any so hence the tangerines...)
2 cups of oatmeal (like Quaker Oats but not the instant stuff)
1 cup of molasses
1/2 cup of olive oil
2 tsp salt
4 pkgs of dry yeast ( I have the loose stuff so it is about 9 tsp)
1 cup of hot tap water for the yeast to dissolve in
3 cups King Arthur Bread Flour
9 cups King Arthur Whole Wheat White Flour
As I said, I didn't have any orange juice so my friend Carolyn helped me out with tangerines which I squeezed.
Combine the orange juice and the 3 cups of water and heat in the microwave until boiling.
and using your cup that you used for the olive oil (don't rinse it out, trust me on this, you'll see why)
Dump it out on a baking mat and cover with a bit of flour and knead until it doesn't stick to your hands any more.
You don't have to babysit it, go read a book, run a short errand. It will double in size (about 1-1.5 hours).
I know crazy huge. Grease your bread pans. I have 1/2 loave pans and I make 6 loaves out of this monster.
I like to put a piece of waxed paper between the cloth and the bread at this point so it won't stick.Cover'em up and walk away
They will double in size without any help from you so preheat the oven to 350 degrees F in anticipation.
I guarantee that these freeze well if you can keep them from the clamoring brood long enough to get them into the freezer.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from me to all of you.