OLD FASHIONED BROWN BREAD
2 1/3 cups boiling water
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup soft butter, cubed
1/3 cup molasses
5 1/2 - 6 1/2 cups all purpose flour
5 tsp active dry yeast
2 tsp salt
In a large bowl, pour boiling water over oats. Stir in butter and molasses. Let stand until mixture reads 120 to 130 degrees, stirring occasionally.
In another bowl, combine 3 1/2 cups flour, yeast and salt. Beat into oat mixture until blended. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a SOFT (not stiff) dough. Turn onto a floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic (about 6 - 8 minutes). Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled. About 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Turn onto LIGHTLY floured surface and divide in half. Shape into loaves. Place in 2 greased loaf pans . Cover and let rise until doubled - about 30 minutes.
Bake at 375 for 35 - 40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Brush tops with butter to soften crust.