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Molasses-oatmeal bread

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In a large mixer bowl, combine 2 cups of the flour and the yeast. In a sauce pan, heat the 1 3/4 cups water, the 1 cup rolled oats, light molasses, shortening, and salt just until warm (115 to 120~) and shortening is almost melted; stir constantly. Add to flour mixture. Add the 2 eggs. Beat at low speed of electric mixer for 1/2 minute, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Beat 3 minutes at high speed. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can mix in with a spoon. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough that is smooth and elastic (3 to 5 minutes total). Shape into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl; turn once to grease surface. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double (about 1 1/2 hours). Punch down; turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Grease two loaf pans. If desired, coat each pan with about 3 tablespoons rolled oats. Shape dough into loaves. Place loaves in pans. Cover; let rise until nearly double (45 to 60 minutes). If desired, brush loaves with a mixture of egg white and 1 tablespoon water; sprinkle tops lightly with additional rolled oats. Bake in a 375~ oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Serve with honey butter, cream cheese or preserves. Posted on Genie by: G.STURN [Bethie]