Oatmeal Bread

This recipe came from a Taste of Home cookbook. I have lots of oatmeal in my food storage and I decided to try some new recipes to use it up.

This bread is yummy!!! I probably should have let if rise a little longer. It smells so good in my house right now!!

2 cups cooked hot oatmeal stir in 3 Tablespoons butter and cool to 120 – 130 degrees.

Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 packages (or 4 1/2 teaspoons) yeast, 2 teaspoons salt. Beat in oatmeal until moistened. Add 1 egg. Beat for 3 minutes. Mix in 2 – 3 1/2 cups of flour to make a stiff but soft dough. Knead for about 5 minutes until smooth.

Cover dough and let rise until doubled or even a little more. Punch down and let rest for a few minutes. Divide into halves and roll each half out to a rectangle and then roll up into a loaf. Put into bread pans, let rise until double. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

An Italian variation with the same dough,

Cover above dough and let rest for 15 minutes. Punch down, press dough into a greased 9×13 pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled (1/2 hour or so). Brush with 4 Tablespoons of melted butter. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Brush again with 2 Tablespoons butter. Combine 1 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Sprinkle over partially baked bread. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until golden brown.

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