This bread recipe was sent to me by Becky Spanier (White) of Fargo, ND. This is her grandmother's, Gladys White (Krenelka)
from Hitterdal, MN, recipe for Molasses Oatmeal Raisin Bread. This bread was always made for special occasions and always at Christmas.
Becky asked if I could convert it for use in the bread machine.
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Grandma's Oatmeal Molasses Bread
Yields: 1 large loaf
Cook time: 40 minutes
3/4 cup uncooked old-fashioned oatmeal or unbleached all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tablespoons butter or vegetable shortening
1/4 cup dark
6 tablespoons firmly-packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups boiling water
3 cups bread
Put the oatmeal, butter or shortening, molasses, brown sugar, and salt in the pan of the bread machine; add boiling water. Allow to stand for 30 minutes or
until mixture has cooled to warm.
Add the flour and yeast. Select dough setting and press start. Approximately half way through the kneading cycle, add the raisins.
Check the dough (don't be afraid to open the lid). It should form a nice elastic ball. If you think the dough is too moist, add
additional flour (a tablespoon at a time). The same is true if the dough is looking dry and gnarly. Add warm water (a tablespoon at a time).
When dough cycle has finished, remove dough from pan and turn out onto a lightly oiled surface. Form dough into an oval, cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 minutes.
After resting, turn dough bottom side up and press to flatten. Shape dough into a loaf and place in a loaf pan that's been coated with cooking spray.
Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot to rise for approximately 30 to 60 minutes or until doubled (time can vary depending on room temperature).
Oven Rising: Sometimes I use my oven for the rising. Turn the oven on for a minute or so, then turn it off again. This will warm the oven and make
it a great environment for rising bread. If you can't comfortably press your hand against the inside of the oven door, the oven is too hot. Let it stand open to cool a bit.
Cool or Refrigerator Rise: If I don't have the time to wait for
the rise to finish or I know that I will be interrupted before the completed
rise, I do a cool rise. A cool rise is when the dough is place in the
refrigerator and left to rise slowly over night approximately 8 to 12 hours.
I usually do this after the first rise and the dough has been shaped into a
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped. (A good check is to use an instant
digital thermometer to test your bread. The temperature should be between 200 and 210 degrees.)
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Remove from oven and cool on a bread rack for about 10 minutes. Remove from pan.
Makes 1 1/2-pound loaf.