Brother’s Bread

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Brother’s Bread is an oatmeal bread of the best sort. It is not heavy, stodgy, or dense. It is light, and redolent with the flavours of molasses and oats. It is the perfect accompaniment to baked beans, and is also quite nice at breakfast with a bit of jam, or at lunch with a bit of cheese.

1 1/2 cups water
2 Tbsp. oil
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
3 cups flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 cups oats
2 1/4 tsp. yeast
1 1/2 tsp. salt

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I use the bread machine on dough cycle to form this dough, adding the ingredients in the order listed. (See the box below if you are not using a bread machine). The bread dough will be very loose when you remove it, do not be alarmed. Transfer to greased pans of your choice, cover and let rise 45 minutes or till double in volume. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake 30 minutes or until done. Cool on rack.

risen dough
risen dough

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You can see what a difference the type of bread pan makes. I made a long loaf, in my mother’s very light pan, and a small loaf in my well-used pan. The darker pan makes a darker crust. Choose according to your taste.

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If you are not using a bread machine to form the dough, follow this set of instructions:
1. Combine the yeast and warm water and set aside for 5 minutes.
2. Combine 2 cups of the flour, the egg, sugar, oats, molasses and oil and mix well. Add the yeast and mix again. Beat vigorously while adding the rest of the flour. Knead on a floured surface.
3. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and let sit until double in bulk.
4. Put into pans as described above and continue with the recipe there.

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