Easy Brown Bread

Preparation time: 5-6 hours (with 50-60 minutes oven baking) Makes: 3 loaves

8 cups flour
1 tbsp. salt
1 cup rolled oats
¼ cup sugar
1 cup molasses
¼ cup shortening
1 tbl. yeast
4 cups warm water

Combine flour, salt, rolled oats, sugar, molasses. Cut in shortening. Make a well and pour in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over water. Let stand 10 minutes until yeast is foamy. Mix, knead for 10 minutes and set to rise in a warm place for 2 ½ to 3 hours or until double in size. Punch down. Divide dough in ½ and then divide each ½ into 3 small balls. Place two balls into 3 greased loaf pans. Let rise for 2 hours. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes.

Hint: If using a machine, knead for 3 minutes. Amount of flour may vary depending on the amount of moisture in the air.

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