1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats (not instant)
2 cups milk, scalded
1 package active dry yeast
1/2 cup water*
1/2 cup molasses
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
4 1/2 cups all purpose or bread flour
Put oats in large bowl and cover with milk. Stir and let stand until lukewarm. Sprinkle or crumble yeast into water. *Use very warm water (105F to 115F) for dry yeast; use lukewarm (80F to 90F) for compressed. Let stand a few minutes; then stir until dissolved.
Add yeast mixture, molasses, salt and ginger to oat mixture. Stir in 4 1/2 cups unsifted flour. Cover and let rise in warm place until double in bulk, about 1 hour.
Knead on well-floured board and put into 2 loaf pans. Let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Bake in code oven 400F for about 45 to 50 minutes.
Makes 2 loves.
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