Suzy's Gramma's Oat Bread

My great friend Suzy posted pictures of this bread on Facebook, and I just had to have the recipe. Suzy writes "oh and forgot to mention - the recipe was typewritten (typical for my mom) on the back of a love letter from my dad way back in the '50's. Embarrassing. But the bread is mmmmmgood."
Yield 3 loaves

2 cups rolled oats (no quick oats, please)
1/2 cup molasses
1 tablespoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
4 cups boiling water
8 cups white flour, plus more for dusting
2 packages of active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
Melted butter for brushing loaves

1 Place first 5 ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Mix in half the flour to help cool.
2 Add yeast to 1/2 cup warm water. When flour mixture is lukewarm add yeast mixture and mix. Add remaining flour.
3 Turn out onto board dusted with flour and knead until elastic, about 5 minutes. WARNING - this stuff is REALLY STICKY!! Keep adding flour until you can handle dough easily, but do not knead too much, as the dough will become dense.
4 Lightly oil 3 large loaf pans. Divide dough into three equal parts and form into loaves in the pans. Let rise until 2.5 times original size.
5 Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 45 minutes, until golden and firm.
6 Brush tops of baked loaves with butter. Cool on racks before slicing, if you can wait that long.

notes Further notes from Suzy: The really hard part is the kneading because it is SOOOOO sticky (rather soupy)! I probably put in another cup of flour during the kneading process, but am reluctant to alter the recipe. I honor the tradition and the recipe.... But folks need to be warned.

Also - aside from tasting awesome straight out of the oven...this bread is fabulous when toasted! I recommend half inch slices and unsalted butter spread over. mmmmmmm - like cake but not as sweet....the molasses kicks it!

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