Since the warm weather has left us, HD and I decided to bake this weekend. We made my grandma's (HD's great-grandma's) homemade oatmeal raisin bread. HD wasn't much help, as you can see below, he just kept looking outside. Poor little guy just doesn't understand how it can be so warm one day that we can go for a walk and then so cold the next that we have to stay inside all day.
Ingredients for Oatmeal Raisin Bread
1 c. quick cooking oatmeal
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. shortening
1 tbls. salt
3 tbls. molasses (or half dark syrup and half molasses)
1 c. boiling water
1 pkg. yeast
1 c. warm water
1 tsp. sugar
5 c. flour, divided
1/2-1 c. raisins (depending on how many you want in your bread!)
Dissolve yeast in warm water with 1 tsp. sugar. Combine with oatmeal mixture. Add three cups of flour and beat with an electric mixer. Add raisins and remaining flour (or as much as possible) to make a stiff batter.
Knead it with the rest of the flour until smooth. (You may not need all of the 5 cups of flour.)
Place in a bowl and then sit in a warm place and let raise for 1.5 hours.
Punch down and then let rest for 10 minutes.
Place on a cooling rack and enjoy with some butter and jelly!