Toasted Oatmeal and Raisin Bread

Toasting the oats add a whole new flavor to this hearty bread.


Details

Difficulty

Moderate

Yield

2 loaves

Prep Time

20 minutes

Rise Time

1 hour

Bake Time

25 minutes

Ingredients


  • 5 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats, lightly toasted*
  • 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) envelope Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup mild molasses
  • 1/4 cup butter OR margarine
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Directions


Combine 1-3/4 cups flour, oats, undissolved yeast and salt in a large bowl. Heat water, milk, molasses and butter until very warm (120o to 130oF). Gradually add to flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add egg, raisins, walnuts and 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.

Divide dough in half; roll each half to 12 x 7-inch rectangle. Beginning from short end, roll up tightly as for jelly roll. Pinch seams and sides to seal. Place, seam sides down, in 2 greased 8-1/2 x 4-1/2-inch loaf pans. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Bake at 400oF for 25 minutes or until done. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks.

*To toast oats: Place oats on baking sheet. Bake at 350oF for 5 minutes.