Oatmeal Bread - Havrenelsbrød

Makes 4 loaves

Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water.

To the boiled milk add the oatmeal and the butter and let stand 30 minutes. Add the molasses and beat well. Add yeast mixture.

Add 10 cups of flour sifted with salt to make a soft dough. If the dough seems too soft, add a little more flour.

Turn it out on a lightly floured board and knead the dough until smooth, about 10 or 12 minutes.

Place the dough in a greased bowl and let it rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 2 hours, or until an impression remains when you press a finger deep into the dough.

Place on a floured board and let rise for 10 minutes. Divide dough into 4 parts and form into loaves. Flatten each loaf with your hands until the dough is as long as your bread pans and twice as wide. Fold from both sides to the center and place loaves in greased pans to rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Brush the tops of the loaves with soft butter and sprinkle with dry oatmeal. Bake 40 or 50 minutes in a preheated 400° oven. Remove from pans at once and allow to cool.