Oatmeal Bread

I just made a batch of this, and I shaped it into loaves, rolls, hedgehogs, and a little dinosaur.  I am loading pictures of them onto the FB account right now.

I tripled it.

I combined:
12 cups of freshly ground whole wheat flour
6 cups of sour milk
3 tablespoons of molasses
3 tablespoons of oil
2 1/2 cups of oats

In the bowl of the Bosch, and then I mixed it up and let it sit, covered for several hours.

Then I combined 4 1/2 Tablespoons of yeast with about 1/2 a cup of warm milk and let it sit for about five minutes.  I made pockets in the dough, poured the yeast mixture and mixed it up some more.  I needed to add a little extra ground flour. 

Then I shaped it into various rolls, hedgehogs, etc, ewhich you can see on FB.  I let them rise for a little over half an hour in a warm place.  I baked them at 350 degrees for thirty minutes (the rolls), longer for the hedgehogs, and longer still for the loaves.

It makes a dense dough, which makes the hedgehogs hold their shape better.  But I would eat the honey-whole wheat bread alone, and this really needs butter or nut butter, or chicken salad or something.

If you do not want to soak the wheat, here is the actual recipe:

Pour two cups of water in a mixing bowl
sprinkle 1 1/2 t. yeast over the water and let it dissolve for five minutes.
1 Tablespoons molasses
1 t. salt
1/4 milk powder (I skipped this, obviously)
3/4 rolled oats, uncooked
1 T. oil

Stir well.

Gradually add:

4 1/2 cups to 5 cups whole wheat flour

Turn onto an oiled board and knead for five to seven minutes, until dough is smooth, elastic, and not sticky.
Shape into a loaf and put in a greased single 9X 5X 2 3/4 loaf pan
brush with oil
Let rise until doubled.  Bake at 350 for 50 minutes.

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