Mrs. Claus' Cookbook - Grand's Brown Bread

Grand's Brown Bread

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From the kitchen of Ronnie Goddard

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Recipe Details

Bake Time:
30 minutes
Tags: Dairy‑free, Good for parties/potlucks, Kid friendly, Travels well


3 cups boiling water
1 cup lukewarm water
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup shortening
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 cup molasses
1 cup rolled oats
9 to 9 1/2 cups flour


  1. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Add sugar and yeast to lukewarm warm water and let raise for 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, add the shortening, molasses, and rolled oats to the boiling water.

  4. Add yeast mixture.  Mix in flour, one cup at a time.

  5. Roll out on to a floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes.

  6. Put dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour.

  7. Punch down raised dough and cut it into 4 equal portions.

  8. Place each piece in a greased bread pan.

  9. Cover and let it rise 3/4 -1 hour.

  10. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.


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MajikAuntieM says:

17 November 2017: I've made this a couple times, many years ago. Every time I made it, it disappeared almost as fast as it came out of the oven. Once, I took it to work with me and one co-worker basically ate a whole loaf by herself with some honey. This made a couple loaves, so this was okay. The other co-workers also raved about it, but not as much as she did. I hope this helps you decide that this is worth the time and effort to make, PLUS your home will smell delicious!!!

11/18/2017 2:24:59 AM

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