This recipe yields two loaves of bread.
Prepare Primary Batter: Before mixing other ingredients make sure that you have returned the cup of batter to your starter storage container.
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3 cups Primary Batter
4-4.5 cups white flour
2 cups rolled oats, ground
2 T white sugar
2 t salt
1. Place the 3 cups of batter in a warm bowl (4 quart capacity) and stir in 1 cup of white flour. Stir in 2 T sugar.
2. Add the salt and water and stir. Add 2 cups of ground rolled oats (grind in blender) and approximately 2 more cups of white flour until the dough is too stiff to stir with a spoon.
3. Turn the dough onto a well floured bread board and knead in enough additional flour (about 1-1.5 cups) to make the dough smooth and elastic. The consistency will be a bit chunky because of the oatmeal.
4. Lightly grease the outside of the dough with shortening or spray and place in a lightly greased bowl (4 quart or larger). Cover the bowl with cloth and place in a warm, dry place (85-90 degrees) until the dough doubles in bulk (at least 2 hours, sometimes I can leave it for the majority of a day).
5. When the dough has doubled, punch it down with a closed fist to release the leavening gases and return to the same warm spot for a second rising. Let rise again for 30 minutes.
6. After second rising, turn the dough onto floured board and divide into two equal parts. Fold each part over itself and pinch the edges to seal the loaf. Place the loaves with the pinched edges down in well greased loaf pans (9x5x3). Each pan should be about half-full. Brush the tops with melted butter and place pans in warm spot to rise again for about 1.5 hours or until finger placed about one inch into the top of the loaf leaves a deep impression.
7. In a preheated 375 degree oven place the pans on the center rack and bake for approximately 35-45 minutes or until the bread shrinks away from the sides of the pans and is well browned on the tops.
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