Friar’s Bakehouse’s Irish Oatmeal Bread 

1 cup thick steel cut oats
2 cups boiling water
cup warm water
1 package dry yeast
cup molasses
cup clover honey
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons salt
5 (+ or -) bread flour

1.Put oats in a large bowl and cover with 2 cups boiling water. Let stand at least 15 minutes.
2.Dissolve yeast in cup warm water. Let stand 5 minutes.
3.Add molasses, honey and melted butter to water/yeast mixture. Let stand another 5 minutes.
4.Feel oats in large bowl to make sure they’re not too hot (should feel lukewarm).
5.Mix salt with 5 cups of flour and place on top of oats.
6.Add water mixture and mix until a dough forms.
7.When dough cleans the side of the bowl, turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead well.
8. Place dough into a greased bowl, cover and let rise until double in bulk.
9.Punch down and shape into 2 equal loaves.
10.Place into greased loaf pans, egg wash the top of each loaf and sprinkle with more oats.
11.Let rise until doubled again, then bake at 375 for approximately 45 minutes or until crust is nicely browned and loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

***Makes 2 loaves***