The Loaves & the Fishes Oatmeal Bread & Fried Dough

Recipe by HeatherFeather
READY IN: 3hrs 40mins
YIELD: 2 loaves




  • To make the oatmeal bread:Pour boiling water over oatmeal in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add salt and a egg sized scoop of shortening or lard and stir to dissolve; set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile combine yeast in the 1/4 cup lukewarm water in a small bowl.
  • Once oat mixture has cooled, add yeast mixture and molasses.
  • Knead in enough flour to make a soft dough- amount will vary depending upon the humidity the day you make it; set aside covered, in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
  • Dump dough onto a floured surface and knead about 5-10 minutes, adding additional flour if needed prevent sticking (again- this amount will vary)- you want a smooth& elastic, dough that isn't sticky.
  • Divide into two balls and form into loaf shapes.
  • Set into greased loaf pans, cover and let rise until doubled (30-60 minutes).
  • Bake in a preheated 350 F oven for 35-40 minutes.
  • Brush tops with melted butter while still warm.
  • For Fried"Fish": Let the dough rise the first time, then punch down and chill overnight, covered.
  • Prepare a deep fryer using vegetable oil, heating oil to 370 degrees F.
  • Set dough onto a floured surface and (do not knead) roll out to 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Using a floured fish shaped cookie cutter, cut out fish shapes.
  • Tes fry a dough scrap before you begin- it will rise to the surface at once, then puff out and brown in 1 minute when oil is at proper temp.
  • Fry in small batches (don't crowd the pan), and let fried fish dry on paper towel lined plates.
  • While still warm, roll in cinnamon sugar or dust heavily with powdered sugar and serve at once.