Herb Bread

Herb Bread
Yields 2
A bread recipe that I have been baking for many many years
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  1. 2 pkgs active dry yeast
  2. 1 cup rolled oats
  3. 2 1/2 cups boiling water
  4. About 7 cups unbleached white flour
  5. 2 tsp salt
  6. 2 tbls soft butter
  7. 1/2 cup molasses or honey
  8. 2 tsp fresh sage, cut up fine
  9. 1 tsp fresh marjoram, cut up fine
  10. 1/2 tsp dried anise seed, crushed
  11. 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  1. Let yeast stand in warm water 5 minutes. Soak rolled oats in boiling water until lukewarm, about 1/2 hr. Mix in yeast and all other ingredients including the herbs. Knead and let rise, covered in a warm place. Cut down after it has doubled in bulk. Divide into 2 well buttered bread pans. Let rise again. Put in a cold oven and turn oven to 325F. Bake about 1 hour, or until nicely brown. Butter the crust immediately upon removing from the oven. Set on a wire rack to cool. Wrap in airtight plastic bag. It will keep fresh a long time in the refrigerator. Makes delicious toast, or a sandwich.
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