• Ingredients
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees F), divided
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  • In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Add oil, sugar, molasses, salt, wheat germ, bran and remaining warm water; mix well. Add oats, whole wheat flour and 2 cups all-purpose flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining all-purpose flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down and shape into four loaves. Place in a greased 8-in. x 4-in. x 2-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks.