The gift of hospitality sometimes comes with food.
Stir together the boiling water, butter, honey, salt and rolled oats. Let cool until lukewarm. (Note. If you get impatient here, you will “kill” the yeast. Be patient!) Dissolve yeast in warm water and add to oat mixture along with the whole wheat flour. Beat well. Stir in the rest of the flour, one cup at a time, until dough is no longer sticky. Knead 10 minutes on low speed. Let rise until double and punch down. Let rise a second time and knead into loaves.
Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes. Makes two large loaves.
OPTIONS: To make a crunchy bread top, combine 1 beaten egg with 1 Tablespoon water. Brush on the tops of loaves and sprinkle with additional rolled oats. Allow loaves to rise.