Saturday, April 26, 2008

baked oatmeal

Thank you to those who commented in the last post about wabi-sabi. I loved that conversation.

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Shirley at work gave me this recipe. It is delicious, satisfying, and it's handy to bake it, say in the evening, and reheat it through the week. I eat mine heated, with milk poured on. But you can slice and eat it on the go. Add anything to the dry mix that suits you: favorite nuts, blueberries (I'll try them next), other fruit, seeds, wheat germ, whatever.

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Baked Oatmeal:

2 ½ cups long cooking oatmeal ("old fashioned" - not "quick oats")
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg (I leave this out)

1 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp almond extract

2 Tbsp butter – melt in pan that you will bake oatmeal in in the oven while it's preheating

Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in the other and mix together - it will be just moistened.

Bake @ 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes


Ginnie said...

You know me, Ruth: I LOVE stuff like this. Believe it or not, it reminds me of when I was 24 and in Peru with Wycliffe. My team partner, Allene, and I made our own granola back when you couldn't buy it yet (1969). We took it with us when we went to work with the Campa Pajonal indians in the foothills of the Andes. That's what this looks like. WOW. The memories!

Astrid said...

erm....erm...sounds delicious, but I am afraid we don't have those ingredients here in the Netherlands, I know what I need, I know from you stores, so you have to invite me over and than I will let you know if I like it....BTW, I will do the dishes after breakfast.....grin...

laura said...

Sounds and looks delish ... I love almond extract--must smell grreat while baking.
Thanks for mentioning in the wabi-sabi post the Japanese custom of turning a guests shoes around for them; that's a simple, retainable image to remind me of a level of thoughtfulness and selflessness to aspire to.

Ruth said...

Boots, I had no idea. I'm sure I had just heard of granola that year, I think Nancy started making it too. You've had quite a life, my dear. This is very easy to make, and since you can eat it for several days, it's worth the small effort. Maybe you could take some old fashioned oat back to AMS for Astrid. :D

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Astrid, would you please bring some Dutch banket? We could have a breakfast feast and then go out and photograph the chickens.

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Yes, Laura, just enough almond extract to be soft and nice. It does smell great, even just heating it up gives me joy. I agree about that simple gesture of turning the shoes; it's almost symbolic, could be any gesture like that.

Sandy said...

Well that looks delicious. I will have to try it sometime.


Anet said...

Ooooo, this looks so good! I can actually eat this, no wheat in it!
This is some good comfort food. I am going to give it a try. Thanks Ruth. I love to find wheat-free recipes.

Ruth said...

Sandy, it is oh so easy.

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Anet, Yay! That's great. It's totally comfort food, just perfect if you ask me.

Gwen Buchanan said...

You know, I think I'll go and mix this up and bake it right now.. I have two big bags of "Old fashioned" oatmeal in the drawer.

I'll let you know how it turns out and how it went over!! thanks!

Loring Wirbel said...

Leave out the nutmeg? If you buy whole nutmeg pods in natural-foods stores, they're naturally hallucinogenic. Of course, processed nutmeg powder has all the kickapoo joy juice squeezed out of it. And caution: effective dose and lethal dose of nutmeg is somewhat close. (John Barth wrote a short story about it, "The Touch of Nutmeg".) You might not want to try this at home in your baked oatmeal.

Loring Wirbel said...

Apologies, not John Barth, John Collier. From his short-story collection "Fancies and Goodnights."

Anet said...

Ruth, a little off subject but I just wanted to say I'm having so much fun checking out your photoblog. Fantastic Photos!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Ruth, I made it and we really like it... good warm or the next day cold...oh and we kept in the nutmeg... nice combo of flavours!! thanks, gwen

Ruth said...

Gwen, I'm glad you like it! I forgot to say that I put in a whole apple chopped up, and that made it very yummy.

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Yes, Loring, I'm not a big fan of nutmeg, it can be overdone so easily, but I might change my mind now . . . although the lethal part might keep it at bay. Geeeez!

lesleyanne said...

oooooh yummy!! i'm going to try this, maybe next time i want to make granola, i'll make this instead!! i still have some granola to eat. thank you for sharing!


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Drowsey Monkey said...

With my Scottish background I know I should love oatmeal ... but yuck. Altho I have to say, your photo makes me want some. Now that's great photography!

Ruth said...

Les, it's so easy! I think you'll get hooked.

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Is that what they call trick photography, Drowsey? I don't know what you dislike about oatmeal, but this is not squishy like normal oatmeal. It's almost like eating oatmeal cookies!