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Saturday, February 11, 2012

anti-recipe #45 betty's baked oatmeal

I have never been a fan of oatmeal, I confess. A friend of mine was recently telling me how her kids eat oatmeal every day for breakfast. Outwardly I was like, wow, impressive. Inwardly I was like, ewwwww.

Its a texture thing for me I guess.

In any case. Baked oatmeal however, is another deal altogether. Perhaps the copious amounts of sugar traditionally used to make it. And yes, the texture is much more pleasant.

When I was a teenager I went on thesee crazy summer long volunteer trips all around the world. One summer one of my leaders introduced me to baked oatmeal - an easy way to cheaply feed 30 hungry teenagers. She has reentered my life (the joys of Facebook!) and happily shared her recipe.

So here it is.

1 cup oil - you can substitute with applesauce or coconut oil
2 cups sugar, white or brown - less works, but changes the texture.
4 whole eggs , beaten - I use whole eggs, but you could use enough egg whites to measure 1 cup
Beat together the above in a large mixing bowl.
Stir together the dry ingredients:
8 cups of uncooked oatmeal - You can substitute a little oat bran , raisin bran or wheat germ for part
4 tsp. baking powder
1 &1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups milk

Mix the dry into the egg oil and sugar mixture alternately with the milk.
(- Add extras at this point if you want them.You can flavor with vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg.... I throw in some chopped fresh apples, walnuts or pecans, raisins or currants, chopped dates, dried apricots, coconut , whatever sounds good and is at hand.)
Pour into a pan at least 9x13 " or two 8" pans. Bake at preheated 350 until done..30-55 minutes.This varies according to the size of your pan and how full it is, It is like baking a cake, and looks something like a coffecake when done, don't dry it out too much..
You can cut it into squares and eat it from a bowl with some warmed milk poured over it. If you have a sweet tooth try adding just a touch of brown sugar to the milk before you warm it. You may also eat this without milk as you would eat a coffeecake. This will store well if you cut it into whatever serving portions you prefer and wrap individually, then put the pieces in a ziploc freezer bag and freeze. You can pull out a piece and zap it in the microwave to thaw and warm it; or just take it along to eat on the go. As for the oatmeal, Quick oats make it more cake like, old fashioned or steel cut oats make it denser and chewier, I use whatever I have, or mix the two. It may turn out differently at different times, I don't mind that, but if you find a version that is your favorite write it down right away so you can repeat it the next times, and let me know what you come up with. God Bless you.

(Isnt she the best?)

She notes that really this is the perfect "Anti recipe" recipe. You can make it a lot of ways. To me, when I made it I wanted it a little thicker, less cakey and more custardy. My sister told me of a recipe she once saw using cooked oatmeal so, overcoming my strong dislike, I cooked some. Here is how I made it.

I should also note I am doing low gluten NO SUGAR right now, for various reasons which I shall perhaps bore you all with in another post.

6 cups oats. Cover with water, cook for five minutes or less.
Add two tablespoons raw honey. Maybe more.
Add 1/2 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup plain yogurt
Add 3 tsp of baking powder
A generous splash of vanilla
3 eggs
And some cinnamon

Stir, pour into greased 9x11 pan.

Bake at 350 until firm in the middle, maybe 30 minutes.

This was a really great texture, really an oatmeal custard, if I could I'd add 1/2 cup of brown sugar. I'd recommend you do so. I had to add maple syrup to mine to make it tastier. Eat it hot in a bowl covered in milk with a dash of cinnamon.

Seriously. YUM. My KIDS even ate it. That is saying something. And dada declared it delicious. So, baked oatmeal. The perfect anti-recipe dish. Give it a try and let me know what you come up with!

PS 45 anti-recipes??? Am I really that good? Just call me Julia from now on. HA. (That was a sarcastic joke but...I am totally improving my cooking skills by embracing this anti-recipe philosophy. And if I can do it, this should give anyone hope!)


  1. yummm! Totally going to try the honey recipe with apple chunks. Thanks!

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