Saturday, July 13, 2013

An Oatmeal Depravity

While in Europe (yes, every post for the rest of my life will probably mention my trip), we had countless wonderful breakfasts in our hotel room or at a little cafe. They were all very good, but I noticed one repeating trend: none of them had oatmeal. True, there was muesli in Switzerland, but it was mostly yogurt with a few random oats scattered throughout. It just wasn't the same.

To make up for my oatmeal depravity, I thought I would share one two three of my favorite baked oatmeal recipes with you. Enjoy!

cherry pie baked oatmeal (2)
Cherry Pie Baked Oatmeal
1 c. oatmeal
1 c. pitted cherries
¼ c. milk
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp sugar
dash of salt

Blend the cherries into a puree. Mix all the ingredients together and pour them into an oiled ramekin. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes.
cherry pie baked oatmeal (3)
Cherry pie, chocolate chip cookie, carrot cake. Does it sound like I was in a dessert mood? I actually came up with these three recipes while on a baked oatmeal kick a few weeks back. I think I consumed more oatmeal in those few days than the entire continent of Europe has in the last few years. (Especially if their only source of oatmeal is that muesli yogurt.)
chocolate chip cookie baked oatmeal (3)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Baked Oatmeal
1 cup oatmeal
½ cup applesauce
½ cup buttermilk
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 ounce chopped chocolate or chocolate chips

Mix all the ingredients together and pour them into an oiled ramekin. Bake at 350 degrees for 22 minutes.
carrot cake baked oatmeal
Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
½ cup oatmeal
1/3 cup grated carrot
1 tbsp honey
3 ounces milk
¼ cup applesauce
dash of nutmeg
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp baking powder
dash of salt
cream cheese, to top
toasted walnuts, to top

Mix all the ingredients together except for the cream cheese and walnuts. Pour them into an oiled ramekin. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Top with cream cheese and walnuts.

carrot cake baked oatmeal (5)
Don't be too concerned about my European oatmeal withdraws. They had plenty of yummy dishes to make up for the lack of oats. One of these was galettes. Not to be confused with the cake galette, Breton galettes are buckwheat crepes with savory fillings. I loved them. Later on I will post a copycat recipe for one of the crepes I had at a restaurant in France. For now you will have to deal with one of my own concoctions.

Buckwheat Crepes with Cottage Cheese, Apples, and Raisins
serves 2
¼ cup buckwheat flour
3 ounces milk
1 egg
¼ cup cottage cheese
1 small apple
2 tbsp raisins
cinnamon, to taste
Blend together the milk, egg, and flour. Preheat a nonstick pancake pan to medium heat. Coat the pan in oil and pour ½ the batter onto it. Spread out the batter thinly in a large circle. Cook both sides until done, carefully sliding a spatula underneath it to flip, and then repeat with the remaining batter. Wash and cut the apple into cubes. Top each crepe with 2 tbsp cottage cheese, apple cubes, 1 tbsp raisins, and cinnamon.
Here is a little Santa card made out of a scallop cutter and some other shapes. You really can do anything with a scallop shape.

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