Last night I attempted to make another traditional Dutch Sinterklaas treat known as Taaitaai. To cut a long story short, it was a big ginormous humongous FAIL! I had four tabs with different recipes open on my laptop, and about 10 minutes into my prep I got confused and mixed up my ingredients and measurements. Then I tried to rectify my mistake by adding in more flour. Let’s just say the results were undesirable. I have learned my lesson, and will stick to ONE recipe from now on!!
This morning, I was craving that something sweet and spiced that I never got to have last night. So I decided to whip up some baked oatmeal. When I say whip up, what I really mean is you need to give yourself at least an hour for this as it takes 40 minutes to bake in the oven. I took inspiration from two recipes, one from AllRecipes.com and the other from Once Upon A Chef, and added in a few extra ingredients of my own! Baked Oatmeal is a traditional Amish breakfast dish and is perfect for this time of the year as it’s full of delicious Autumnal spices. It is a similar consistancy to a Bread & Butter Pudding, and would make a very tasty dessert served with some custard or crème anglaise.
What You Need
3 Cups rolled oats
3/4 Cup brown sugar
2 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Nutmeg
1 Tsp Allspice
1 Tsp Salt
1 Cup Almond Milk
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
1/2 Cup melted butter (I used sunflower seed butter)
3 small apples
2 chopped bananas
1/2 Cup dried cranberries
1/2 Cup sultanas
1/2 Cup of Hazelnuts
(I stuck to American measurements toady as I didn’t feel like weighing out everything on my scales!)
1. Preheat your oven to 170C/325F.
2. Combine the oats, sugar, spices, salt, dried fruit, hazelnuts and bananas and mix well.
3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, milk, melted butter and vanilla essence.
4. Add the milk & egg mixture to the oat mixture and mix well.
5. Spread the chopped apples evenly at the bottom of your baking dish. Pour the oatmeal mixture on top and spread evenly.
6. Bake in oven for about 40 minutes, or until the top turns a golden brown.
7. Serve hot or cold. It tastes just as delicious either way.
As much as I love oatmeal (or porridge!), due to this recipe’s high sugar content, I would not recommend Baked Oatmeal for breakfast every day! However, you could always substitute the sugar for a combination of maple syrup and apple sauce! Having said that, I love oats, and oatmeal in any form is a hearty breakfast that sets you up for the day. Oats steadily release energy throughout the day making you focused, alert and leaving you feeling fuller for longer.
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
This Day Last Year: 24th November 2013 – Sunday is For…
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