Sunday, 6 November 2011

Amish baked oatmeal

I can't remember where I first came across this idea, but it captivated me right away. 

Amish baked oatmeal

Baked oats and fruit - a sort of solid, fruity, spicy porridge.  Eaten for breakfast, but with echoes of pudding.  All the recipes I found for it are American, and most refer to it as Amish oatmeal. So the recipe has an old fashioned, healthy German-Swiss heritage to it, which really appeals to me.

Amish baked oatmeal

Oats are mixed with eggs, milk, a little sugar and loads of fruit and then baked in a pie dish the oven.  My final recipe below is an amalgamation of loads of different ones I found online.  I reduced the sugar content to a fraction of the American versions, because I really don't like my food very sweet, and I upped the fruit content to compensate.

Amish baked oatmeal

The whole family adore this, and what should feed about six people disappears between the four of us in about ten minutes flat.  G, C and I like ours with natural yogurt on top and O likes hers plain.  Yesterday both G and O had third helpings.

All gone

Amish baked oatmeal

Dry ingredients:
  • 3 cups porridge oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice 
  • 1 cup chopped fruit or berries (I used blueberries)
Wet ingredients:
  • 1 cup stewed fruit (I used apple)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g butter, melted or vegetable oil
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a big mixing bowl.  Stir all the wet ingredients together in a large jug.  Pour the wet into the dry and mix together until thoroughly combined.  Pour into a large pie dish and bake in the centre of the oven at Gas 4 for 50 minutes to 1 hour.  Check that it is done as you would for a cake: poke the middle with a cocktail stick and make sure that there is no wet mixture left.

This is so easy to make that you could mix it all up while you are half-asleep and then go back to bed with a cup of tea and the new copy of Mollie Makes while it cooks.  For instance.  The smell while it cooks will drive you crazy with desire, and eventually force you out of bed and downstairs so that you can eat great, greedy bowlfuls of it for breakfast, washed down with another cup of tea.

I mean really.  What's not to like about winter when you've got this to get you going in the morning?

Amish baked oatmeal

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This would be amazing with any combination of fruit.  I've seen many different permutations online:

  • stewed rhubarb and chopped apple, with ground ginger in place of the cinnamon
  • stewed blueberries and chopped peaches
  • stewed apple and mixed frozen berries (no need to defrost them first)
  • stewed plums and chopped apples
  • stewed apple and chopped pears
You get the picture.

21 comments:

  1. That sounds amazing!! And was that a shiny new slow cooked I caught a glimpse of in the back ground.....? :o) xx

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  2. I will be making this. It sounds utterly delicious, warming and comforting. Thankyou!

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  3. I get the picture alright and this sounds utterly gorgeous. The problem is, my kids are gluten/grain free .. must seek out an alternative (or scoff on the quiet)!

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  4. It looks wonderful, the perfect winter breakfast.

    A lot of American breakfast dishes seem like puddings. I was trying to unfathom 'overnight baked French toast' and discovered it was simply good old bread and butter pudding.

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  5. Looks yummy! Will have to try this soon.

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  6. I really need to make this! I usually have a bowl of porridge made with water with some raisins sprinkled over. I think I will make this without the added sugar. Thanks for sharing Nancy!

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  7. Yummy! I shall be making a note of this! x

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  8. Looks very delicious. Is a stewed apple the same as apple sauce?

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  9. That sounds absolutely delicious - and sadly not on my pesky diet :o( How I wish I could eat whatever I want! Lucy x

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  10. Looks and sounds delicious - not just for winter but for a Sydney summer (when it's not too steamy)! I can't wait to try it. I think you'd like my "warm your heart" crumble, perhaps with less sugar than my recipe though.

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  11. made this for breakfast using defrosted mixed berries for speed-kids couldn'nt believe it and had to have it with custard! yum! great for a cold foggy morning.

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  12. That sounds delicious. I grudgingly choke down porridge becuase it's good for me, but that looks far more appealing. Yum.

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  13. Makes my porridge look so boring. Will have to try it out.

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  14. Ooh, that sounds so amazing! Does it keep? Wonder if we could make a big batch to last a couple of days... Assuming everyone doesn't scoff it immediately, of course.

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  15. Now I often see recipes online and say 'oh, I'll try that' but then don't, this however will be on the menu at the weekend ... it looks and sounds delish, thanks so much for sharing :D

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  16. I am not a porridge fan at all but this looks nice- I shall give it a go (but not when Mr TH is around as I'm always pulling faces at his morning porridge habit!)

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  17. Yum Yum! As I write, I am eating the left-overs from breakfast!! Saw your recipe and thought pudding for breakfast? Bring it on. Myself and my 6 year-old scoffed (nearly) the lot this morning, although I did half the quantity. WELL worth getting up early for!! Thank you!

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  18. That really does sound amazingly good.

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  19. Sounds perfect and I don't even like porridge! Do you buy your Molly Makes near home - its new to me and I want a copy NOW!

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