Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Baked Oatmeal

Lancaster County has many dishes that you don't find elsewhere in the US. PA Dutch cooking is an odd blend of old world German and new word colonial. Corn, used for cattle only in Germany till recently, is a staple in the PA Dutch kitchen. Simple foods, prepared well and savored with friends and family. That would about sum up PA Dutch cooking.
Baked oatmeal is one of those old time dishes that we prepare for breakfast. I am amazed at the overwhelmingly positive reaction to this basic simple dish that is packed with flavor and healthy. It also works well for gluten free diets. To the basic recipe we often add left over honey steamed apples, peaches, sour cherries, blueberries, or just about any fruit that bakes well. I have even mixed in mangos and pineapple.
This holds well in the refrigerator after it has been baked and warms well in the microwave for a quick filling breakfast that kids will enjoy before school.

Baked Oatmeal

1/4 cup cooking oil (I have even used light olive oil)
1/2 cup brown or raw sugar (or 1/3 cup honey)
1 egg
1 1/2 cup quick oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk

Cream oil, sugar and egg together
Add all other ingredients and mix
Pour into an 8 inch square cake pan, greased
Bake 350F for 30 min.
Serve with milk

Variations:
1. Add 1/4 cup golden raisins, 1/4 cup nuts and 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2. Line the bottom of the pan with sliced apples
3. Serve with fresh strawberries, blueberries or peaches.