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Bready or Not Original: Scottish Oatcakes

Posted by on Jul 1, 2020 in Blog, Bready or Not, cheese galore, cracker, gluten-free, healthier | 0 comments

These Scottish Oatcakes are like a thick, wholesome, chewy cracker, and they are the perfect platform for cheese and charcuterie.

Bready or Not Original: Scottish Oatcakes

When I was on my UK trip last year, I made a pilgrimage to the Victoria Street location of I.J. Mellis Cheesemongers. Oh, bliss! I bought stuff for a personal picnic: cheeses I could never find in America, plus port chutney and Scottish oatcakes.

Bready or Not Original: Scottish Oatcakes

I loved everything. The oatcakes, basic as they were, really impressed me. They were oaty and fresh with a tiny hint of salt, and were ideal platforms for the cheese and chutney.

Upon getting home, I found no acceptable imported options for oatcakes, so I resolved to make them myself. I didn’t want to use processed flour or sugar. In the end, I ended up finagling my own recipe.

Bready or Not Original: Scottish Oatcakes

These oatcakes are basic and wholesome, and delicious in their simplicity. Get the consistency right, and these oatcakes are durable enough to handle smears of a soft-ripened cheese or cream cheese, and won’t crumble when you bite in.

Bready or Not Original: Scottish Oatcakes

Store these oatcakes for days at room temperature, or freeze them for ages. By ages, I mean as long as six months. That’s right, I forget I had some tucked in my freezer, and lo and behold they were fine half a year later.

Bready or Not Original: Scottish Oatcakes

Pair oatcakes with cheese, sausage, and mayhap a nip of scotch.

Bready or Not Original: Scottish Oatcakes

These easy-to-make oatcakes act as wholesome platforms for cheese and charcuterie. If you need gluten-free food, use GF old-fashioned oats. Makes about 20 oatcakes using a 2.5-inch cutter.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Scottish
Keyword: cheese, cracker
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • food processor
  • large cookie sheet
  • cookie cutter

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup hot water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 375-degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place oats in a food processor and chop on HIGH for about 15 seconds, long enough to make them slightly less coarse.
  • Melt butter in a large bowl. Pour oats into the bowl. Stir to coat. Sprinkle salt over the top, then pour in water. Stir again to form a stiff dough that is just cohesive. If the mix won't come together, add more water in small increments.
  • Sprinkle flour (gluten-free flour, if necessary) on an even stretch of counter. Use palms of hands or a rolling pins to press oats into a flat, cohesive layer. Note that the oatcakes will not expand or grow when baking. Use a round cookie cutter to slice into discs.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Use a spatula to gently flip them over. Bake for another 7 to 10 minutes. Let cool, then pack into sealed container.
  • Store at room temperature. Oatcakes can also be frozen, with wax paper or parchment between the layers, for as long as six months, and thaw quickly.

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    Posted by on Jun 29, 2020 in Blog, book blog, others books, red dust collection | 0 comments

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    Bready or Not Original: Apple Cinnamon Loaf Cake

    Posted by on Jun 24, 2020 in apples, Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cake, quick bread | 0 comments

    This Apple Cinnamon Loaf Cake is tender and delicious, perfect for breakfast, snack, or dessert.

    Bready or Not Original: Apple Cinnamon Loaf Cake

    This loaf cake is a lot like my small casserole-sized Easy Apple Cinnamon Cake. If you like one, you’ll like the other!

    Bready or Not Original: Apple Cinnamon Loaf Cake

    My husband, see, looooves apple pie and apple cake. Apples in baked goods, period. And yes, he loved this loaf cake.

    Bready or Not Original: Apple Cinnamon Loaf Cake

    One of the great things about this recipe is that this loaf kept for about a week, all wrapped up and stored in a safe place at room temperature.

    Bready or Not Original: Apple Cinnamon Loaf Cake

    (In my house, that means tucked inside my stainless steel breadbox, as otherwise my cats would tear their way inside the plastic wrap. Because my cats are weird.)

     

    Bready or Not Original: Apple Cinnamon Loaf Cake

    This tender, moist loaf cake is packed with spiced apple chunks. It's perfect for breakfast, snack, or dessert, and the loaf keeps well wrapped-up at room temperature for about a week. It can also be frozen.
    Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: apple, cake, loaf cake
    Author: Beth Cato

    Equipment

    • 9x5 loaf pan

    Ingredients

    • 2 medium apples such as Gala, peeled, cored, and chopped
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 2/3 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 cup applesauce
    • 2 large eggs room temperature
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoons salt
    • 1/2 cup milk or half & half

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Cut parchment paper to fit long-ways in a loaf pan, sticking up on either side as a sling. Apply nonstick spray into pan, place paper, then spray again. Set aside.
    • Prepare apples. Add brown sugar and cinnamon to bowl and toss with chopped apples to coat.
    • In a big bowl, mix white sugar and applesauce until smooth and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, then the vanilla extract.
    • In another small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually stir this into the egg mixture, followed by the milk.
    • Spoon about half of the batter into the prepared pan. Layer about half of the apples on top. Scoop the remaining batter over it, and add the rest of the apples. Pat them into the top.
    • Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick stuck into the middle emerges clean.
    • Use parchment sling to immediately lift loaf onto a rack to completely cool. Once the loaf is at room temperature, shroud in plastic wrap and store at room temperature--or freeze all or part of loaf for later.

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      Bready or Not Original: Golden Syrup Snack Cake

      Posted by on Jun 17, 2020 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, british, bundt, cake, lemon | 0 comments

      Golden Syrup Snack Cake! This delicious, sticky, sweet-but-not-too-sweet cake delivers a taste of the UK wherever you may live.

      Bready or Not Original: Golden Syrup Snack Cake

      I see golden syrup all the time in British recipes. I debated trying those recipes, but wondered if I could finagle some kind of American equivalent to golden syrup. Nope.

      Bready or Not Original: Golden Syrup Snack Cake

      Accept no substitutes. Golden syrup is kinda between honey and maple syrup, but has its own unique kind of sweetness. The good news is, if you’re in America, it can be found on the shelf in grocery stores. I live in the boonies on the far western fringe of Phoenix, and I can even find it here… though it is kind of expensive.

      Bready or Not Original: Golden Syrup Snack Cake

      The grocery gods did smile upon me, though. I scored TWO bottles of Lyle’s Golden Syrup for half off in the clearance area. I actually squealed out loud.

      Bready or Not Original: Golden Syrup Snack Cake

      This cake has a soft, tender crumb that is gently sweet throughout. The glaze of extra syrup brushed on top adds a perfect finish. This is the perfect treat to serve up for a binge-watch of British telly!

      Bready or Not Original: Golden Syrup Snack Cake

      Recipe heavily modified and converted in measurement from a recipe found at the BBC.

       

      Bready or Not Original: Golden Syrup Snack Cake

      Golden Syrup originates in the United Kingdom and can be found in American supermarkets on the international aisle. Accept no substitutes; it has a unique sweet taste.
      Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
      Cuisine: British
      Keyword: cake, golden syrup
      Author: Beth Cato

      Equipment

      • 8x8 or 9x9 pan

      Ingredients

      Cake

      • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cube
      • 1/2 cup turbinado or other raw sugar
      • 3/4 cup golden syrup such as Lyle's, but not the squeeze bottle version
      • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
      • 1 large egg
      • 2 teaspoon baking powder
      • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
      • 1/4 teaspoon salt
      • 2/3 cup milk or half & half

      Glaze

      • 2 Tablespoons golden syrup

      Instructions

      • In a large pot, heat butter, golden syrup, and turbinado sugar until melted and combined. Set aside to cool.
      • Preheat oven at 325-degrees. Line an 8x8 or 9x9-square cake pan with foil and apply nonstick spray or butter.
      • In a bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. Mix with the contents of the large pot.
      • Into this pot, add the baking powder, ground ginger, and salt, followed by the flour. Pour into the prepared pan.
      • Bake for 40 to 50 mins, until the middle passes the toothpick test. Measure the golden syrup for glazing into a bowl and brush it atop the warm cake.
      • Let cool at least 20 minutes before slicing. Store covered by foil or sliced up in a sealed container at room temperature.

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        Posted by on Jun 16, 2020 in anthology:story, Blog | 0 comments

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        Bready or Not Original: Blueberry Crumble Bars

        Posted by on Jun 10, 2020 in Blog, blondies, blueberry, Bready or Not, breakfast | 0 comments

        Nothing says summer to me quite like blueberry bars, and this version has a delectable crumb topping and loads of blueberries!

        Bready or Not Original: Blueberry Crumble Bars

        This is really the best kind of fruit and shortbread combo. The bottom and top acquire a buttery crispness as they bake, the perfect contrast for the oozy, sweet berries.

        Bready or Not Original: Blueberry Crumble Bars

        I am frustrated when recipes only list blueberries by cup measurement, which is useless when I’m in the grocery store trying to figure out how much to buy in pints or ounces. I can say that 4 cups or 20 ounces is what you need for this recipe.

        Bready or Not Original: Blueberry Crumble Bars

        Be careful at the final stage when it’s time to slice into bars. The blueberries can stick to the foil quite a bit. Therefore, be sure to generously grease the pan prior to baking, and gently pry the foil away when ready to slice.

        Bready or Not Original: Blueberry Crumble Bars

        The recipe makes a full 9×13 pan, so be sure you have a lot of people present to eat them. These would be very dangerous treats to keep around when home alone, just sayin’.

        Bready or Not Original: Blueberry Crumble Bars

         

        Bready or Not Original: Blueberry Crumble Bars

        This recipe makes a 9x13 pan full of delicious bars! The buttery shortbread-like crust is perfectly paired with a generous layer of oozy blueberries.
        Course: Dessert, Snack
        Keyword: bars, blueberries, shortbread
        Author: Beth Cato

        Ingredients

        • 3 cups all-purpose flour
        • 1 cup white sugar divided
        • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
        • 1 teaspoon baking powder
        • 1/4 teaspoon salt
        • pinch ground cinnamon
        • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks, room temperature
        • 1 egg
        • 3 teaspoons cornstarch
        • 4 cups fresh blueberries 20 ounces

        Instructions

        • Preheat oven at 375-degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and apply nonstick spray. Wash the blueberries and remove any stems or smashed berries, then gently blot dry with a towel.
        • In a big bowl, mix together the flour, 1/2 cup white sugar, the brown sugar, and baking powder. Add the salt and cinnamon. Add the butter and mix until it forms crumbly dough.
        • Pat about 2/3 of the dough into the prepared pan. A piece of waxed paper and a heavy glass will help compress it into an even layer.
        • In another bowl, stir together the remaining 1/2 cup white sugar and cornstarch. Gently stir the blueberries to coat. Sprinkle the blueberries over the bottom crust, then crumble the remaining dough evenly over the top.
        • Bake for 45 minutes, but check at the 30 minute point. If it's looking golden on top, cover it with foil then continue to bake.
        • Cool at room temperature, then chill in fridge to make it even more cohesive to cut. Use the foil to lift the contents onto a cutting board. Carefully peel back the foil from the edges; a knife might help to hold the bars in place if the blueberry layer is being especially sticky.
        • Slice into bars. Store in a sealed container in the fridge, with waxed paper between the stacked layers.

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