I normally don’t get into “holiday recipes.” In fact, I can barely tolerate visiting my favorite sites (FoodGawker, TasteSpotting, and FindingVegan) during major holidays because I find them almost nauseating. I used to think Valentine’s Day was the worst, but now I’m starting to think St. Patrick’s Day might be. I mean, what’s with everything being dyed fluorescent green?
But alas, here I am, joining the club:
When I think of my time in Ireland, I think of soda bread. (Okay, and muesli…) For those of you who have never had authentic soda bread (not sweet, not cake-like, not made with white flour), soda bread is a wonderful treat for any time of the day. It’s best as a side with some SOUP (soup and soda bread made up about 50% of my diet during my time overseas), but it’s also lovely at breakfast. With jam or butter, it was a hearty start to the day, worlds better than a slice of toasted WonderBread.
This baked oatmeal is much different from my usual recipes because it’s significantly less sweeter. If you take a look at the recipe, you’ll notice there’s no sweetener involved. After all, it’s meant to replicate the taste of bread, and a very simple bread! I could have eaten it plain because I’m such a sucker for soda bread, but you could also top it with your favorite jam, like this:
Traditional Irish soda bread also is “cut” across the top (to let out the bad spirits, duh!), but this is very difficult to achieve on raw oatmeal batter. I continued slashing/digging the “X” throughout the baking process to achieve the look in the pictures. Was it worth it? Yes.
What you'll need:
- 1/3 cup milk of choice
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup regular rolled oats
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1/8 cup raisins
How to make it:
- Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray a single-serving ramekin with non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl, add milk and lemon juice, stir, and let sit for about five minutes. (This is a replacement for the traditional buttermilk.)
- Add in dry ingredients: oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir until combined.
- Add raisins and other optional ingredients (caraway seeds, sunflower seeds, other dried fruits like cherries, currants, and cranberries) and stir.
- Transfer to the ramekin and bake for 18-21 minutes.
Just an FYI:
You can also added 1/3 cup pureed zucchini. Reduce liquid to 1/4 cup.