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Oatober

Make that #Oatober….someone at Quaker Oats is pretty genius.

Could it be this guy??

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This is the first Quaker for Oats – trademarked in 1877. They’ve been working the genius marketing for a while.

And in 1891, Quaker put the first recipe on the back of the box – for Oatmeal Bread…A few years later Fannie Farmer had a Quaker Oats Bread in the Boston Cooking School Cookbook. Coincidence? I think not!

QUAKER OATS BREAD (1896)

Ingredients
2 cups boiling water.
1/2 cup molasses.
1/2 tablespoon salt.
1/2 yeast cake dissolved in
1/2 cup lukewarm water.
1 cup Quaker Rolled Oats.
4 3/4 cups flour.

Directions
Add boiling water to oats and let stand one hour; add molasses, salt, dissolved yeast cake, and flour; let rise, beat thoroughly, turn into buttered bread pans, let rise again, and bake.

By using one-half cup less flour, the dough is better suited for biscuits, but, being soft, is difficult to handle.

To make shaping of biscuits easy, take up mixture by spoonfuls, drop into plate of flour, and have palms of hands well covered with flour before attempting to shape.

The Boston Cooking School Cookbook
By Fannie Merritt Farmer (1896)pp.59-60.

This makes a pretty dense loaf…and pretty is the wrong word, too. But it makes great toast. Maryetta’s Oatmeal Bread is a lighter brighter oatmeal bread option.

My other oat adventure today was thanks to Martha Stewart.

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Martha Stewart, probably kicking herself for not coming up with Oatober.

In the September issue of Martha Stewart Living she had a tip and recipe for quick cooking steel cut oats.

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I eat oatmeal for breakfast pretty much every morning and have for years. I believe that oats truly brought my cholesterol levels down, down and fast, and frankly eating breakfast is pretty easy, pretty inexpensive and has far fewer side effects then most of those little pills…. not to mention more pleasant and easier to remember in the fog of morning. Oats are the base, the only choices I have to make are what to put in them. That choice I usually make at the market, and do the same breakie all week. Ah, blueberries and cinnamon! Oh, Parmesan and pepper!  Dropt egg and rooster sauce; cranberries and honey….The Gracious Pantry has some pretty inspired oatmeal toppings. Back to oats –

Steel cut out are nubbly and more textured then rolled outs.

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Extreme closeup of rolled oats – the roller goes over them and they get very very thin

 

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Steel cut oats – are chopped – chunky – chewy

Steel cut oats take longer to cook and are not zippy quick or mindless in the morning. I do not want to spend my dawn’s early light time at the stove stirring porridge.There’s always a slow cooker option, but then I’d be making lots, and have to repack to re-heat…not easier.

BUT

soak them the night before, and then 5-10 minutes in the pan – easy peasy! I made enough for one – so 1/4 cup of steel cut oats, 1 cup water and a pinch of salt in my littlest sauce pan and pop the lid on. It sat on the stove overnight, so was there to greet me when I put the coffee on, and after the first cup I remembered why it was there….

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This look very much like my little yellow pot, which pretty much lives on top of my stove.It’s that kind of workhorse.

After the second cup, awake and ready to rejoin the world, I brought the oats and water and the pinch of salt to a boil. I then lowered the heat to a fairly active simmer and stirred it from time to time until the water was gone and it was just oaty goodness and no longer liquid. A tooth test – firm, some give, but not hard, not little pebbles. Done. Under 10 minutes, maybe 7 or 8.

Rolled oats take 5 minutes at 50% power in the microwave. The new directions on the box say 3 minutes at 100%, but this just make them pasty. Take the 2 extra minutes!

Martha eats her oatmeal with golden raisins and currants and a slash of low fat milk. Sweet and milky are not my cup of tea. I had some butter and a little cheddar cheese.

There is a really great oatmeal muffin recipe lurking in one of my cookbooks…apples or was it apple sauce? Fortunately, I have all of Oatober ahead of me to find it.

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My Bowl of Oatmeal was not a movie…and I not on speaking terms with my breakie.

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The Cool Cookies

On this the third day of Christmas…   the cookie days of Christmas continue

Then there are a whole category of cookies that involve no baking and very little cooking. The Refrigerator Cookie.

The Cool Cookies.

I don't remember how I came to have this book, I just know that I do. And I've baked cookies from it. And have not-baked  from it. Mrs. Fields Cookie Book 100 recipes from the Kitchen of Mrs. Fields 1992 from Time-Life Books

I don’t remember how I came to have this book, I just know that I do. And I’ve baked cookies from it. And have not-baked from it.
Mrs. Fields Cookie Book
100 recipes from the Kitchen of Mrs. Fields
1992 from Time-Life Books

The Refrigerator Thumb Print cookie is a cookie I have not-baked. Raspberry jelly is the jelly that is called for, which is SUCH an ’80’s thing I may never be able to eat the chocolate/raspberry combo again.Although my sister made some raspberry jelly…..

And since the chocolate called for is in chip form, and there are so many chip options, my imagination has gone a little wild with this.

Of the chocolate chip family,  there are bags in range from 12 to 10 oz. (a few a 11 or 11.5 – honestly – 11.5??????? You can’t go to 12?) so you may need to make some minor adjustments. If I did they were so minor that I didn’t record them. Or remember them.

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Semi-sweet

choc chip dark bag

Dark – and there are lots of brands now, it’s not just Nestle

White

White

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

The secret ingredient is  QUICK OATS. Not to be confused instant or old fashioned  rolled. Oats.

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Quaker went to the round box in 1915 - how were they selling oats before that?????

Quaker went to the round box in 1915 – how were they selling oats before that????? Each answer just generates more questions.

Quaker introduce Quick Oats in 1922 - even then people were looking for a quick and easy breakfast food

Quaker introduced Quick Oats in 1922 – even then people were looking for a quick and easy breakfast food. The box hasn’t changed a lot in all that time, although Larry, the Quaker Man, had gotten an update.

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Refrigerator Cookies Suite

The Basic Chocolate  Overture

The Dark Chocolate Sonatas

The PB&J Coda

The White Chocolate Finale

 

The Basic Chocolate  (Overture)

¼ cup (half stick) butter

½ cup heavy cream

1 cup white sugar

2 cups (12 oz. bag) semi – sweet chocolate chips

1tsp vanilla extract

2 ½ cup quick (NOT Instant) oatmeal

1 cup well flavored fruit preserves (what do YOU like with chocolate? Apricot, Orange marmalade, cherry, ginger marmalade, cranberry jelly, seedless raspberry, (chocolate and raspberry is such and ‘80’s combo I don’t feel I need ever go there again…)…use what you have or get what you like!

  1. Combine butter, cream and sugar in a 2 Q saucepan. Warm over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
  2. Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips, 1 cup at a time, stirring so that they melt. Add the vanilla.
  3. Add the oats and stir until all combined. This is the dough.
  4. Shape the dough to 1” balls (I use a tablespoon) and place on a lined cookie sheet – something no-stick, like wax paper or a silicon sheet. They’re not going into the oven so it doesn’t have to be heat proof.
  5. Flatten the cookies either with the bottom of a glass or your impeccably clean fingers to be about 2” in diameter.
  6. Make a depression in the center of each cookie with your thumb (that’s why they’re called Thumbprint) – that’s where the jelly or the jam is going to go.
  7. Chill the cookies in the fridge for ½ hour or so until they’re set.
  8. Spoon ½ teaspoon of preserves/jam/ sweet stuff into each thumbprint.
  9. Try not to eat them all as you make them…finger lickin’ good!

 

The Dark Chocolate Sonatas

¼ cup (half stick) butter

½ cup heavy cream

1 cup white sugar

2 cups (10 oz. bag) dark chocolate chips

1tsp almond extract

2 cups quick (NOT Instant) oatmeal

¼ cup sweetened flake coconut

¼ cup slivered almonds

Melt, mix,drop by spoonfuls, flatten, fridge and enjoy – very much like an Almond Joy

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The PB&J Coda

¼ cup (half stick) butter

½ cup heavy cream

1 cup white sugar

2 cups (12 oz. bag) peanut butter chips

1tsp vanilla extract

2 ½ cup quick (NOT Instant) oatmeal

Grape jelly

 Melt, mix, drop, make a thumbprint, chill and add jelly.

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The White Chocolate X-Mas Finale

¼ cup (half stick) butter

½ cup heavy cream

1 cup white sugar

2 cups (12 oz. bag) white chocolate chips

1tsp vanilla extract

2 ½ cup quick (NOT Instant) oatmeal

Maraschino cherries, 1 jar

Mint jelly (the green stuff)

Melt, mix, chop the cherries and add. Drop by spoonfuls and make a thumbprint. Add the mint jelly and think of White Christmas – the song and the movie

Can't you see them all munching on these cookies after the finale?

Can’t you see them all munching on these white chocolate  cookies after the finale?

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