Old Fashioned Peach Crumble Did you know that you can freeze fresh peaches whole? Yes, you read that right. Whole, pit and all, with little to no preparation. Simple rinse fresh whole peaches, wipe dry with a soft dish towel, place 6 whole peaches at …
Apple Fritter Bread Apple Fritter Bread is a recipe that I made during “apple season” and have been making ever since. I just can’t seem to get enough of this bread! It’s delicious! I first saw this recipe on Pinterest or should I say, I …
Tropical Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal
Tropical Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal is the answer to all of your oatmeal needs. Everyone knows the benefits of steel cut oats but who wants to get up an hour earlier than they have to, stand over a stove and stir oatmeal? Not me, that’s for sure. Yes, you can purchase the little packages of “instant” oatmeal and yes, they are convenient. Sometimes though, you want a meatier oatmeal, one you can sink your teeth into, so to speak.
Lets Talk Grouts
Scotch oats or steel cut oats or Irish oatmeal are all names for groats that have been cut into 2 to 3 pieces and not rolled. Steel cut oats take considerably longer to cook than rolled oats and have a nice chewy texture. Oat flour is made from grouts that have been ground into powder. Oat flour contains no gluten. For baked goods that need to rise, such as yeast breads, oat flour must be combined with a flour that does.
Oat Bran is the outer casing of the oat and is particularly high in soluble fiber, thought to be a leading contender in the fight against high cholesterol. Grouts, oat bran, flour and Scotch oats are more likely to be found in natural food stores. Fortunately for consumers that trend is changing. More and more supermarkets now have a health food section. Oats are high in vitamin B1 and contains a good amount of vitamins B2 and E.
Unlike animals who consume whole oats as fodder, humans don’t usually consume whole oats until after the oats have been cleaned, toasted, hulled and cleaned again. After this process they become oat groats. Serve oat grouts as a cereal or prepared in the same manner as rice. Use as side dish or in a dish such as a salad or stuffing. Oat grouts become regular rolled oats, also called old-fashioned oats when steamed and flattened with huge rollers.