Really this version of Scottish Oatmeal Cake is not a cake at all but, rather, leftover oats formed into a loaf pan, refrigerated and sliced for breakfast the next day. Seriously dressed up, this oatmeal is suitable for guests yet easy enough for a quick weekday breakfast that will fill you up with heart-friendly soluble fibers that will keep you going strong well into the day.
3 cups of uncooked old fashioned oats*
3 cups water
2 cups almond milk (or lowfat milk or water)
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup dried cranberries
Turbinado (raw) sugar (approximately 1/4 cup), can substitute regular, granulated sugar
To serve, optional:
fresh fruits, raw or toasted nuts, crème fraiche, maple syrup
* Note: Steel cut oats are a really great treat to use instead of rolled oats, but you will need to increase cooking time per package instructions.
1 - One day before, place oatmeal into a pan with water, almond milk, cinnamon, molasses and salt. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low, and continue to cook for about 7 to 10 minutes or until all liquid has been absorbed. Stir in cranberries.
2 - While oatmeal is cooking, line a loaf pan with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, draping over all sides so that entire "loaf" may be easily pulled out later.
3 - Pour oatmeal into prepared loaf pan. Cover and place in refrigerator overnight.
4 - In the morning, cover a jelly roll pan with heavy aluminum foil. Set aside. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 300 degrees farenheit.
5 - Remove cover from oatmeal loaf and, using the overhang of foil or wrap, pull entire loaf out of pan and place onto a cutting board.
6 - Pull sides down and cut loaf into 10 equal slices.
7 - Spread slices out onto prepared pan, and sprinkle 1-2 teaspoon of brown sugar onto the top of each slice and place pan onto middle rack in preheated oven.
8 - Heat cake slices for approximately ten minutes or until heated through. When they've been heated through, turn on broiler and allow to cook for about thirty seconds to a minute more or until sugar has melted and is beginning to caramelize (this can also be done with a kitchen torch instead of the broiler).
9 - Sprinkle with chopped walnuts or pecan pieces.
10 - Serve with fresh fruit and creme fraiche.
Nutritional info per 1/10 of loaf, including walnuts:
* Nutritional info created using ingredient compilation program and is deemed close but not exact.