Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Winter Comfort Food

Soups and stews simmering on the wood stove to serve for supper is a common thing here in these COLD months. Soups and stews are comforting and warm up our middles! Serving bread with a bowl of soup is always welcomed. We had this quick oatmeal bread with our vegetable beef soup (fast track meat from "Efficient Cooking") for supper tonight. It was VERY easy and was gobbled up. In fact I mixed up the dry ingredients in the morning so all I had to do this afternoon was add the remaining ingredients and pour the batter into the pan! SIMPLE!!! The dry ingredients could also be prepared ahead of time and packaged up for using later.....(this is a plan of mine for some Christmas baskets I am putting together). Having a few of these "mixes" ready in the pantry would make this a snap to prepare for any meal.

Quick (no yeast) Oatmeal Bread
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup molasses, honey or brown sugar
2 T oil
1 2/3 cup buttermilk or sour milk (to make sour milk put 1 TBL lemon juice or vinegar in measuring cup and then add milk to measure 1 2/3 cup)

Mix together the dry ingredients. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Pour batter into a well greased 9x5" loaf pan. Let stand for 20 minutes and then bake for 60 minutes at 325 degrees. Remove from pan while still hot. ENJOY!

We have been having unseasonably COLD weather..... I just don't want to admit winter is really here. I guess the sooner I face it the sooner we can get back to summer! LOL!! One good thing about winter is all the baking.... warms up the house and makes it smell so good.



Sandy said...

Heather, that bread sounds wonderful and comforting ♥

tammi said...

We have been/are experiencing seriously unseasonably cold weather, too ~ it's stinkin' -6F here this morning!!!!! I do love soups and stews with biscuits or fresh crusty bread. YUMM!

Anonymous said...

I'm making this bread this morning! I used blackstrap molasses, and boy, is it dark! My boys like pumpernickel, though, so it won't scare them off! :-)

I just put it in the oven about 15 minutes ago, along with some potatoes to bake for later in the week. We're headed to Upward basketball this morning, so I think the fresh bread will taste good, and give little bodies lots of energy.

Thanks for sharing the recipe!