This month for the Improv Cooking Challenge hosted by Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker, Kristin gave us the items of raisin and oatmeal. While most people I know will fix bread, cookies, and muffins — I wanted to fix something a little different, so I decided to create Apple Oatmeal and Raisin Breakfast Bars.
- 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
- 1 cup all-purpose white flour
- ⅔ cup packed light brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup canola oil
- ½ cup raisins
- 1 cup of chopped apples
- 3 tablespoons apple juice
- 1 cup apple preserves
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Coat an 9-by-13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
- Work together oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and baking soda with your fingertips in a large bowl until no lumps of brown sugar remain. Drizzle oil and fruit juice over the oats and mix in with your fingertips until evenly moistened and crumbly.
- Set aside ½ cup for the topping; press the remainder evenly in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Spread apricot preserves over the top. Sprinkle on raisins, apples, and the reserved oat topping.
- Bake until golden, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool in the baking dish on a rack. Cut into 15 bars. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
So– what could you make with oatmeal and raisins?
This weekend, I had my very first try of the Pioneer Woman’s Egg in a Hole recipe. I am usually not an egg person per-say, but this recipe was DA BOMB!
The bread was crusty and buttery, and the egg did not even taste like an egg at all. The juicy yellow was just scrumptious with each tantalizing bite!
You should try it. In fact, you should try it today! Enjoy!
- 1 slice Of Your Favorite Kind Of Bread
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 1 whole Egg
- Salt To Taste
- Pepper To Taste
With a biscuit cutter or the rim of a glass, press a hole in the center of the slice of bread.
Next, heat a skillet over medium-low heat and melt a Tablespoon of butter in it. When the butter is all spread out, place the piece of bread in the skillet and crack the egg straight into the center of hole.
Cook for at least 30 seconds or so before attempting to move the bread or things could get messy. Sprinkle the egg with salt and pepper to taste. After about a minute, flip it over with a spatula and salt and pepper the other side.
Now move the whole piece of toast around the skillet, soaking up all of the glorious butter. Let it cook until the yolk feels, to the touch, still soft without feeling over-jiggly. Here’s the key: golden brown toast, white (not brown/burned) whites, soft unbroken yolk.
I am so excited about my waffle maker that I found! I got it at the flea market for only $4.00 and it has been the best purchase so far.It’s the old timer kind with the old but good chord that has the on an off switch built into it and a heat indicator on the top.
The other morning I pulled it out for its first official use in the Sikora household. I did NOT pay attention to directions and this was what my first attempt at waffles looked like:
But then, I decided to heed the advice of the directions and I began to FINALLY get waffles that were beginning to actually look like waffles!
So basically, FOLLOW directions when it comes to making homemade waffles! Here’s the recipe. Hope you enjoy! That WORKS FOR ME!
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 3/4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat waffle iron. Beat eggs in large bowl with hand beater until fluffy. Beat in flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla, just until smooth.
- Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour mix (1/2 cup at a time) onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown. Serve hot.
I had my first trial run of cinnamon french toast this past week and I must say I am quite impressed with the results. Everyone thought it tasted divine! Just goes to show I don’t have to buy it from the store!
I used my loaf of homemade bread and it turned out SO good! Here is the recipe. Enjoy!
- 1 egg
- 2 egg whites
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- dash nutmeg
- 8 slices French bread, sliced on diagonal
In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and egg white until foamy. Whisk in milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Have warming drawer heated or heat oven to 200°.
Heat butter in heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Dip 4 slices of bread in the egg mixture, turning to coat thoroughly. Let excess drip back into bowl.
Place coated bread slices in hot skillet. Cook, turning, until both sides are nicely browned, about 2 minutes each side.
Transfer to a warm plate and keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining bread and egg mixture. To serve, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, if desired. Serve with maple syrup and powdered sugar
I tried something new last week when I fixed homemade pancakes. I decided to add chocolate powder to the batter and then add syrup as well–chocolate syrup instead of pancake syrup. My kids said that these pancakes ROCKED! My pancake recipe comes from the Hillbilly Housewife website and it is really delicious without the chocolate!
- 1 cup milk
- 1 medium egg
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Mix together milk, egg, oil and sugar. Beat well with a fork or wire whisk. Add thesalt, baking powder and flour. Beat again, mixing until the batter issmooth. Cook on a hot, well oiled griddle or skillet. I use about 1/4cup of batter per pancake. I heat up my iron skillet over medium-highheat, and melt a spoonful of margarine or bacon grease in it. When thefat is almost smoking, I drop in about 1/4 cup of batter. Sometimes Icook two at a time, in the same pan. The pancake will settle down andcook. As it cooks, little bubbles will form around the edges of thepancake. The top will begin to dry out a little too. When the top isbeginning to dry out, and the surface has plenty of bubbles on it, turnthe pancake and cook the other side. Brown it well, and lay it in aplate. Repeat until all of the batter is used up (taken from the Hillbilly Housewife website with permission)
I remember as a child eating this toast at my sister’s house. I have been after her for years to give me the recipe which she finally found!
Melt 1/2 stick butter, 1 tablespoon of cocoa, and 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of sugar together. Boil for a minute until it has reduced a little bit.
Spread on your bread and then place bread under the broiler until edges have browned.
My kids got their first taste of this yesterday and they were in heaven!