Our Adventures In Baking ~ Gluten-Free Oat Quick Bread

This morning I made a ‘Gluten-Free Oat Quick Bread’ after reviewing a number of recipes, and modifying today’s recipe to such an extent that it didn’t resemble any of them in the end ~ and it tastes delicious! 🙂 I’ve been wanting to create a proper gluten-free sandwich bread, and this recipe I came up with today is the closest I’ve gotten to perfecting one.

While this oat quick bread won’t hold up as a proper sandwich using two slices of bread, it will do perfectly well as an open-faced sandwich eaten with a knife and fork with your choice of toppings.  For toasting, I suggest using a toaster oven instead of a toaster.  The texture and flavor is very hearty, and wonderfully full of ‘oaty goodness,’ and it didn’t pick up the specific flavors of honey and pure maple syrup I used in the recipe which surprised me.

The recipe has no eggs or sugar in it which is also surprising, and doesn’t taste ‘cake-like,’ but just as a nice hearty sandwich bread would.  It’s nicely neutral yet flavorful in taste, and I’m planning to use it for open-faced grilled cheese sandwiches, as well as, for traditional sandwiches like cold turkey sandwiches after Thanksgiving.

I cut thick slices from today’s loaf to keep them together as the crust especially can easily break away, but the slice itself holds together well if handled carefully.  I carefully wrapped the individual slices in cling film and put them into a freezer bag for freezing, and enjoyed one slice today with just a spread of butter.  Excessive handling or attempting to make a sandwich with two slices of bread definitely won’t work in this case.  So here’s the recipe I used for today’s oat quick bread:

–  Mix together in a large mixing bowl:

1 and 1/2 cups of rolled oats

1 and 1/2 cups oat flour (I made my own oat flour from pulsing rolled oats in the food processor)

1/2 cup ‘gluten-free 1 to 1 flour’ (this was all I had available for today’s recipe)

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

–  Combine together in a 2 cup measuring cup:

3 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used Canola Oil)

3 tablespoons honey

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1 and 1/4 cups milk (I used 1% milk today)

–  Add the liquids to the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl, and stir well (if the mixture is too loose add oat flour, if it’s too thick add more milk, until it’s firm enough to spoon out into a buttered loaf pan)

–  I baked mine for 30 minutes at 400 deg F, letting it cool 10 minutes afterwards in the loaf pan before turning it out onto a cooling rack – wait until entirely cool to slice

Here are a few photos of today’s efforts ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

 

439.0 Simply Mark – Show 14, Season 9, Oct 20, 2017 – Podcast

“Michael was thrilled to finally be going out to Shipwreck Island to search for Captain Grayghost’s treasure trove!”

Mark reads Ch 12 of his story Book 3 ‘Sam the Tugboat and the Legend of Shipwreck Island’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

438.0 Simply Mark – Show 36, Season 8, Oct 19, 2017 – Podcast

“Saved from certain doom, Jonathan was relieved to be back within the perceived safety of the ship’s hull, realizing that its safety was only an illusion during this terrible storm.”

Mark reads Ch 4, Pt 6 of his story ‘Jonathan’s Wish (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

437.0 Simply Mark – Show 13, Season 9, Oct 18, 2017 – Podcast

“Michael told them all while gathered on Sam’s bridge the entire story of how he was captured by Captain Grayghost’s pirates, and how Sam and his friends had rescued him!”

Mark reads Ch 11 of his story ‘Sam the Tugboat and the Legend of Shipwreck Island’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Cooking ~ Gluten-Free Apple Oat Cakes

I wanted to create a simple recipe for ‘Gluten-Free Apple Oat Cakes’ without all the fuss and bother some recipes go to, in order to have a tasty breakfast or lunch treat that’s fast and easy to make.  The flavors of apples and oats are deliciously perfect together at any time of the year, especially in the fall with a sprinkling of cinnamon, so that’s the flavor combination I was going for.

I make my own oat flour by pulsing rolled oats in the food processor, which isn’t nearly as pure-ground as the store bought version, but it works well for me as I like the rustic consistency.  Oats soak up lots of moisture, so I made sure my recipe would provide a consistency that was neither too thick, or too thin ~ just right.  So here’s the simple recipe I came up with:

– Combine 1/4 cup of oat flour, with 1/2 cup of applesauce, a pinch of salt if desired, and a sprinkling of cinnamon ~ that’s it

Melt a pat of butter in a frying pan over medium heat, and then cook these apple oat cakes as you would pancakes.  My batter made 3 medium apple oat cakes, and I served them with butter and pure maple syrup ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

436.0 Simply Mark – Show 35, Season 8, Oct 17, 2017 – Podcast

“The idea of escaping from the Island Fortress of Tyull only to be captured by pirates in the doldrums of the Endless Eastern Sea, shocked Jonathan more than he was willing to admit.”

Mark reads Ch 4, Pt 5 of his story ‘Jonathan’s Wish (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

435.0 Simply Mark – Show 12, Season 9, Oct 16, 2017 – Podcast

“Treasure can make men and ghosts go mad over it, you know – I hope that doesn’t happen to you someday.”

Mark reads Ch 10 of his story ‘Sam the Tugboat and the Legend of Shipwreck Island’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

434.0 Simply Mark – Show 34, Season 8, Oct 13, 2017 – Podcast

“No one has ever known of a land mass existing out here in the Endless Eastern Sea, and because of that, we’re on a one-way voyage to nowhere.”

Mark reads Ch 4, Pt 4 of his story Book 3 ‘Jonathan’s Wish (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

433.0 Simply Mark – Show 11, Season 9, Oct 12, 2017 – Podcast

“After all, who had ever rescued a young boy from ghost pirates on a ghost pirate ship?”

Mark reads Ch 9 of his story Book 3 ‘Sam the Tugboat and the Legend of Shipwreck Island’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

432.0 Simply Mark – Show 33, Season 8, Oct 11, 2017 – Podcast

“It’s a graveyard of sailing ships from which there is no escape.”

Mark reads Ch 4, Pt 3 of his story Book 3 ‘Jonathan’s Wish (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂