Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Bread

This was great, healthy bread.  It tasted healthy, but in a good way.  This is the second time I've made it and I will definitely make it again.  Henry and I made it this morning and had it for morning tea.  It was yummy! 

Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Bread
Yields 1 loaf

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar 
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

What you do:

Combine oats, milk and raisins in bowl, cover, let stand for 20-30 minutes. 

Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Line loaf tin with parchment paper. 

Beat olive oil and sugar in small bowl until smooth.  Add eggs,  one at a time. Whisk until well incorporated, before adding the next one. Stir in yogurt and vanilla. Stir in oat mixture.  In another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Combine wet and dry ingredients.

For the topping, combine oats, cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Rub in butter with your finger tips until mixture becomes crumbly. 

Pour cake batter into prepared loaf tin. Sprinkle with topping . Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick come out clean. Let cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe Source: Anja's Food 4 Thought

Refrigerator Pizza

This is my favourite pizza.  It's called refrigerator pizza because I was looking in my refrigerator one night and this is what I had lying around.  The combination of ingredients is so tasty that I now use these toppings every time!

Refrigerator Pizza

Makes about 2 large pizzas and one little pizza

  • 500 g mushrooms sliced
  • 1 red capsicum sliced thinly  
  • 1 red onion sliced thinly 
  • 3 cups of raw spinach 
  • cherry tomatoes   
  • Grated parmesan cheese  
  • Feta cheese 
  • Grated mozzarella cheese

What you do: 

Make your pizza crust dough and bake the crust ahead of time (or use store bought).  Then preheat the oven, and pizza stone if using, to 500° (260 C) while you prepare the toppings.

Sauté the vegetables in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil while the crust bakes (I like to use garlic olive oil, but that's not essential)

Assemble the pizza as follows:
  • Drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of good quality olive oil over the pre-cooked crust.
  • Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the drizzle of olive oil. 
  • Spread the sautéed vegetables, one by one, over the pizza.  Their order doesn’t matter.  
  • To finish off the pizza and to prevent the topping from burning, crumble the feta cheese over everything and then end with the mozzarella cheese.
Place the pizza in the 500° (260 C) oven on the preheated pizza stone. If you don’t own a pizza stone, a pizza pan works just fine and doesn’t require preheating.  If you don’t have a pizza pan, use a cookie sheet.  It cooks fairly quickly, so watch it and remove when it starts to brown.