Your tip on toasting the oats… OMG… won’t skip that step again… […] hard to stop eating the resulting bread
– Gordon C, FB message, 22 November 2020, 12:49
Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, to go into our roast bird, I make the quintessential dressing, using the recipe that Mum always used: Nana’s dressing recipe (actually, it’s my great grandmother’s recipe – or possibly my great great grandmother’s). Nana’s dressing recipe is of Scottish origin. Unsurprisingly, it contains oatmeal. It is NOT, however, even remotely porridgy.
In exactly the same way, Toasted Oats Bread is not even remotely porridgy. I first made toasted oats bread last November. My friend Gordon C used a recipe from Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book to make what he considered to be his “best ever bread“.
It is indeed wonderful bread! Bread made with toasted oats is beautifully lean (but not at all dry) and slightly nutty tasting; it is the perfect antidote to all the recent holiday richness.
But this time round, for the BBBabes, I thought it would be wise to actually pay attention to when to add the toasted oats to the bread dough….
Forget Boxing Day Sales! Let’s emulate Good King Wenceslas, and get back to the true origins of Boxing Day.
[T]he country gentleman stood of old, at his own gate […], and superintended the distribution of alms to the aged and the destitute. The hall, prepared for the festival of himself and his friends, was previously opened to his tenants and retainers; and the good things of the season were freely dispensed to all.
– Thomas K. Hervey, The Book of Christmas, 1888
Dagen skall åter ny, stiga ur rosig sky,
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.
(A new day will rise again / From the rosy sky, Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia.)
Here it is at last, as promised, the long long long long version:
With COVID-19 numbers rising alarmingly, cold weather setting in, and strict government orders to stay at home as our part of the province is in the Red Zone (physically distance, mandatory mask in indoor public spaces, avoid non-essential travel, no visiting any other household or allowing visitors in our home, only go out for essential reasons, such as: work – but preferably work at home, school, groceries, pharmacy, health care, outdoor exercise), we neeeeed comfort and joy. And what could be more comforting, and more joyous than sweet saffron buns? (continue reading )