Monday, February 1, 2016

Secret Recipe Club: Strawberry Maple Baked Oatmeal

It's been a while, but after taking a month off, we're back with a new edition of the Secret Recipe Club!  It's now been 2 years of my belonging to the club in which you're paired up with another blogger and you make something (in secret) from that blog.  Then we all reveal on the same Monday and see what we all made.  Fun, right?  I certainly think so.
This month, I was matched with Rachael from the lovely blog Pizza Rossa.  Rachael is an Australian in Switzerland who has been a vegetarian since she was 18.  J and I are...not...vegetarian.  But J's decision to make healthier choices when eating and my promise to cook a meatless entree every week meant that a vegetarian blog would be a boon to trying something new.
I perused a bunch of recipes, trying very hard to stay away from my old standby on a vegetarian blog, the baking.  Rachael has a bunch of lovely looking baked goods including Cinnamon Challah (or Raspberry Swirl!  So pretty!) and Lemon Macrons with Lemon-Lime Filling (but I'm still intimidated about making macrons.  Rachael has PB&J macrons too.  I totally want to try those as well!!).  I also debated entrees, and found one.  I'm actually sharing it later today as my first recipe post for #FreshTastyValentines!  But then I found this for breakfast, and I wanted to make it too.  Just as well I need 2 recipes for today.
I have made baked oatmeal a couple of times.  I'm always happy with the results and the fact that I then have breakfast for a week that you'd think I'd make it more.  When the weather is like it's been here for the past while - cold, damp, and with a wind that cuts through you, this is a welcome breakfast treat!
I present to you now from Pizza Rossa, Strawberry Maple Baked Oatmeal:

2 c rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
2 c milk
2 eggs
1 c pure maple syrup
3 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 c strawberry jam, melted (I used my own homemade jam with big strawberry pieces...YUM!)

1.  Preheat oven to 350F and butter a 8" square pan.
2.  In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, syrup and butter.  Add oats and baking powder, stirring well.  Pour into prepared pan and drizzle with melted jam.
3.  Bake oatmeal at 350F for 45 minutes, until golden.  Serve with more strawberries and milk or cream.
From Pizza Rossa

Baked oatmeal is always very loose going into the oven.  This was no exception.  It stirred together quickly.
I used my homemade strawberry jam, warmed for 30 seconds in the microwave, and then drizzled it over the batter.  The nice thing about my jam?  Big pieces of strawberry.
In 45 minutes, it was golden and done.  Ready for strawberries and vanilla Greek yogurt.

A delicious and filling breakfast.  Thanks Rachael!


  1. This looks absolutely scrumptious! Perfect choice for your assignment this month, and congrats on TWO YEARS with the group!

  2. Wow - what a fantastic way to start the day! I would love to try this. GREAT pick this month!!

  3. I've never baked oatmeal, except in cookies, and this looks so good. I will have to try it.

  4. We love baked oatmeal. I have never changed up the flavors, though - always just plain baked oatmeal with a touch of cinnamon. This looks so good, I am definitely going to have to try some variations.

  5. My husband is a huge oatmeal fan. I'll have to find out if he's ever had "baked oatmeal." Love your homemade jam too:)

  6. I didn't know you could bake oatmeal! What a wonderful idea... I've been craving oats lately. I'm doing this!

  7. Hadn't thought of adding jam to baked oatmeal, but now that's all I can think about! Wonderful SRC pick, and so glad to be in Group A with you.