Thursday, December 30, 2010

Frugal Food Thursday: Orange-Oatmeal Bread

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Last week, I had left out my New York Times Cookbook while copying down the original recipe for what became my recipe for Whole Wheat Waffles. My youngest daughter (age 5) found the cookbook and turned the pages randomly.  "Can we make this?" she said, pointing to a recipe.

"Uh, I don't think you'll like Cabbage a la Bretonne," I said.  (Though maybe I should have just gone with it!)

So I flipped through the pages, reading out names of recipes that 1) she might like, 2) would be easy for a 5-year-old to help with, and 3) we had the ingredients for.  After many "no!" responses, I came across Orange-Oatmeal Bread.  She said that sounded yummy, so we gave it a try.

One problem: the recipe called for oranges.  Though we had tangerines in the house, they proved too small and seedy for the recipe, once I had cut one up.  I did use the fruit's zest, and substituted canned mandarin oranges from my pantry.

I also wish I had substituted some whole wheat flour for some of the white flour.  One of my goals for 2011 is to get white flour and sugar out of my diet except for special occasions.  Next time, maybe!

Orange-Oatmeal Bread (adapted from The New York Times Cookbook)

3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1-1/2 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup old-fashioned oats
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup water
2 tbsp grated orange zest

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Place mandarin oranges in a small bowl and sprinkle with 2 tbsp sugar.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder and soda, and remaining sugar.  Mix, then add oats.

Add melted butter, eggs, water, and orange rind to the mandarin oranges.  Add this set of ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until the dry ingredients are moistened.

Pour into a greased 9x5 loaf pan and bake for 55-60 minutes.  Allow to cool in pan on a cooling rack.

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Unknown December 30, 2010 at 10:09 AM  

@Heather - the original recipe called for 1 orange, peeled and thinly sliced, with each slice cut into eighths.

J Rodney December 30, 2010 at 10:05 PM  

I have the same goal for 2011. Like you I am doing mostly half and half at the moment, except for a few recipes, where it just seems wrong.

We already eat whole wheat bread and bagels only.

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Unknown December 31, 2010 at 10:11 AM  

This looks yummy! I have everything but the orange for the orange zest. I do however have lemons...think that would work?

Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

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Melissa January 4, 2011 at 7:27 AM  

That sounds fabulous! And it just so happens that we have oranges and oatmeal on hand. Perfect!

Lisa January 4, 2011 at 10:34 AM  

The bread sounds great! I'm eating some homemade orange ginger bread right now and I bet this tastes pretty similar. Must be yummy with some melted butter on top!

The Wise Alternative 918-836-0565 January 4, 2011 at 4:20 PM  

That bread sounds amazing and I'm sure it tastes even better esp. with the extra chef helping you in the kitchen....I'm hungry just thinking about it! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

Wendy January 4, 2011 at 10:00 PM  

YUM! That bread looks great! Thanks for linking up to TDT. Would love to have you stop by anytime.

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Unknown January 4, 2011 at 10:57 PM  

what a great recipe this is. we have bags and bags of oranges from my brother's tree. i am always looking for ways to use them. thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

HaleyLeann January 5, 2011 at 9:19 AM  

Sounds delicious! Thanks for linking up on Recipes I Can't Wait to Try! =)

Krystal January 5, 2011 at 6:36 PM  

that looks great! I love when my daughter looks through my cookbooks.

thanks for linking up to Saturday's Party!

-Krystal @

Nikki (Coupon Cookin) January 5, 2011 at 8:57 PM  

Wow- I've never heard of this but I'm going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

Hunger and Thirst January 6, 2011 at 3:25 PM  

That's too funny about the cabbage. Who knows? Maybe next time. This cake sounds like a lovely treat, though. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

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