quick breads

AppleBerry Oatmeal bake recipe

Over the weekend I received a request by @Erdbeervogel from Australia on my Pinterest pin for my home-made Apple Blackberry Slice recipe on “What’s for dinner – Home Creations” board. On the Creations bar, you can click on our social media Pinterest icon for a direct link or here.

Keeping my promise to bake and write down the recipe I checked my ingredients and only had frozen strawberries, raspberries left. However, I had a last punnet of fresh cranberries waiting to be used so I substituted these instead for the filling and changed the title to AppleBerry Oatmeal Bake. My photos are not complete while doing the layering I totally forgot to shoot, but the instructions are easy to follow. Apologies for that will upload and add the missing steps with my next bake :).

It seemed more befitting since this base can be filled with any fresh and frozen berries, single or mixed (very nice, especially in the summer), the final bakes always came out right.  So I am adding the recipe for my Cranberry-Orange fruit preserve here according to the featuring photo as shown, which I cooked off the cuff. After preparation, I initially thought it would be too tart but the family and guests were nicely surprised with the end result.

Apple varieties: I used Granny Smith, Braeburn, Cox Orange (autumn harvest), Dutch Golden Reinette (goudreinet), Fuji. But having tried once with a sweet apple berry filling, let’s say it didn’t ignite any spark to repeat again. Grate the apples as last otherwise sprinkle some lemon juice to prevent discolouration.

Serving suggestions: Warm AppleBerry Oatmeal Bake by itself is a treat, for a brunch or dessert you can serve together with vanilla ice-cream, or a dollop of Greek cream (fat) yoghurt to make it special. When cooled down and firmed up nicely, the taste is even better and a light custard sauce or half-whipped cream will go down easily with the crowd.

Note: I stumbled upon the original Slices recipes in Better Homes and Gardens magazine June 2005, a quick bread recipe easy to assemble with cupboard ingredients. Have substituted and experimented with various berries and even adaptation to the flour-oat mixture by adding quinoa and flaxseed recipe variation will follow soon.


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I’ve tried making soda bread before but couldn’t get a nice end result, so I browsed around on the internet and the best tip I read with recipe was shared on a sub group befittingly named Soda bread – The Art of Bread Google+ communities. The recipe is shared from Food52 here is the link to Peggy’s authentic Irish Soda bread with raisins, the only thing I changed was adding 1 cup of raisins instead of 1½ cup but that’s per every baker’s taste.

Without a doubt this recipe is a keeper, although I had to adjust the baking time due to my oven. The secret is simple, used the members advice from the soda bread group “do not over knead” to heart. I slightly stirred and gently round shaped it in glass baking dish. It worked;-)! Had guests coming over, served it fresh from the oven with real butter but everyone enjoyed the smell and texture as it was served. Make my day (morning!)!! Assembling and just bringing it together 15 min, in a pre-heated oven 45min, my older combi-oven took a bit longer 55-60min, all-in-all you’ll have fresh baked bread within a hour 😉