dinsdag 10 december 2013

Memories: Oat Flatbread - Fail

In Sweden, there is a shortage of bakers. Or at least, there was when I lived there 21 years ago. I remember only one real shop that sold good bread in the whole of Uppsala and on a student budget there was just no way I could afford to buy there every day. And since I was not prepared to live of the white prepacked stuff that was sold in supermarkets, I resorted to baking bread myself. 
Not that I ever was great at it. Bread is by far my biggest challenge in the kitchen. But I think it was one of my Finnish friends that handed me a very basic recipe to get by. It had to do with oats, baking powder, water and some melted butter, but I cannot for the life of me remember what the quantities where and whether it had flour added or not. In any case it was just a matter of mixing everything, throwing it in the oven for 10 minutes and then eat it. Still hot, with some melting butter, preferably. They looked a little like flat pita breads and they were the cheapest way to feed yourself. Leaving more money to get drunk at parties. We were students, after all. 
So today I wanted to find out and I started with this recipe, containing nothing more than oats, baking powder, salt, some oil and hot water. It's in the oven now, but I can see that it's not going to work out like this. 
Too bad, because in my head I am already baking variations containing nuts and raisins and cinnamon, and maybe some sweetness, or grated onions, or blue cheese...

Looks like cardboard, tastes like it too

Tasted them, way to dry. There is something about the flavour of the toasted oats though...


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