What are old fashioned oats? Old fashioned oats have a rich history and heritage as an important ingredient in many different food preparations throughout the ages. Oatmeal is one of the oldest grains known to man. They are primarily consumed as a breakfast food, although like many other cereals and flour they can also be added to a wide range of recipes for bread, cakes and cookies.
Old Fashioned Oats are made by combining rolled oats, water, spices and raisins. Oats are known to be soaked overnight and then formed into cakes or biscuits by overnight cooking. Traditionally, they are first made from unroasted oat grooves which are then rolled and steamed under heavy rollers, before being left to dry. Then they are left to dry, whilst being baked at temperatures around 180 degrees Celsius to ensure that they stay elastic. Once they are baked they are cut into pieces and stored in airtight bags.
You will need about five cups of all purpose flour, brown sugar, dried orange rind, cinnamon, chopped dried cranberries and ginger. Make a paste with the rolled oats, baking soda, sugar, cinnamon and cranberries. Mix this thoroughly until it becomes a thick paste like consistency. You will then add in the brown sugar and baking powder and begin to mix these ingredients together.
If you are making raisin cookies, then use approximately two cups of all purpose flour, four teaspoons of dried cranberries and approximately two teaspoons of grated ginger. Then mix together the wet ingredients, while mixing in the dry ingredients one at a time. Once you have successfully combined the dry ingredients, then take your cookie cutter and break the cookies down into rounds. This should yield about thirty cookies.
To make your own raisin cookies, then you will need three tablespoons of whole raisins, three tablespoons of flour, two teaspoons of salt, and approximately one teaspoon of vanilla. Then mix together the raisins and the flour, while using your mixer to create a dough with a coarse texture. Once the dough has formed, then add in the salt and vanilla and begin to roll out the mixture. However, this time use the oatmeal grinder to cut the dough into chips approximately one quarter inch thick.
Now you are ready to make your own cookies! Preheat your oven and preheat your kitchen sink by lightly washing them. Combine the rolled oats, cranberries, cinnamon and ginger and let them sit in the sink for approximately fifteen minutes so that the flavors can permeate the flour. When this is done, then take your measuring cup and pour about half a cup of water into it and mix the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients.
Take your cookie dough and lightly dust it off. Knead the mixture until it is completely smooth and elastic. Next, take your cookie dough hook and slowly pull the dough into a rough circle. You should not be able to see any air bubbles in the dough. Spoon or poke the mixture into your preheated oven and bake on 350F for approximately ten to fifteen minutes. Once done, remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on a wire cooling rack.
The next step is to enjoy your masterpiece. Once the cookies cool, then you will be able to serve them just as they are written. If you want to make an interesting presentation, then garnish your cookies with some raisins and diced fruit slices. If you want to get fancier with your presentations, then drizzle a small amount of icing over the top before serving.