Saturday, 7 January 2012

Oatbake with berries

Being the last day of my holidays I decided to see it out with some good old hearty baking. And what makes me happier than baking? Finnish baking! As I have previously mentioned I am in love with my Nordic Bakery Cookbook so when I stumbled across some delicious looking berries I grabbed some knowing the Nordic Bakery Cookbook would deliver. Berries of all sorts are very popular in Finnish baking, as a kid my Mum used to go and pick the berries for my grandmother whenever she was about to bake. Oh how I wish I could go skipping into the forrest with a basket to hand pick berries!

Anyhow, this is what I bought.

They're pretty special. I have not actually ever seen fresh blackberries at the grocer before and have only ever purchased the frozen ones.

The recipe I decided on from the Nordic Bakery Cookbook was oatbake with berries. In the original recipe they use blueberries and raspberries however I substituted the blueberries with blackberries. Aside from the berries I followed the recipe to the T, which I usually do when I am first trying a recipe out.

100g rolled oats
300ml hot milk
100g unsalted butter, at room temperature
60g caster sugar
50ml honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, lightly beaten
120g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 punnet blackberries
1 punnet raspberries
Icing sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 180oC and grease loaf tin.

Place oats into a bowl with hot milk and allow to sit so the oats absorb most of the milk and to cool slightly. In another bowl cream butter and sugar with a wooden spoon until fluffy and light in colour. Stir in honey and vanilla extract. Gradually add egg in portions, mixing after each addition. Sift flour and baking powder together, then fold into the butter mixture. Strain remaining fluid from oats and stir into the butter mixture. Pour combined mixture into a greased loaf tin and top with berries.

Bake for 50-60 minutes, until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Leave to rest in the tin for 10 minutes then turn onto a wire rack. Once cool dust with icing sugar, slice, serve and enjoy! 

*The Nordic Bakery Cookbook suggests adding a dollop of whipped cream or custard if that's your thing however I like it as is. The berry flavours go hand-in-hand with the oats. Ihana!


  1. Yummo! looks delightful and I love berries. Especially fresh ones.

  2. Todella nayttaa ihanalta! I must try this one and I do think it would be nice with a custard or maybe ice cream.
    I do remember when I was a little girl (that is long time ago though), I had a little basket which I had to fill with wild strawberries and blueberries from the forrest, rasberries I picked from our own yard for my mother when she was baking berry pies and that used to be every Saturday afternoon during the summer months. Those were the good old days!

  3. How delicious does that look??
    Savour these last few holiday days.

  4. why why why do you have to live so far away??
    That looks so delicious!!


  5. Anonymous8:11 pm GMT+8

    hi peggy. gorgeous photos. the slice looks amazing. happy new year to you. xo

  6. Oh my looks so delicious Peggy! I love oats! Would love to try this recipe someday! ;) Beautiful photos!

  7. Thank you lovely ladies. It sure was delicious. And might I add it went well with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.

    Sounds lovely Mum, I would love to be able to pick berries. Sweet memories for you. :) xo

  8. My mouth is watering Peggy! This looks absolutely delightful! Thanks for sharing :o) xo

    1. You're welcome Julie, I love to share the good finds! :)

    2. Hi Pegs, I want to make this for my cousin's baby shower tomorrow - is this something that can be made the day befor (and kept in air tight container or in the fridge?) or is it best served as fresh as possible?

    3. Yes you could make it the day before. I had it in an airtight container in the fridge and we were eating it days later. It gets quite firm when it is cold, so just take it out a couple of hours prior to serving to let it get to room temperature and soften. Enjoy!


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