Saturday, 22 August 2015

Spiced oat traybake

The mornings are staying darker longer, and we’re putting the lights on much earlier in the evening – if that doesn’t mean Autumn’s on its way then I don’t know what does!  I therefore take this as my trigger to start thinking about spices and oats and more substantial baking…in truth, my thoughts never leave such things but it’s nice to be a tiny bit seasonal if possible.

This traybake is simple to make and, next to fancier fare, could look a bit plain but that’s just how I like it.  There are very few decorated fancies that can hold a candle to something with raisins and oats in; they’re so wholesome and like eating a big hug.  If raisins aren’t your thing then replace with any other dried fruit, or be a complete maverick and use chocolate chips or even chopped ginger.  As long as you choose something dry, that won’t ooze during baking, the cake will work.

The smell of this baking will drive you wild.  I went for a cinnamon/mixed spice mix as I find cinnamon on its own can be overpoweringly dominant but, as with the fruit, mix it up to suit your tastebuds.

I think the oats and raisins mean you can get away with eating this for breakfast.  I do like a cake that is acceptable at any time of the day (ok, that’s all of them in my world, but I do try and fit in with ‘normal’ views…or at least pretend to!).  Now, you might think this photo is blurry, but I prefer to think of it as ‘how Monet would’ve viewed the cake’:

The final thing it is my duty to point out(!) is that the texture of this cake is lighter than sponge.  I know, I know, you see ‘oats’ in the title of a bake and it’s impossible not to think of flapjacks and that heavy, dense texture.  But this cake is a million miles away from that; it is unbelievably light and airy...and I say that as someone who has done their research*.

*Research = eaten three pieces in one sitting.


300ml boiling water
80g porridge oats
110g unsalted butter, at room temperature
150g dark brown soft sugar
125g caster sugar,  plus an extra 2 tablespoons to sprinkle on top
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon mixed spice
200g plain flour
70g raisins


Pour the boiling water over the oats and leave to stand for 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180C/fan oven 160C/350F/gas mark 4.

Grease a 30cm x 20cm traybake tin. (I recommend greasing or using non stick foil as this is a sticky sponge and it didn’t seem to get on well with the baking paper I stood it on to cool after baking).

Beat together the butter and both sugars until well combined – it will never go light and whippy with dark sugar.

Beat in the eggs one at a time.

Stir in the oats and vanilla, mixing well to ensure all the ingredients are combined.

In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients i.e. bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon, mixed spice and flour.

Stir the raisins into the dry mix – this will coat them and stop them clumping in the batter.

Add the dry ingredients to the oat mixture and stir well enough to combine all the ingredients.

Spoon into the prepared tin and level the surface.

Sprinkle over the extra caster sugar.

Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the mix comes out clean.

Leave to cool, in the tin, on a wire rack.

Serve in generous slices with a mug of tea.

Bask in the glory of the wonderful thing you have created.



Liz @ Teta Lizza's Kitchen said...

Hi Caked Crusader! I can literally smell the flavors of this cake off the screen! I love a non-fussy cake and the oats make it totally acceptable for breakfast! ;-) I very much enjoyed your post and will be adding this to my recipes to try file. - Liz

Choclette Blogger said...

You had me giggling pretty much all through this post - it's good to now others can be piggy sometimes too ;-)

Gloria Baker said...

Look sooo delicious :)

Gloria Baker said...

Look sooo delicious :)

Gloria Baker said...

Look sooo delicious :)

Katie said...

That looks delicious. Love the oats and spice and the thin crackly looking top. Will try this one. Maybe with dark choc chips and raisins :)

sensibilia said...

Cake you can eat for breakfast has my support!

Maggie said...

My hubby would love this bake and I might sneak some spiced rum into this recipe - would you approve CC?

The Caked Crusader said...

Hi Maggie

I would never criticise the addition of rum! Just annoyed I didn't think of it!

Stuart Vettese said...

This sounds right up my street CC - and our twin thing continues - we are going to Salzburg in October!

Angie Schneider said...

Autumn is definitely on its way...this spiced tray bake looks terrific and I love just how moist it looks.

Janine said...

What an interesting bake! It sounds incredibly tempting, and when Autumn begins I plan to give this a go.

Jean said...

I love this time of year, hanging on to summer but with the promise of autumn just around the corner.
This cake looks perfect for now!

Baking Addict said...

Love that autumn bakes are being showcases already as it's my favourite season. The texture looks great particularly with the addition of oats in it. Yum yum. I also do extensive research in the same way :)

Snowy said...

I love traybakes, and this one sounds delicious. Just right for this weather!

Rebecca Subbiah said...

this looks great lovely texture

Jo said...

Haha, eating three pieces in one sitting is my kind of research! After getting quite sunburnt today I'm not quite ready to leave summer yet but I'm always happy to eat an oaty raisin bake, regardless of season!