Organic Steel-Cut Oats
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Our Organic Steel-Cut Oats are high in iron, a high source of fibre, and are sodium-free. They are certified organic and non-GMO. Processed in a nut and peanut free environment with no traces of soy or dairy. Milled at an oat-only facility.
Warm Up With A World Champion Porridge
Highwood Crossing Steel-Cut Oats were Catherine Caldwell’s first choice as the main ingredient when she entered and won the Golden Spurtle Award at the World Specialty Porridge Championship in Carrbridge, Scotland in 2010. (See below for Catherine’s World Champion Award winning recipe using our organic Steel-Cut Oats.)
Steel-cut oats are de-hulled whole oat groats that are cut into small chunks with steel blades… hence “steel-cut”. Although steel-cut oats take longer to cook than rolled oats, you are rewarded with a thicker, heartier, chewier, more nuttier tasting bowl of goodness. As with porridge made with rolled oats, the variations of steel-cut oats are limited only by your creativity. Common toppings are fruit, ground flax, brown sugar, or maple syrup.
Although oats contain gliadin (a protein that contributes to the formation of gluten) we have many clients with gluten-sensitivities who are able to enjoy our oats. Our oats are milled in a dedicated, oat-only facility, meaning that our oats are free of contamination from other high gluten products such as wheat. However, we always recommend that you conduct you own trials to determine what foods are right for your specific condition and diet. You can read more about oats and gluten here.
Directions: Stir 1 cup of Steel-Cut Oats into 3 or 4 cups of boiling water. Cook and stir on low for 10 to 20 minutes. Serves 3 to 4.
Calgary writer wields weighty Golden Spurtle
WEST Magazine, Winter 2011
On October 10, 2010 World Porridge Day, chefs from around the world gathered in the Scottish Highlands town of Carrbridge, to compete in the annual Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships. (A spurtle is a specialty kitchen utensil – a stick used solely for the stirring of porridge.)
And in a major surprise to the Scots, a food writer from Alberta won the specialty division with a porridge called Canadian Cranberry Apple Crunch.
Catherine Caldwell used Organic Steel-Cut Oats made by Highwood Crossing Foods. Owners Penny and Tony Marshall couldn’t have been more thrilled. “We would like to congratulate Catherine on the well deserved victory, and thank her for the ongoing confidence that she places in our products, ” Tony told West Magazine.
Canadian Cranberry Apple Crunch – Recipe
Photo, James Ross (www.goldenspurtle.com)
1/2 cup Highwood Crossing Organic Steel-Cut Oats
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup apple compote (see recipe below)
1 1/2 tbsp apple reduction
3/4 cup candied cranberries, plus 9 more for garnish (see recipe below)
2 1/2 tbsp double (or whipping) cream
2 1/2 tbsp crème fraîche
3/4 cup oatmeal croutons, toasted (see recipe below)
3 – 4 oatmeal sticks, toasted (see recipe below)
About 1/3 cup oatmeal-crunch crumbs, toasted (see recipe below)
Place oats and water in a medium saucepan over high heat and, stirring occasionally, bring to a boil. Add salt when oats reach boiling point. Reduce heat but maintain a gentle boil, stirring to ensure oats don’t stick to bottom of the saucepan. When water is completely absorbed, in about 20 minutes, remove from heat. In the meantime, mix apple reduction, apple compote, and candied cranberries in a medium bowl. Mix in cream. Then mix in cooked oats. Lastly, mix in oatmeal croutons.
Divide among serving bowls, garnish with oatmeal-crunch sticks and crumbs and then with candied cranberries. Serves 3 – 4.
Cook’s Notes: Because time was of the essence in the competition, I soaked the oats in the water for about 45 hours in order to shorten the cooking time and make them a wee bit creamier. Most of that time they were refrigerated, but I brought them to room temperature just before the competition. To toast the oatmeal croutons, sticks, and crumbs, place in a preheated 350°F oven on a dry cookie sheet for 3 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
Roasted Apple Compote
This recipe (with a couple of minor changes) is from Chef Dwayne Ennest of Calgary’s Diner Deluxe.
3 Gala apples, cored and coarsely chopped, skin on
3 Honey Crisp apples, cored and coarsely chopped, skin on
1 tsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups apple juice
1/2 cup hard apple cider
Juice and zest of 2 lemons
1 cup demerara sugar
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Combine apples and oil in a roasting pan. Place in the preheated 400°F oven for about 15 or 20 minutes, or until apples are soft and slightly browned.
Combine remaining ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Add roasted apples and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes, or until sauce has thickened.Using a blender or potato masher, puree mixture but leave some lumps for texture.Makes about 2 – 4 cups depending on size of apples and degree to which you puree mixture.
I use the Black Currant Dessert Wine from Field Stone Fruit Wines in Strathmore, Alberta, Canada, but you can replace it with another fruity dessert wine.
300 grams (just under 3 cups) frozen cranberries
1 cup white sugar
3 tbsp black currant dessert wine
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread cranberries in 1 layer on a buttered baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with sugar, cover with foil (leaving 1 corner opened to let steam escape), and place in 350°F oven for 45 minutes. Transfer into a non-reactive, heat-proof dish and stir in dessert wine. Stir occasionally as cranberries cool, to help infuse flavours. Makes about 1 cup.
Here’s the secret to my competition recipe, which is hard to admit since I am a butter lover: I actually used the Original formula of Becel margarine in this! Neither butter nor the other versions of margarine I tried produced quite the same flavour or crunch.
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups Quick Oats, toasted
Pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Melt butter/margarine in a large saucepan. Add other ingredients in order given. Press into greased 8- by 8-inch pan and bake 20 minutes at 375°F. Top of crunch should be golden brown, but cake will be soft. One minute after removing from the oven, cut most of cake into approximately 2-inch squares and the rest into three or four sticks, approximately 3-inch by 3/4-inch in dimension. Cake will harden as it cools.
Using a good, heavy knife, cut cooled squares into 1/4-inch croutons until you have 3/4 cup to use in the Cran-Apple Crunch. Crumbs will be created as you cut the croutons.
Cook’s Notes: To toast the 2 cups of oats, put them on a dry cookie sheet in a 350°F oven for about 9 minutes. Watch carefully that they don’t burn.
|Dimensions||5 x 20 x 25 cm|
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