An ancient grain that has found a new lease of life in the last few years, oats are enjoying a renaissance and have definitely been having a moment across social media and kitchens across the land.
With this special grain’s versatility and health benefits being milked for all its worth, our Country Rang Oat Flakes com in 3kg bags and are brilliant for breakfast and in all manner of bakes. A source of solable fiber called beta-glucan, which has been proven to help slow digestion, increase satiety and surpress appetite, oats are a great diet food and energy giving carbohydrate.
A grat dish for your Burns Night celebrations on the 25th Januray, Cranachan is the king of Scottish desserts. Also known as a Cream Crowdie in some parts of Scotland, it’s the country’s answer to Eton Mess with oats, cram, whisky and rasberries gloriously combined. Daniel also uses cream fraiche and Scottish heather honey to enhance his recipe.
Flapjacks are great any time of the year as a breakfast-on-the-run or as a nutritious snack to boost energy in between meals. They are easy to make in advance and provide slow relase energy, keeping you fuller for longer and peventing a sugar crash.
3. Oat Cookies
Th oats provide a beautiful flavour and texture to these cookies and along with the wholemeal flour and raisins, they’re a bit havier than the norm. Delicious as a tat alongside a coffee, ta or hot chocolate on a cold winter day.
Th healthy cornerstone of breakfast for so many people that can be made in advance, the beauty of Granola is that it never has to be the same. Depending on what seeds, nuts, and fruits you have in the house, you can pimp it up however you like. Daniel’s favourite combination includes the oat flakes with sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumkin seeds, flaked almonds, coconut flakes and beeries. Plenty of body and brain boosting inredients to load your customers up with goodness first thing in the morning.
5. Anzac Biscuits
Anzac Day takes place on the 25th April and is a national day of rremembrance in Australia and New Zealand for those who have served in the armed forces. With Australia Day taking place at the end of Januray (26th), it’s great excuse to us your oats to whip up some of these tasty biscuits that were once sent by loved ones to troops on the front line.
About Daniel Ayton
A judge for the Country Range Student Chef Challenge for the last five years. Daniel Ayton is World Senior Vice President of the World Master Chef’s Society and the President of the Disciples Escoffier UK. An experienced chef with extensive exprience in fine dining as well as banqueting operations. Daniel. has world alongside chefs such a Pierre Larapidie of the George V, The Grosvenor House Park Lane and Hotel Des Burgues, Geneva, in addition to the legendary Paul Bocuse in Lyon. Daniel set up Chefbytes in 1993, which specialises in design, strategic managment, menu sampling, ingredient organileptic sampling, judging and media work. For more information or recipes, visit www.chefbyts.co.uk