Wednesday, January 5, 2011

King Alfred Walks Into a Marsh…

Several years ago The Prude taught an English course.
On the premise that any schooling can be improved with food, she and her beloved little group of scholars began bringing treats to class and sharing the recipes.
We compiled our recipes and named each one after a favorite English character.

Today, after extensive research, The Prude realizes that any blog can be made better by the addition of food.
Therefore, today we begin
This Wednesday’s Recipes
We use the above demonstrative adjective ‘This’ advisedly.
Maybe by next Wednesday Your Prude will have a superb idea for a post that can’t wait till Thursday, or she may possibly have forgotten she ever  intended to have Wednesday’s Recipes. After all, she doesn’t have the brain of a spring chicken anymore.
Or you may all hate the idea of recipes and I’ll bow to public opinion and continue writing utter nonsense 5 days a week.

This Wednesday’s Recipe comes with an assignment.
Can you figure out why these are called:

King Alfred’s Rolled Oats Griddle Cakes
A good recipe when you are on the run. Be careful not to burn
2 cups rolled or quick cooking oats
2 ½ cups buttermilk

1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda, dissolved in:
2 tablespoons hot water

2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten

1. Soak oats in buttermilk 15 minutes
2. Meanwhile, in another bowl, sift (or combine- The Prude doesn't sift) flour,  salt, BAKING POWDER and sugar.
Add to the soaked oats.
3. Add baking soda dissolved in water, melted butter and beaten eggs. Mix well.
4. Pour by 1/3 cup onto a greased hot griddle and cook until done, flipping once.
Serve with your favorite syrup.

Happy researching! Happy Eating!


ScheltyFly said...

So... my research involved finding one of the students from the mentioned class... she REMEMBERED that the King was scolded for falling asleep and allowing the oat cakes to burn. (She told me a bunch more of info, but it wasn't all relevant to your question.)

And that brings me to MY question for the Prude... if there were a group of students in need of a literature/history class, since you already have the materials prepared and love many in this group of students, would you EVER consider gathering with them to teach such an amazing, MEMORABLE class again?

The Prude said...

Well, they would have to be pretty great to live up to that first group... but if there were interest it would be fun to do again.