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Homemade Oatmeal Blocks

Discussion in 'Lovely Grub' started by Toadflax, May 18, 2009.

  1. Toadflax

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    Some people love them, some people hate them, but quite by chance I found a recipe recently that makes something that is very close to the RATPACK oatmeal blocks. I made a first batch a few weeks ago as per the recipe, and they tasted to me like an unsweetened oatmeal block, so I added sugar to the batch I made yesterday and they are getting even closer to the original. If you're interested, here's the recipe.

    Mix all of the dry ingredients together: 60g medium oatmeal; 60g wholemeal flour; 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda; pinch of salt; 30g golden caster sugar.

    Stir in 20g (a tablespoon) of melted lard, followed by 5 tablespoons of boiling water (75ml) and mix to a stiff dough. If it's stoo sticky (it shouldn't stick to your hands), add oatmeal and flour in equal quantities until the mix is right. If it's too dry, add a bit more boiling water.

    Roll it out on a well floured board to about 5mm thick (thickness of a biscuit) and cut out using a 3" pastry cutter. Put on a greased baking sheet and bake at Gas Mark 6 for 10-20 minutes. The recipe said 10 minutes, but I found that it needed 20 minutes in my oven to get them nice and crisp. They definitely want to turn a few shades darker than they start off so they are nice and golden brown.

    This quantity made about 9 biscuits.

    Hope you enjoy them.


    Geoff
     
  2. Cobweb

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    Do you mean flapjacks?
     
  3. Toadflax

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    No, I do mean Oatmeal Blocks as issued in MoD RatPacks since as long as I can remember - certainly since the 1970s. Perhaps the best bit of RatPack breakfast, to go alongside tinned lard, etc. Flapjack (to my understanding) is generally a soft sticky 'finger' made with golden syrup and porridge oats. :)


    Geoff
     
  4. Shewie

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    Thanks for this Geoff

    I'm quite partial to the blocks myself so I'll definitely be giving this a go.
     
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    That's just like an oatcake recipe but with sugar so I would have thought that you could have cooked them on a bakestone or heavy frying pan in the field.
     
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    LOL........I haven;t had these since I was in the Army Cadets back in the 70's.

    I'll certainly be giving the recipe a go this weekend in time for the NIBA meet.

    Thanks for the recipe.......Alan.
     
  7. rik_uk3

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    Sounds good, I'll give them a try:)

    PS, they are scrapping oatmeal blocks in ratpacks:(
     
  8. scrogger

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    Will have to give them ago. I saw a guy on a tv programme once mix these with the milk powder and hot chocolate mix to make a chocolate type ready break it was actually ok when I tried it.

    I would be interested if anyone else did something with them to make them more palatable?

    Andy
     
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    This sounds a great recipe and it looks like it would even be good without the sugar.:). I am off to Asda for some oatmeal.
     
  10. Tulip

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    They were sound nutritional objects in my experience. (I thought they were f/ing great!) they were seriously good if any one was suffering from sea sickness, eaten like a biscuit but v slowly, ie nibbling, they kept many seafarers going with no side effects or problems. They made a super porridge if left to soak overnight in a pan of water then heated and served for first course of breakfast. It would be useful to know where they are made because in temperate climates they would be a good diet staple. Does anyone know where Compo rations were manufactured? I have often wanted to get them for rationing civvy yachts especially the conveniently sized 4 man packs. Good wishes to you all and fair weather etc.
    Tulip
     
  11. santaman2000

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    LOL. Over here everything's better with peanut butter on it (or cooked in it) I don't remember peanut butter being as popular over there but I'm sure there's some other comfort food that is (marmite maybe?)
     
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    good but can you come up with a recipe for Biscuits Brown?
     
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    Honey or Primula cheese.

    Santaman, do you make US style biscuits when you are camping?
     
  14. Toadflax

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    But would you want to? :)

    This thread is a bit of a blast from the past.


    Geoff
     
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    I haven't yet. I've made them at home several times experimenting with recipes (mostly sourdough or buttermilk biscuits) that might work in the brush. It's on my wish list for a Dutch Oven trip. Along with a full cowboy breakfast.
     
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    I did give you a bit of a loaded question as I'm made them using a Coleman oven, perfect for the task.
     

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