Wine Cake, Wedding…


Hello, everyone! It’s so good to be posting again. Can’t wait to share new recipes that I try and modify. As predicted by my mother-in-law, I haven’t had to change the amount of food I fix very much – she warned me to continue “cooking for seven!”

While we were on our honeymoon, my post about red wine cake was featured on Tasty Kitchen. Check it out!


This past month has been the happiest in my life. I can’t believe how blessed I am to be married to such an amazing man.

I’m hoping to eventually share many more photos and perhaps a bit of our story on my personal blog. Check out a couple more photos from our wedding here and here. Many thanks to my friend, Beth Schoenfelder, for taking these photos!

Until we meet again…happy cooking!



29 Responses to “Wine Cake, Wedding…”

  1. Absolutely gorgeous!

  2. Congratulations again :) The picture of you two is absolutely stunning. I love it :)

  3. Rachel says:

    :) Happiness!!

  4. Lovely photo :) I hadn’t seen your wine cake before – intriguing!

  5. Zita says:

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading your story! You looked beautiful on your wedding!

  6. Leslie says:

    Beautiful photos – looking forward to seeing and hearing more of your story! Congratulations!

  7. Katrina says:

    So happy for you, and glad to see you’re back!

  8. Welcome back, Erica! :)

  9. Natalie says:

    Congratulations Erica!!! I didn’t know you two had already tied the knot! Gorgeous picture. Make la-la land last as long as you can :)

  10. Alex says:

    Hi Erica! I love your blog! new fallower :P omg i found so so many inspirations! Congratulations for married-life! Lots of love and happiness in your new way, blessing and love from London! xxx

  11. Angie P. says:

    Absolutely beautiful photo! Congrats!

  12. So happy for you both… Congratulations! Best wishes for many happy years to come!

    I love that photo. Just stunning!

  13. Roberta says:

    Waaaw, just came across your blog, I love you photography, so fresh and bright!

    Well done :) Photos are brilliant :)

    check out my blog at

  14. Debby says:

    I’m a new follower and just wanted to say congratulations on your marriage! I wish you many, many years of happiness.

  15. Dawn says:

    I loved your MIL’s idea to keep the blog “Cooking for Seven” because of her son’s appetite. Love the teaser wedding photos! I’ve been praying for you and Reuben!

    In Christ,

  16. Sarah says:

    Hi Erica! I recently started following your blog, on recommendation from my sister. I really love seeing all the pictures of your homemaking, as I am an aspiring homemaker also. I was wondering if you could tell me where you got your wedding dress from, because it’s really, really beautiful!

  17. heather says:

    From one (soon-to-be) newlywed to another: The absolute best to you and yours!



  18. The second photo looks like it should be in a romance novel or coffee table book, absolutely gorgeous. Congrats on your wedding!

  19. Begoña says:

    You look beautiful. Love the veil. Congratulations!

  20. Beautiful photos (both of them! :-)). I *love* your veil… the way it falls in the picture is just gorgeous! Congrats on your marriage… may God bless you in your married life!

  21. Dea-chan says:

    Oh honey you look BEAUTIFUL. And I hope your man says as much every single day! :-P

    Congrats, and I wish you all the joy in the world.

  22. You look beautiful! Love this!

  23. Congrats on the wedding! Being Newlyweds is the best :) Enjoy every minute!

  24. Lexi says:

    Oh my gosh, that is a gorgeous photo!

  25. Sirena says:

    Oh Erica, you were such a beautiful bride! great pics. Congratulations to you both and wishing you a lifetime of happiness – marriage is a true blessing!

  26. Mrs C says:

    Oh wow! What a beautiful bride and photo! Congrats! We just hit the one year and it’s so much fun….best wished to you!!! And yum yum on wine cake!! As an amazing cook, what do you think of my bacon-blue cheese sliders!?!
    Recipes Fashion Marriage

  27. rita says:

    as they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” your wedding picture says it all… even more!

    BIG CONGRATULATIONS! have a FANTASTIC life together. enjoy every moment of it.

  28. Jenna says:

    Congratulations!! I always love seeing your features on TK, but I’ve never (I don’t think) stopped by your blog. Your wedding pics are gorgeous, and I’d love to see more. I can see the joy in your face! Beautiful.

  29. Kassie says:

    Hi Erica!

    I love your site and can’t wait to try some of these new recipes. Your recipes are delicious and your photographs are just beautiful.

    I wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS on your wedding! I am so happy for you. I hope you have a blessed and happy life with your lovely husband.

    Best wishes and thanks for the great site with its wonderful spirit!

    Kassie Goforth


Maple Sticky Buns, and a Few Thoughts…


These last few days of being single (yay!), I have been reflecting a bit on my life at home. Until now, it hasn’t really hit me that I’m leaving – entering a wonderful, new life with my husband-to-be. Apparently it hit my mom as well…we had a crying-and-hugging-fest today.

Cooking for Seven has been such a great creative outlet for me over the years (Did I really start this blog almost three years ago? How time flies…), and a bit of a challenge. Thank you all for your encouragement, tips, praise, and corrections (thank you for being honest!). It is my intention to continue sharing recipes with you after I’m married…my future mother-in-law instructs me to continue “cooking for seven” — my fiance eats a lot! :D

But I must say goodbye for a little while as I am getting married this weekend! Until we meet again, here is a scrumptious recipe for Maple Pecan Sticky Buns.
Maple Pecan Sticky Buns

Adapted from Bon Appétit and the King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion

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For the dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 3 tablespoons maple sugar, granulated sugar, or sweetener of choice
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cup milk, scalded and cooled
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter

For the filling:

  • 3/4 cups pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • soft butter for spreading on dough

For the syrup:

  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons (1 stick plus 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped


For the dough:

1) Mix and knead together all the dough ingredients in a stand mixer, bread machine, or by hand to form a smooth, soft dough. Add more milk or water if the dough seems too stiff.

2) Place in a greased bowl. Cover with a towel. Set in a warm place and let raise until almost doubled, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

For the filling:

Mix together all the filling ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl.

For the syrup:

Butter a 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish. Combine maple syrup and butter in heavy medium skillet. Stir over medium heat until butter melts. Remove from heat. Mix in brown sugar. Pour syrup into prepared dish; tilt to coat of bottom of dish evenly. Sprinkle the pecans; cool

To assemble and bake:

1) Roll out dough on a lightly greased counter to an 11 x 20 inch rectangle. Spread the soft butter all over the dough, leaving a narrow strip free of butter along one long edge. Sprinkle with filling ingredients.

2) Starting with the buttered long edge, roll up the dough and pinch the edges to secure. Cut dough with a sharp, serrated knife into 1-inch rolls. Place in prepared baking dish. It’s okay to crown the buns a bit.

3) Cover and let raise until quite puffy, about 45 minutes to 1 1/4 hours. Preheat oven to 375° F.

4) Bake buns uncovered until tops are golden brown and syrup bubbles thickly, reversing dishes halfway through baking, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately invert onto a baking sheet. Cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm with lots of butter. (Can be made ahead. Cool buns completely. Wrap buns tightly with foil on baking sheet. Freeze up to 2 weeks. Bake frozen buns covered 375°F until heated through, about 15 minutes.)

Makes approximately 14 buns



Until after the honeymoon!


32 Responses to “Maple Sticky Buns, and a Few Thoughts…”

  1. Oh, Erica, I wish you the most wonderful beautiful perfect gorgeous memorable wedding in the whole wide world. A sweet girl like you deserves nothing less.
    Soak it all in, feel all the love and let it find a permanent place in your heart & soul.

    Best wishes! :)

  2. Lacey says:

    Hi Erica, I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for a while, and I am waiting for the perfect chance to try out some of your recipes.

    Best wishes on your wedding day! I’m sure it will be an event to remember. I wish you peace and happiness, and I look forward to your blogging return.

  3. Leslie says:

    Erica these look wonderful and I look forward to trying them! I am so happy I discovered your blog, great recipes and your photography is lovely! I wish you all the best in your marriage, have a great time on the honeymoon, and I look forward to your return to your blog. I hope you will share some wedding photos with us, I know you will be a beautiful bride! :)

  4. Oh, I didn’t realise the wedding was so close! How wonderful. Have a wonderful day, a wonderful honeymoon, and may God bless you both as you embark on this, the most wonderful of human relationships.
    Blessings to your family too (I’m with mum here…. I’d be doing a whole lot of hugging and an even bigger lot of tears!)
    Every blessing,
    Anne x

  5. Peggy says:

    I had no idea you were getting married so soon! How wonderful!! You have no idea what a blessing you have been to me and my family since you started your blog. I will continue to pray for you and your beloved as you start this journey together. We look forward to your return!

  6. I hope you have a beautiful, wonderful, memorable wedding day!

    P.S. The sticky buns look amazing.

  7. Katrina says:

    Congrats! I’m so glad you will continue this blog, it’s one of my favorites! See you after the honeymoon and we’ll all try these sticky buns in the meantime!

  8. Emily O. says:

    Erica, I hope your wedding is wonderful! Remember to stop and enjoy the moments :)

  9. Enjoy and savor every moment!

  10. How exciting… have a wonderful wedding day and honeymoon! And (if you’re up for it) post a few wedding pictures… please? :-)
    It feels weird to comment about a wedding and sticky buns in the same comment, but… they look to die for! :-)

  11. Begoña says:

    I felt the same way when i was about to marry my husband. The last time I slept on my bed at my parents home, the home that had been mine for over 27 years, was one of those kind of happy sad moments that we all had on our lives.I felt nostalgic and really grown up. I cried a little and was scared. ¿Am I doing right? ¿Do I really grow up or do a preffer to be a little girl, protected by this house and my parents forever? It sounded temting, haha. But the truth is that marrige, being in love with someone, sharing life together, happy moments, the sad moments, the silly funny moments and the difficult ones too, is so special. You will never feel alone again. And you will learn so much about giving and recieving. It’s gonna be awesome!! I wish you all the luck in the world, have a beautiful wedding day and i hope to see you soon.

  12. Katie says:

    Erica: Praying that you are blessed with a wedding day that is beautiful beyond what you have hoped or imagined! You are a blessing!

  13. Best wishes this weekend for your big day! Hope you have an amazing wedding and honeymoon :)

    PS – Those sticky buns sound fantastic!

  14. All the best in your new life together. I hope you have a wonderful time this weekend!

  15. Kristina says:


    I am so happy for you! I have enjoyed reading this blog ever since I learned about it on a couple of years ago.

    May your wedding be a dream come true and glorifying to God in every way.

    I am delighted to hear that you will continue to post recipes and such, and look forward to your return. But in the meantime, enjoy every moment ;)


  16. congratulations to you and your husband to be :) best wishes from Kuala Lumpur.

  17. Liz says:

    married life is fantastic! You will love it! These sticky buns may make for a perfect Saturday morning for my husband and I!

  18. Mary says:

    Erica, I just love your blog. You do such a wonderful job, and I’ve really enjoyed reading it. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! Soak it all in, my dear! :) It will be the best day of your life. :)

  19. Michele says:

    Congratulations! Take the time to enjoy your wedding day, it goes so fast! Best wishes for a life that has more ups than downs, more triumphs than failure, and more love than you imagined was possible!

  20. Elisabeth says:

    Erica, Enjoy your big day and have a wonderful honeymoon!

    Your sticky buns look fabulously delicious!

  21. I just made sticky buns for the first time and they turned out fantastic. I used a brioche dough for them so they were extra rich.

    Best of luck with your wedding. Stay calm and have fun. All that matters is you and your husband to be!

  22. Allison says:

    Best wishes to you in your new married life! :) This is the first time I have read your blog, but I will definitely be back here again! I have been married for a little over a month, and I can totally relate to suddenly realizing you have to leave your family. My mom and I had a similar crying and hugging fest. :) It’s really bittersweet, but wonderful to be married.

  23. Jessica Rodriguez says:

    **Hi. I work at Bass Pecan Company every year they have a recipe contest for a chance to win $1000!If you love baking with pecans you should check it out. Check out their Recipe Blog for great recipes and the contest rules and entry!!

  24. Congratulations in your new married life! You both make a beautiful couple :) Photos please, once you are back :)

  25. rita says:

    BIG CONGRATS!!! wishing you and your sweetie all the very best that marriage and life has to bring. enjoy the ride! it may be a bit bumpy sometimes, but with you both on it – everything will be just fine. :)

  26. Erica Lea, it’s so lovely to have found you, and particularly at such an auspicious time. And these maple pecan sticky delights are just GORGEOUS. I’ve just started making some sticky breads similar to these called Babkas. Found one in Kim Boyce’s book, Good to the Grain. Really worth a read if you haven’t… but you probably have. Hope you have a gorgeous wedding, cheers, Angela

  27. Oh, how cute! have fun and congratulations!

  28. Alexandra says:

    I love you blog and am so excites for you!!!!!!
    Hurry back so we can learn recipes from you on how to cook for two!!!!!!
    Love Alexandra

  29. I bet they didn’t last over a day. They look perfect and so inviting. Congratulations on your wedding Erica!

  30. Christine says:

    Hi Erica Lea, Your Maple Pecan Sticky Buns recipe has been selected to be featured in a Recipe Guessing Game. Please share the following link with your friends and fans. To play, go here: Congrats again!! :)

  31. […] Maple Sticky Buns from Cooking for Seven […]

  32. I love sticky buns. The addition of maple syrup sounds fantastic!

Things I Love/Want/Need to Make…


Things I love. Things I want. Things I’m pretty sure I need to cook at some point in my life…


Slate cheese board. Or really anything from terrain.


Fresco Nesting Bakers. Oh, so vintage…and dishwasher safe! Score!

I want to make me some bacon Jam. Inspired by a tweet by Kamran of The Sophisticated Gourmet.

Ice Cream Cups. So colorful and fun!

Condiment Spoons

Condiment Spoons. LOVE.


Just Stripes towels.

Gingham Tear Off Napkins - NEW

Gingham Tear-Off Napkins.

Dried Organic Lavender Bundles

Organic lavender bundles.

Nutella Doughnuts. Um, yeah. Wow.



Other awesome stuff worth mentioning:


Square ramekins. A friend made crème brûlée in them, and I was hooked.

Teak Tea Spoon. I love little wooden spoons.

Fabric care symbols decoder. So handy. I should print it out and put it in the laundry room.

Sticky Toffee Pudding.



Hope your week is off to an awesome start! Today I’m going to my first ever bridal shower held in my honor. So excited!

What makes you smile today?



20 Responses to “Things I Love/Want/Need to Make…”

  1. I just love the tear off gingham napkins! Cute list!

  2. I love when you post I love/I want things :)

    Those nested bowls are adorable!

    Have fun at your bridal shower!!

  3. Are these on a wedding gift registry (sans food)?? Your post made me smile today….and to be excited with you as you attend your own bridal shower! Have a wonderful time, Erica!

  4. Rachel says:

    This post made me smile today :) Enjoy your shower!!

  5. Erica Lea says:

    Kay: No, this is just a dream list. :D 😀

  6. kristin t says:

    You had me at “bacon jam”! :-)

  7. So I pretty much loved everything on your list! Have fun at your bridal shower :)

  8. Peggy says:

    I don’t believe I have commented since we moved a little over a year ago… but I wanted to say congratulations! I was so excited when I heard you were engaged to be married. You have a lovely list of loves… wants… and need to makes! I think the bacon might be something to try for a blustery fall mid afternoon snack… the “boys” would enjoy it, that’s for sure.

    Once again congratulations! Have fun at your bridal shower!!

  9. Katrina says:

    I am also swooning over some of the products here! Cool!

  10. Bacon jam?? Sounds like something we’d love,

    The gingham napkins? I *know* I love :)

    Have a wonderful time at your bridal shower….such fun :)

  11. Jill says:

    What a nice list! Love it all, everything so bright and beautiful and lovely! Isn’t it awesome that we have such abundance to choose from!

  12. Libby says:

    Such a fantastic list. Love everything you picked.
    Have fun at your shower!

  13. Jessica M. says:

    Those tear off gingham napkins are neat. One of those things I see and think “I hadn’t thought of that, but I’m glad someone did!” Congratulations on your engagement as well.

  14. Dea-chan says:

    Have lots and lots of fun at your shower! And I agree wholeheartedly with your list — all of the items looks like great things with which to showcase your talented work for friends and family.

  15. Love the nesting bakers, the condiment spoons, towels…. oh, and the Nutella doughnuts. I *loooove* Nutella. :-) Have a wonderful time at your shower! How exciting!

  16. April W. says:

    You should totally buy fabric and make the napkins. Husband and I have used brightly colored gingham print napkins for the last 2 1/2 yrs of marriage that were handmade wedding gifts. I love them, and I know that anyone with any knowledge whatsoever of how to work a sewing machine (unfortunately, I don’t fit that bill) could whip those up in no time!

  17. Elisabeth says:

    I love everything you picked. Well maybe except the Bacon jam. :) I need to check out those ice cream cups and tear off napkins. We have some big events coming up at our place and these things might work for us.

    Have a fun time at your shower. Congratulations!

  18. Kate says:

    If you like wooden spoons, then you must check out the following- These are made of all cherry wood. He also has a fancier line his wife helps design at- These spoons are incredibly artistic.
    I was at an arts show and saw the booth they ran. If I had had the money I would have bought quite a few of their spoons!

  19. SO excited for you about your upcoming wedding! Hope the shower was wonderful :)

Rosemary & Thyme Spread, Old & New



Over 1.5 years ago, first posted this recipe for Rosemary & Thyme Spread. Now, I’ve recreated it with step-by-step instructions. Check out my Guest Post on the Tasty Kitchen Blog for many more photos!


As you can see, I still had my glorious watermark. I do still like the mood of this photo, though. Makes me want to take a bite!

8 Responses to “Rosemary & Thyme Spread, Old & New”

  1. Katrina says:

    This spread sounds fantastic! Nice recipe :)

  2. This looks yummy. And so easy.

    Thanks or sharing.



  3. The watermark isn’t obnoxious at all, you barely see it! And the photos are lovely.

  4. Eliana says:

    Running over to check out the step-by-step because this looks super delish.

  5. Two of my fav herb, sounds flavourful!

  6. Mmm looks delicious! Thanks for sharing and nice to see your posts again :)

  7. I wouldn’t mind taking a bite either!

  8. alisonjoy says:

    Just made this last night. One batch I followed the recipe exactly, second batch I simple added diced sundried tomatoes. Both were delicious, and I loved the color that the tomatoes added. The recipe really reminds me of an expensive cheese spread, but total cost of the ingredients(per batch) was under $1.50– love it!



I am so pleased to announce that I am engaged to be married to Reuben James.

To see more engagement photos, please stop by my photography blog: {link}


49 Responses to “Engaged!”

  1. Congratulations! So happy for you two!

  2. So wonderful! Congrats!

  3. Maria says:

    SO excited for you! Congratulations!

  4. Shawna says:

    Congratulations! How exciting:)

  5. Joycee says:

    Congratulations, what a good looking couple you make! That look in his eyes says it all…

  6. darcy says:

    Wishing you both many, many years together.

  7. Lauren says:

    Congratulations! You make a lovely couple!

  8. Oh that is wonderful! Wishing you both God’s richest blessing, and many, many happy years together.

    Oh I love good news like this ;)

  9. Congratulations!! What a beautiful picture :D

  10. Megan says:

    That is wonderful news, congratulations!!! What a cute couple =)

  11. LadySnow says:


  12. Congrats….uh oh, will you have to change the blog to Cooking for Two??? LOL

  13. Andrea says:


  14. Aw, congratulations! What a lucky guy~ he’s guaranteed great meals for the rest of his life.

  15. Sheena says:

    Congratulations Erica! Wishing you both all the best :)

  16. Libby says:

    Congratulations Erica! You make an adorable couple, and he’s very lucky–he’s guaranteed amazing food forever, pretty much!

  17. Barb says:

    Congratulations, Erica!!! You two both definitely look in love and happy! Awesome!

  18. Nadine says:

    congratulations!! this is wonderful!

  19. Sue Anne says:

    How heart-warming to have you share this delightful news with your readers, and the precious photo is frosting on the cake. You give so much to a world in need of goodness and light. May God bless you and keep you both throughout all the years ahead.

  20. rita says:

    that’s so exciting! congrats and wishing you both all the very best life has to offer. God Bless.

  21. Alyse says:

    May God bless this wonderful union of marriage.

  22. hailey says:

    Congratulations!! What wonderful news :) Enjoy the planning as much as you can, it can be a blast! :)
    I hope you two have an absolutely wonderful life together!

  23. Yadi I says:

    Congratulations! You must be so happy.

  24. Monique says:

    Congratulations!! Wishing you a happy a healthy life together.

  25. Aww so sweet! You guys look so cute together. I have recently been married too (June 2009), and marriage has been such a blessing. I hope that God’s grace fills you both with love and joy in your new endeavor. Congratulations!

  26. Emmy says:

    Looks like you got a good guy! And very handsome too!

  27. Dea-chan says:

    No wonder you’ve not been posting much! Congrats! You guys look cute together. You planning a long or short engagement?

  28. Holli says:

    You two are so cute together! congratulations!

  29. Erica Lea says:

    Dea-chan: Short engagement! Why wait? :)

  30. Begoña says:

    OMG, congratulations!!! But you must be sooo young, right? Well, it’s great great news. I wish you all the happiness in the world and i’m really looking foward to reading your new recipes for two (not for seven anymore, hehehe)

  31. Lisa G. says:

    Wahoo! Congratulations!!!! That is a beautiful photo of you guys. I’m heading over to check out the rest now ;) You two are going to love being married!! It’s wonderful.

  32. Frieda says:

    Congratulations to a darling couple! Glad I found you on TK!

  33. Many congratulations! May God richly bless you both.

  34. Debbie Z says:

    Congratulations, Erica! I enjoy reading your cooking blog and have been so impressed with your testimony and witness as a young Christian woman. I am so glad that you have found your life mate and I am sure that you have found someone who loves God as much as you do. May God bless your marriage greatly and may you have many, many joy-filled years together.

  35. Ruth Hill says:

    Good for you! Blessings!

  36. Lucille says:

    Will we get a post on how you cute pair met?

  37. Ashley says:

    What a beautiful couple. Congratulations Erica. May the Lord bless you in this precious time.

  38. Faith says:

    A huge congrats to you both, Erica!!!

  39. Congratulations! Adorable photos….I had a feeling something was going on when I kept seeing all the beautiful wedding dresses and other wedding items you were pinning on Pinterest. :)

  40. Congratulations! I too recently got engaged. So exciting!

  41. Brooke says:

    I love your blog! I have been a long-time follower, but this is my first time commenting. You have given me lots of inspiration. Congratulations on your engagement!!!

  42. Rebecca says:

    Congratulations! I am so happy for the both of you and wish you all the blessings the Lord can bestow!

  43. Pei-Lin says:

    Erica Lea and Reuben,

    Congrats to both of you for the engagement! I hope it’s not too late for that.

    From engagement to the actual wedding itself, it usually takes one year or a little more than that for the Chinese here to “accomplish” everything. That’s one difference I’d noticed during my stay in America. I much prefer wedding in the summer. Haha! Minnesotan winter isn’t suited for holding weddings in …

    Congrats, once again!

  44. Soma says:

    A very big Congratulations! to both of you. you make a lovely couple.

  45. pity says:

    great news, well done! cheers from london

  46. Madde says:

    Wonderful news! Congratulations!

  47. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. Congratulations, Erica! How wonderfully and exciting. Blessings to you both. :)

Simple Baked Oatmeal


Ever since I can remember, I have enjoyed waking up to the smell of oatmeal baking in the oven. The toasty aroma enticed us kids from our warm beds to the breakfast table. Even now, crawling out of my bed is that much easier when someone announces, “Baked oatmeal for breakfast!”

The other morning I crawled out of bed, shut off the alarm, and made my way to kitchen to make a special breakfast treat. I had bragged the night before that I was going to make baked oatmeal for breakfast. Imagine my horror when I couldn’t find my favorite recipe. Instead of panicking, I turned on my computer and quickly selected a substitute recipe. With a few modifications, it turned out just the way I wanted.


Notes: The original recipe called for cinnamon and cranberries. Whereas I think this would be a lovely addition, I knew my dad would freak out if I included them. I also decreased the amount of sugar by 1/4 and used maple sugar in place of granulated; you could use any sweetener you like – this recipe is quite forgiving.






Simple Baked Oatmeal

Recipe adapted from here.

Printable recipe


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 – 1 cup maple sugar, maple syrup, or sweetener of choice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1) Preheat oven to 350° F. Place the butter in a square (9×9 or 8×8-inch) baking dish and place in the oven to melt. Make sure to keep an eye on the butter, or it will burn!

2) In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oats, maple sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the milk, eggs, and vanilla.

3) Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well, making sure all of the oats are moistened.

4) Remove the pan with the butter from the oven. Pour the oats mixture into the pan and stir, mixing until most of the butter in incorporated, but leaving some unmixed at the edges & bottom of the pan.

5) Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, about 30 minutes. Serve hot with cream.

Makes approximately 6-8 servings, depending on how hungry everyone is.


44 Responses to “Simple Baked Oatmeal”

  1. I love baked oatmeal! Your recipe looks simple and delicious…I’m going to give it a try this weekend!

  2. Kim says:

    I always like a bowl of baked oatmeal in the morning. This version looks good, but I think I would go for the cranberries:)

  3. Carrie says:

    I’ve never heard of baked oatmeal before. I’m not a big oatmeal fan because of the slimy texture, but this looks like it might be good. Think I might try it! Thanks for posting the recipe!

  4. Liz says:

    This would definitely be a great smell to wake up to! Looks delicious!

  5. Melanie says:

    “Serve hot with cream”? Oh my goodness, Erica! You’re killing me!

  6. Hi Erica, breakfast is my favourite meal, so I can see myself making this soon on the weekend. How long, approximately, would you say it cooks for? Thanks.

  7. Never heard of baked oatmeal before, but can’t wait to try this recipe :)

  8. Arleen Cook says:

    This looks lovely! Do you think it would work with steel cut oats?

  9. Erica Lea says:

    sarah: Oops, forgot to put in the time! It’s approximately 30 minutes. :)

  10. Erica Lea says:

    Arleen: I have never tried it with steel cut oats – they may not become soft in time. Here’s a recipe that calls for steel cut oats {link}. Hope that helps! :)

  11. We LOVE baked oatmeal. Yours looks yummmy. The one we make is usually more soft and “gooey” so we don’t add additional liquids, but it would be fun to try the drier version if only for the sake of being able to pour cream on top. LOL!
    Love the light and textured napkin in your photo!

  12. Its been very sad that i haven’t actually stopped by ur blog after DMBLiGt awards, looks like i have missed loads here, love baked oatmeal it is so simple and delish! :)

  13. ashley says:

    The pictures mke this look delicious. My problem is that my family does not like the mushy/gummy texture of traditional oatmeal. Does the baking make it closer to granola?

  14. Arleen says:

    Thank You!

  15. I’m a huge fan of oats so this looks absolutely perfect!

  16. Pei-Lin says:

    How funny. I never got to try baked oatmeal while I was in Minnesota. I wonder how the texture is like. As an oatmeal person, I MUST have rolled oats soaked in hot malt chocolate for breakfast. Really, the idea of baked oatmeal never struck me till now. How the texture is like? I might give it a go, if it sounds good to me. =)

  17. Erica Lea says:

    ashley: I’m not a big fan of traditional oatmeal either. The textured of baked oatmeal is much better, in my opinion. The bottom of the pan tends to be soft, but the top gets a bit crunchy.

  18. Erica Lea says:

    Pei-Lin: The bottom is soft and sweet, the middle is firm, not mushy or dry, and the edges get a bit crunchy.

  19. Just wanted to pop over to congratulate you on your engagement. So happy for you!

  20. Oh yes… when a recipe starts with a stick of butter, it has to be good. What a way to start the day!

  21. Kimberly says:

    I love this recipe! We make it all the time (slight variations after making it two or three times each week! I use a little canola oil instead of butter and replace the milk and eggs with water). But never tried it with vanilla! I will have to see how it turns out!

  22. April W. says:

    I made this recipe last week and loved it. I’d planned to add sliced bananas, so I cut the sugar by 2/3. In the end, the bananas never made it in, and I forgot about the sugar cut, but it is still amazingly delish. I don’t think I’d add more sugar at all, if serving only to myself, but for others, I’d guess that half the sugar is A-ok.

  23. I never thought of baking oatmeal – genius! I don’t like the mushy texture of most oatmeal and it seems like you could serve a crowd with this. Can’t wait to try it!

  24. cathy x. says:

    congratulations on your engagement! that’s so wonderful and super exciting!! :)

    i think i’ll be trying this recipe in the morning (i’ve just left my career to return to study so am now a poor uni student all over again) i’m quickly running out of cheap breakfast ideas and this looks like the ticket! :P

  25. cathy x. says:

    ps. what does the baking powder contribute in this recipe? :)

  26. Erica Lea says:

    cathy x. – Thank you! :D I believe the baking powder give it a bit of raise to make it a little more “light” texture. If that makes any sense. :)

  27. hannah says:

    this looks just simple enough to be crazy tasty!

  28. Just found your blog – love it! Cooking for 7 all the time.. and I thought cooking for 6 when the grandkids came by was bad! Good for you, hun. and congrats on the engagement!

    Take care!
    – Chelsey

  29. Lexi says:

    I just posted this on my blog. Absolutely amazing recipe.

  30. JC in DC says:

    I laughed at your comment about your dad freaking out if you had included cranberries. Personally, I couldn’t imagine baked oatmeal without them, or walnuts, and maybe even a pine-cone or two… ;o)

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  33. Amy says:

    This is beyond amazing and my house smells divine!

  34. Love this. We are love with baked oatmeal. It’s so easy to make and you can switch up flavors any way you like. We even make one with strawberries, banana and chocolate chips.

  35. dkrgrand says:

    Any idea what the calorie count per serving is?

  36. Erica Lea says:

    dkrgrand: There’s about 277 calories per serving, based on 8 servings. Of course there will be more if you pour cream on top. :D

  37. Jada says:

    I am trying this recipe tonight. I prepared it and stuck in the fridge, will bake tomorrow! Hope it turns out.

  38. Emily says:

    Hi! This looks awesome! Is it still good if I cool and store it to be reheated? Thank you!

  39. Erica Lea says:

    Emily: Yes, that’s perfectly fine! I like to reheat the leftovers on the stove, but you could do it in the oven as well. If you’re not planning on eating it after the first cooking, you could undercook it just a tad so it’s not overcooked when you reheat it. :)

  40. Ally says:

    We’ve been tweaking this recipe to be quick and filling in the morning, and it’s worked really well. We’ll make it up the night before, stick it in the fridge and when my husband gets up he’ll put it in the oven, no preheat, and by the time he’s out of the shower and the kids and I are up, yum breakfast. We have two adults and two little boys, we do a 1.5x recipe that lasts us two mornings and it fits perfectly in a 9×13 Pyrex pan. I do wonder if the maple sugar or syrup might be effectively less sweet than the turbinado we have, because we decreased the sweetener and it was still way sweet, like dessert sweet; but it might also be that this is intended to be a treat, whereas we’re going for a more utilitarian everyday breakfast. We also accidentally doubled the fat instead of 1.5ing it, with one stick of butter and a half cup of coconut oil, and let me tell you, that was good stuff and sure kept us going till lunch. I suspect that with coconut oil, all that vanilla and some raisins and cinnamon, a small fraction of the listed sweetener would be totally satisfactory. We’ve also tried increasing the eggs to 5 for a 1.5 recipe and that ups the protein without really changing anything else. Thanks for posting the original!

  41. Ally says:

    Oh, and we reheat the same way, DH gets up and puts the refrigerated pan in the oven at 250 and it’s warm in about the same amount of time.

  42. Angela says:

    This our Monday breakfast!! Thanks for the recipe, it’s the only way my kids enjoy oatmeal. They love it!!!

Via Cappuccino Muffins + Friday Favorites


Stop by the Tasty Kitchen Blog to see my guest post: Via Cappuccino Muffins.


Some of my favorite finds for the week:

Les Cuilleres 8.5x11 -Art culinaire- Collection

Les Cuilleres Art Culinaire” fine art print. This would be cute in the kitchen.


Milk, butter, and sugar ceramics. Very cute.


Meyer Lemon Curd + Cream Scones via


Image of Airmail Envelopes set of 10

Airmail Envelopes.


Small wire task basket via Olive Manna


the little baker necklace in antiqued copper.

the little baker” necklace. Adorable.


white enamel colander

White enamel colander.



Hope you all have a happy Friday & weekend!


8 Responses to “Via Cappuccino Muffins + Friday Favorites”

  1. Mable says:

    I’m loving the look of the cap muffins! Oh and the idea of Friday Favouriting other bloggers :) Have a great weekedn!

  2. Mmm…. those muffins look heavenly! The necklace is so cute. :-)

  3. How those muffins looks wonderful and loving the wire basket and cute necklace :)

  4. That necklace is adorable. The muffins look delish!

  5. mmmm yummy! those muffins look amazing!!

  6. I want one of those necklaces :-)

  7. I am loving that white enamel colander, I NEED it! ;) And of course, your cupcakes look amazing too, anything with cappucino flavor is my favorite.

  8. Chrissy says:

    Ahh I love that necklace! Wait, actually I love all of those items! mmm cappuccino muffins? Yum!