making a cherry crisp, will steel cut oats work instead of regular oatmeal?

Tom Boomer


Tom B. August 17, 2017
thank you :) eventually borrowed some from a neighbor. Has to be gluten free, so altho other recipe sounds yummy, wife would be un-happy later. Can't have that.
AntoniaJames August 17, 2017
No, they'll be too hard and crunchy - a straight substitution would be a bad idea.
That said, you could try cooking them up and stirring them into the topping after they're well cooled, if the ratio of oats to other ingredients is fairly small. Also, given how heavy and dense uncooked steel cut oats are compared to uncooked rolled oats, you'd want to use much less.
If it were me, I'd find a crisp recipe that doesn't call for oats. There are many excellent ones out there. ;o)
AntoniaJames August 17, 2017
For example:

Crisp Topping

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup toasted wheat germ (or whole wheat flour)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
A good pinch of salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes.
3/4 cup chopped pecans or almonds

Whisk together the flour, wheat germ, sugar, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl. Add the butter.

Use a sturdy dinner fork to break down the butter cubes and blend with the dry ingredients, to create small clumps. Stir in the chopped nuts.

This covers a 9” x 9” baking dish or equivalent oval or round one.

Hope this helps. ;o)
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