Rickety Uncle (1940) ★★★

I love the name of this recipe!
Internet sleuthing didn't turn up much information about these simple bars. They seem to be one of those "hand-me-down" recipes that people remember their grandmothers making. There seems to be a few different versions, but it always includes brown sugar and oats, with very little fat. Some versions include flour, but this one doesn't - but I love that there are only 4 ingredients.

Original Recipe:


The Verdict:
This turned out basically like crisp topping. Some pieces held together alright once it had cooled completely, but most of it either crumbled as I cut it or crumbled when I took a bite. It was just too dry to stick together like a bar. It needed just a bit of milk or flour or something in there. Regardless, Mr. Man said these were "amazing" and "delicious" and I agree. I would advocate making these, just add a little something more to help them keep together or perhaps just use a little less oats. Also, don't worry if they do fall apart - they are supposed to be "rickety", after all. Plus we used the crumbs for a delicious parfait! I gave the recipe itself three stars, but the taste was definitely worth four.

Modernized Recipe:
(Adapted from United Farmers of Canada, Saskatchewan Section Limited Cook Book)

This is easy to follow from the original recipe. A hot oven is 400 - 450F, so I went with 425F for the suggested 10 minutes.

Anje graduated with a Honours Bachelors degree in History with a minor in Museum Studies. She currently lives and works in Japan's least populous prefecture as an assistant English teacher.

4 comments:

  1. These look simple enough to make with few ingredients. My kind of recipe...

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  2. They are supposed to be crumbly but your were too crumbly because they were cooked at a bit too high of a temp. Try them at 350 or 375.

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  3. OMG when I was at University and had the munchies, I would melt butter and mix it together with brown sugar and oats . I'd never even bake it, just eat it up with a spoon. I thought I'd invented it! (I'm surprised I still have teeth)

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