We’re sharing a recipe from the Winter Breakfast section of The Folk School Cookbook with you today. When it’s winter in the Blue Ridge Mountains, you want your breakfast to be hot, hearty and healthy.

Oven Oats 

Fruit, cinnamon, brown sugar, citrus, and vanilla combine for a heavenly scent. This hearty dish is great to make for a crowd and bakes into a comforting, cake-like consistency.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a 9-inch square baking pan melt:

2 tablespoons butter

Spread over the butter:

2 ripe bananas, sliced

Mix together in a medium bowl:

2 cups rolled oats, soaked overnight and drained
1 egg, beaten
½ cup cream
2 tablespoons brown sugar or maple syrup
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon fresh orange zest

Pour half the mixture over the bananas in the pan.

Top this with:

½ cup blueberries

Pour over the remaining oatmeal.

Add another:

½ cup blueberries

Bake in the oven until golden about 20 minutes.

Serve hot with cream or yogurt. Serves 4–6.

Recipe featured above appears in The Folk School Cookbook by Nanette Davidson; Cookbook photography by Keather Gougler, unless otherwise noted. Illustrations by Sara Boggs.

The Folk School Cookbook:
A Collection of Seasonal Favorites

Arranged by the seasons, the 336-page hardcover book features Southern Appalachian cooking as well as cuisine from other parts of the world—especially those that have helped to shape the history of the school. Folk School regulars will recognize dining hall favorites, Fall Festival fare, Appalachian classics, and treats made for holidays and special events.

Nanette Davidson, cookbook author and former Folk School Resident Artist in Cooking, meticulously collected and curated over 200 recipes including some of the most memorable recipes served family-style in the school’s Dining Hall over the decades.

Between the beautiful photography, illustrations, stories, and the delectable recipes, you’ll be tempted to come to Brasstown for a visit. We hope you will! In the meantime, cook up a taste of John C. Campbell Folk School at home and share it with friends and family.

The Folk School Cookbook is available at the Folk School Craft Shop. Place an order through our online store to have the cookbook shipped directly to you.

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About John C. Campbell Folk School

The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.