Oatmeal Cake (taken from the page of Barbara Stewart Anderson)
1 1/4 c. Water, boiling
1 c. Oatmeal, old fashioned, uncooked
1/2 c. Butter
1 c. Sugar
1 c. Brown Sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 1/2 c. All-purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
3/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 c. Butter
2 c. Coconut
1 c. Nuts (finely chopped) I use Pecans
1 1/2 c. Brown Sugar, firmly packed
8-10 Tbs. Evaporated Milk
1 Preheat oven at 350 degrees Pour boiling water over oatmeal and set aside for 20 minutes.
2. Cream butter and sugars, add eggs. Beat well.
3. Add vanilla and oatmeal mixture. Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well. Put in greased 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
4. For topping: Melt butter, add coconut, nuts, brown sugar, and milk. Mix well. Frost cake when you take it out of the oven. Place under broiler until the top is brown. (Watch carefully so it doesn't burn.)
One note: After becoming a fan of the Sweet Potato Queens (They have a great cookbook full of wonderful recipes, financial advice, and life lessons. I KNOW!) I NEVER use anything but DARK brown sugar, so they don't come take away my fan membership card. I wish I could give credit for the recipe, but I could not get anyone to confess when I asked on my personal page. Whomever you are, "Thank you from the tip of my tongue to the bottom of my stomach!"
Whew! I am so glad the picture turned out! By the time I got done editing the photo, that piece was gone. I would have had to cut another piece and eaten some in order to take another. Hmmmmm....that the picture look a little out of focus to you?