Sunday, January 23, 2011

Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Oatmeal was on mega sale, because I cut coupons and watch ad sales, I got a 42 oz. can of quick cooking oats for about $.50 last week. I see a lot of oatmeal recipes in our future and I do not mind not one bit. I have already begun searching for creative recipes, something outside of oatmeal raisin cookies, although I will be making some of those soon too. So if you have any killer oatmeal recipes send them my way.

It was cold last night and if this morning is anything like last night then I want hot coffee and a warm bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. I dreamt of my Daddies oatmeal and toast; guess what we’re having for breakfast… This is my Dad’s oatmeal, by taste anyway, because he invents recipes and then remakes them over and over all without a formal ingredient list. This particular recipe was highly requested of him by us, the three oldest children, especially the broiled toast he served alongside it. Mmm, a spoonful of sweet oatmeal on top of the crunchy butter-y toast, one taste and you’ll be well, toast (Sorry I had to).

Brown Sugar Oatmeal
recipe from my Dad

3 ½ cups water
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups quick cooking oats
½ stick of butter
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons heavy cream or milk

Bring the water and salt to a rolling boil.

Stir in the oats and let them cook for about 1 minute.

Toss in the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and stir until incorporated into the oatmeal and the butter is melted.

Turn the heat down to low and continue cooking for 1 minute more. Take off heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

To serve: Put 1 cup of the oatmeal into a serving bowl and top with 1 tablespoon of heavy cream. Stir in and serve alongside toast or a bowl of fruit.

Before the cream is added...

Everyone has a recipe for oatmeal, you do don’t you? If you don’t you are more than welcome to borrow this one from time to time but just know I warned you, you’ll never stop making this version.

And just because these two things go together I’m also posting on here his broiled toast recipe, if you can even call it a recipe.

Broiled Toast
recipe also from Dad

4 slices bread, any kind
4 slices butter, quartered

Place 1 quarter of butter on each corner of the bread slices, somewhat in the center.

Place under the broiler for 30 seconds; watch it closely because it burns very quickly, if it is not done yet allow it to cook in 15 seconds intervals, checking between each one, until done. You’re wanting it to be toasted light brown and for the butter squares to be melted.

Serve alongside Brown Sugar Oatmeal or top with a slice of cheese to eat with some soup.

Enjoy, I know I sure did. Yum.

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