Friday, May 24, 2013

Oatmeal Goodness

Pretty much from the day we bought the inn I've been looking for a good oatmeal recipe.  Not just a boring old bowl of plain oatmeal with a few raisins on top, but really (really) good oatmeal with yummy extra goodies blended in.  I finally found a recipe that had good basics and after I tweaked it just a bit by eliminating a couple of ingredients I didn't like, I had what I've been looking for.  If you love oatmeal, you're really going to enjoy this recipe.  

Baked Oatmeal 

2    cups rolled oats (not instant)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1    tsp baking powder
1    tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup pecans (or walnuts)
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
2    cups milk
1    tbsp butter (melted)
1    egg
1    tsp vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350°F and generously spray the inside of an 8 x 8 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray
2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nuts and chocolate.
3. In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter and vanilla extract.
4. Add the oat mixture to prepared baking dish. Arrange the blueberries on top. Then pour the milk mixture over everything. Gently shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set.

This, plus salt, makes for a delicious oatmeal casserole. 
Dry ingredients mixed together
Milk, egg and vanilla whisked together
Ready for the oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 - 40 minutes until set and edge crust begins to form
Hot out of the oven - mmmm...
Serve warm/hot oatmeal with a side of berries and sausage with sweetened heavy cream.  Yum!

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