Monday, August 02, 2010

Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal [photo]

You know it's going to be an interesting week when a Monday catches you with your hair still wrapped up in a towel, legs unshaven and clothes still in dire need of ironing. None of these happened to me (*this* time at least), but it seems analogous to how I feel about this week.

Between date night with TheHusband on Friday evening (we had cocktails & supper here and went to watch Shrek 4 at the cinema), wedding gift shopping on Saturday morning, catching a band on Saturday evening and entertaining my MIL on Sunday (the weather was nice so we braaied, like good South Africans should), is it any wonder that my blog didn't get the TLC it deserved?

Baked Oatmeal

Luckily the blog doesn't bear a grudge for long - you know, what with being inanimate and all. Scoring me some more brownie points was the lingering cinnamon-y aroma emanating from the kitchen on Saturday morning. Perfect for when you need to make amends with your blog. Or, for the less absurd-minded among you, perfect for a wintry weekend morning.

For those of you familiar with South African crunchies this baked oatmeal will taste like home. It is delicious served still warm from the oven, cut into slices and drenched in warm milk.* TheHusband likes to add a little bit of sugar to his bowlful, but I think it's perfect just as it is, faintly sweet with a sofly spiced taste. A warm hug in a bowl; yes please.

*Actually (let's be honest here), it's pretty damn good eaten cold from the fridge too.

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Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal [photo]


Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
Recipe from Delicous Days
Originally from Macheesmo
Serves 3 - 4

1 egg
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp butter, melted
1 3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp baking powder (baking soda)
1 tsp vanilla essence (vanilla extract)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
a pinch of salt

{Important: You need to prep this the night before you want to have it for breakfast.}

1. Whisk egg in a bowl, then add the rest of the ingredients, stirring well to combine. Spoon into a greased oven dish, cover and refrigerate overnight.
2. The next morning, take your prepared oats out of the fridge and pre-heat your oven to 180C (350F). Place oats in the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy on top. Cut into slices and serve warm with milk.

Variations:

a) Add a handful of any of the following (or combinations thereof) to the oats: chocolate chips, caramel chips, shredded coconut or raisins.
b) Leave out the nutmeg and instead infuse the milk with star anise before adding to the oats mixture.
c) Add a handful of candied orange peel (diced) and slivers of toasted coconut to the oats and replace the vanilla essence with orange essence.
d) Replace the milk with coconut milk and add a handful of chopped dried pineapple or mango to the oats for a tropical breakfast treat.

Nutritional info (per serving): Calories 342.0, Total fat 14.2 g, Saturated fat 7.8 g, Polyunsaturated fat 2.6 g, Monounsaturated fat 4.9 g, Cholesterol 88.1 mg, Sodium 360.2 mg, Potassium 437.5 mg, Total carbohydrate 77.9 g, Dietary fiber 12.0 g, Sugars 20.1 g, Protein 8.3 g

Good source of: Manganese 251.9 %, Phosphorus 48.8 %, Thiamin 40.7 %,  Iron 38.9 %, Magnesium 37.0 %, Calcium 30.7 %

23 comments:

Jessica on August 02, 2010 4:23 pm said...

Hmm, I love all things oats though I prefer my morning oats milky and cooked untill nice and limey. I can just see myself sneaking bites of these oats squares throughout the day (when it comes to sweet things I have no restraint I tell you).

Umm Mymoonah on August 02, 2010 4:29 pm said...

Wow! Lovely pictures. Looks very elegant.

Marisa on August 02, 2010 4:39 pm said...

Jessica - I can personally vouch for the addictiveness of these squares eaten throughout the day...

Umm Mymoonah - Why thank you!

nina on August 02, 2010 4:52 pm said...

I can't say I have ever seen this, but I showed it to my mom and we both said at the same time..."Imagine the smell in the house while these are baking!" Looks good!

tandysinclair.com on August 02, 2010 5:43 pm said...

you are really inspiring my new experiment - will pop off to nominate you!

Kit on August 02, 2010 6:28 pm said...

Mmm crunchies for breakfast in a bowl - my kind of breakfast, except it would be just too hard to wait that long while it baked and the aroma tantalisingly pervaded the house...

browniegirl on August 02, 2010 6:45 pm said...

Looks and sounds delightful. Cannot say I have ever heard of it...but I sure do know crunchies. Lovely photos xx

Joanne on August 02, 2010 7:34 pm said...

Monday mornings after a seriously awesome weekend are the worst. But this baked oatmeal seems like it would make everything better!

Rose&Thorn on August 03, 2010 8:25 am said...

What a lovely idea - I am always looking for good breakfast ideas. Yummy.Love your light box!

Anh on August 03, 2010 8:27 am said...

This is so creative! I mean I would love that for breakfast!

Marisa on August 03, 2010 8:28 am said...

Nina - The amazing smell is definitely one of the perks of this dish!

Tandy - Thanks & can't wait to see the results of your experiment. :-)

Kit - The aroma is deadly, could inspire a Pavlov dog effect without breaking a sweat.

Browniegirl - If you like crunchies, you'll definitely enjoy this too. And thanks. :-)

Joanne - Aren't they just?

Alycia @ Fit n Fresh on August 03, 2010 2:11 pm said...

Just stumbled upon your blog - I absolutely LOVE it! Your photographs are beautiful, your writing style is unique and your recipes are delicious! Definitely voting for your blog :)

janet on August 03, 2010 2:33 pm said...

I am always looking for unique ways to have breakfast. This looks fabulous. I will have to compare this to my baked oatmeal that didn't require overnight soaking: http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/rhubarb-baked-oatmeal/

Marisa on August 03, 2010 2:53 pm said...

Alycia - Thanks Alycia! Always nice to "see" new faces on here. :-)

Janet - I'm a sucker for all things rhubarb, will pop on over to your post.

Larie on August 03, 2010 5:37 pm said...

Ooh, great! We're going hiking soon and I was looking for a *healthier* (than white chocolate chip cookies, haha) treat to take with us. I think this is it! Thanks for the recipe!

Indonesia-Eats on August 03, 2010 6:16 pm said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Are those guava slices? Huhhh, I haven't had that red guava for so long :)

Carolyn Jung on August 03, 2010 6:25 pm said...

I had something like this from a San Francisco cafe. I must say, I loved the portability of it, as you could nibble a wedge, while holding it in your hand. I'm definitely going to have to try making this at home now, too.

Esi on August 03, 2010 10:37 pm said...

I like the idea of a baked oatmeal

Hannah on August 04, 2010 1:52 am said...

This looks like the prefect thing to take to a MOPS brunch pot luck. I am bookmarking this for the fall.

Jeanne @ CookSister! on August 04, 2010 4:48 pm said...

Mmm, oatmeal! Sounds deliciously comforting :) And your Monday morning description sounds pretty much like EVERY Monday morning at Chez CookSister. Isn't it the same for everyone? No? Just me then... ;-)

Lori on August 05, 2010 3:27 pm said...

This sounds so good! I haven't had oatmeal quite like this before. I'm definitely going to try a baked version.

Marisa on August 05, 2010 4:40 pm said...

Larie - Enjoy your hike!

Indonesia Eats - Yeah, we have loads of those guavas in stores at the moment. It's guava season over here! Also, we only get the red ones here. :-)

Carolyn - These are very versatile, you could prep a big casserole dish on Monday and have breakfast sorted for the whole week.

Esi - You should try it and let me know how it turned out, okay?

Hannah - I think a tropical flavoured version would be pretty magical in summer too.

Jeanne - Shhh, I'm trying to keep up appearances here! ;-)

Lori - Just watch out for those heavenly aromas from the oven while this is baking! The smell is seriously addictive.

Debugcooking on August 05, 2010 5:58 pm said...

I am so J...you have such a clean looking blog....and love this baked oatmeal;-)

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