December 18, 2014

Baked Apple Oatmeal: Baked Oatmeal with Apples

Dec2

Baked Apple Oatmeal: Baked Oatmeal with Apples

Attempting to add heartier and healthier meals into our breakfast routine, I have been experimenting with a variety of oatmeal recipes, and I have found a winner. I previously posted a  healthier version using only honey as a sweetener, but this time decided to indulge just a tad.

The results are sheer bliss, and I guarantee you will get requests for this over and over.

    Baked Apple Oatmeal: Baked Oatmeal with Apples

  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 TB butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups chopped apples
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350°. Bring milk, sugar, butter, salt and cinnamon to boil in a heavy pot.  Add the remaining ingredients and bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes in buttered casserole dish.

As always, I post the “real professional” recipe first (that I use just for you who must measure). Here’s how I’ve changed it. I don’t boil everything separately in a heavy pot. I just stuck it in a microwave bowl and heated it till the butter melted. I think the change that made it so delicious is that I added just a hint of almond extract. I didn’t measure it but maybe 1 tsp. YUM! Pictured above you will see that I was out of the raisins and the nuts, so it had a more liquid consistency. It was still phenomenal, it just needed a little extra baking time.

You can serve this with bananas, strawberries, any seasonal fruit and a dash of cream on top – moi  – heaven.

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I’m slowly getting the recipes up from my freezer day, but I encourage everyone to remember one thing -

Just do the next thing.

Often we become so overwhelmed with what seems like a daunting task (something like freezer cooking), that we just forget to take little baby steps towards making our house into a haven. There is a learning curve and it takes time to efficiently understand the whole process, but little baby steps go a long way.

I got side tracked often and didn’t accomplish all that I desired due to running spontaneous errands, but it still feels great to have made some baby steps

Next up for my freezer day was Apple Cider Baked Turkey. I cooked an 18 pound bird, deboned the meat, shredded and baggied the extras for future use.

We peeled, cooked, and baked fifteen pounds of potatoes in every way, shape and form.  I do believe that we only have three  pounds of potatoes  left. Have I mentioned that I am a carb addict?