Steel-Cut Oatmeal with a Crispy Maple Crust
Yesterday's temperature of 37 degrees was to be the high of the next week. Days are turning colder and nights in the mid-teens are absolutely frigid. On days such as these it's important to start the day off right with a strengthening breakfast such as this delicious bowl of steel cut oats with a broiled topping and garnish of fruit. McCann's Steel Cut Irish oats are the only oats for me. They're deeply flavorful, hearty, and lend themselves well to any type of embellishment that you can manage to dream up while they're simmering away on the top of the stove.
To prepare this tasty dish, simply follow the directions on the oatmeal can (or box) to serve 4. While it's cooking combine 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar and 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans. Once the oatmeal is done, divide it among four ovenproof bowls. Divide the brown sugar mixture among the bowls being certain to sprinkle the mixture over the entire surface of the oatmeal.
Heat the broiler to high and set the rack 5 to 6 inches from the heat source. Place the bowls on a baking sheet and broil in the oven for 1 to 3 minutes until dark brown and bubbly. Remove and sprinkle with dried cranberries, raisins, or dried cherries. Garnish with slices of banana. Serve with milk, if desired.
What a warm and healthy way to start the day. Have a great weekend everyone!