Ah, Saturday mornings. There’s not much that beats waking up later than usual, lying in bed and listening to life stirring in various areas of the house, then having a relaxed hot cup of coffee while the young one watches the morning’s coveted cartoons. That’s one of the things that hasn’t changed since I was a kid. The televisions look and work a lot differently, the animation has certainly improved if the content has not, but for kids, Saturday morning is still about sitting on the floor, too close to the set and watching until bug-eyed or a parent breaks up the fun.
Then there’s breakfast. While most morning are a rushed experience with a piece of toast or cream cheese-covered bagel while running out the door to avoid being late for preschool, on Saturday more exciting foods show up. In our house pancakes are prized by everyone but me. I prefer the savory eggs and bacon over sweet any time. We usually have pancakes.
However, last night I was catching up on some of the fantastic blogs I follow and drooling over a few recipes and I came across Moogie & Pap’s Bruleed Oatmeal with Baked, Glazed Apples. Oatmeal reminds me of home. It’s comfort food. When I think of it, I picture coming down the stairs after having dressed for school, walking into the kitchen and seeing my mom at the stove, housecoat on, stirring a big pot of oatmeal, always made with milk, always loaded with golden raisins. It was heaven.
We continue to be an oatmeal family so I knew that this would go over well. This morning, I let my family know that I’d be making special oatmeal for them for breakfast so they waited while I followed Moogie’s instructions. The apples were cut up and baked with lemon, butter and brown sugar until they had a gooey glaze all over them. The oatmeal was make with milk (I added a tablespoon of sugar as well), then the brown sugar was put on top and broiled until it was perfect. Then I put the apples on top and it was gorgeous.
Other than adding a little sugar to the oatmeal, the only other things I did a little different than Moogie’s recipe were to make the oatmeal as one dish instead of individual servings and to sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top of the apples and broil them for a minute or so so there was some cinnamon flavor and a bit more color.
All three of us devoured this. The little one is a bit weird about cooked apples (she did eat several pieces raw), so she didn’t have those, but she inhaled three servings of oatmeal. This is an outstanding breakfast dish and one I’d serve to overnight guests in a heartbeat. How often does oatmeal look this gorgeous and taste this fantastic.
Thanks for a big winner, Moogie!