Monday, April 29, 2013

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

I know I just posted a baked oatmeal recipe a couple of weeks ago, but I have really been enjoying these for breakfast.  This one had a layer of sweetened sauteed apple slices in the bottom of the casserole dish and the oatmeal layer baked on top.  This version combined both some steel-cut oats and old fashioned oatmeal for different textures.  It also had some brown sugar in both the apples and the oatmeal as well as maple syrup in the oatmeal mixture.  I found this to be a little too sweet so I have adjusted the recipe below slightly to cut back on the sweetness just a bit.

This recipe does take a bit of time (over an hour), so it is a good one for weekend cooking.

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
Makes 8 servings

For the apples:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 large apples, peeled and sliced (your favorite variety)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon brown sugar

For the oatmeal:
1 cup steel cut oats
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 cups hot water
3 cups old fashioned oats
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup raisins (preferably organic)
1/2 cup milk (I used coconut milk)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place the steel cut oats in a large bowl with the butter.  Pour the hot water over the oats and cover the bowl.  Let stand for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Meanwhile cook the apples - melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Stir in the apple slices, cinnamon, and sugar.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are golden brown and caramelized, about 15 minutes.  Remove from the heat.

After the steel cut oats have finished soaking, stir in the old fashioned oats, brown sugar, salt  cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Stir in the dried fruit.  In a bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the milk, apple sauce, maple syrup, and vanilla.  Stir the liquid mixture into the oat mixture.

Spread the cooked apples over the bottom of a lightly greased 2 1/2 quart baking dish.  Pour the oatmeal mixture on top of the apples.  Bake uncovered 35-40 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving.

Slightly adapted from Annie's Eats

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