Baked oats and fruit - a sort of solid, fruity, spicy porridge. Eaten for breakfast, but with echoes of pudding. All the recipes I found for it are American, and most refer to it as Amish oatmeal. So the recipe has an old fashioned, healthy German-Swiss heritage to it, which really appeals to me.
Oats are mixed with eggs, milk, a little sugar and loads of fruit and then baked in a pie dish the oven. My final recipe below is an amalgamation of loads of different ones I found online. I reduced the sugar content to a fraction of the American versions, because I really don't like my food very sweet, and I upped the fruit content to compensate.
The whole family adore this, and what should feed about six people disappears between the four of us in about ten minutes flat. G, C and I like ours with natural yogurt on top and O likes hers plain. Yesterday both G and O had third helpings.
Amish baked oatmeal
- 3 cups porridge oats
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice
- 1 cup chopped fruit or berries (I used blueberries)
- 1 cup stewed fruit (I used apple)
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 100g butter, melted or vegetable oil
This is so easy to make that you could mix it all up while you are half-asleep and then go back to bed with a cup of tea and the new copy of Mollie Makes while it cooks. For instance. The smell while it cooks will drive you crazy with desire, and eventually force you out of bed and downstairs so that you can eat great, greedy bowlfuls of it for breakfast, washed down with another cup of tea.
I mean really. What's not to like about winter when you've got this to get you going in the morning?
~~~~~~~~~~This would be amazing with any combination of fruit. I've seen many different permutations online:
- stewed rhubarb and chopped apple, with ground ginger in place of the cinnamon
- stewed blueberries and chopped peaches
- stewed apple and mixed frozen berries (no need to defrost them first)
- stewed plums and chopped apples
- stewed apple and chopped pears