Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Breakfast #30: Maple Steel Cut Oats with Cinnamon Apples

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There is nothing both so soothing and so promising in the early morning light than melting a pat of butter in a hot skillet.

Well, except for listening to my espresso machine sputter out its dark liquid treasure while being enveloped by its hypnotic aroma – but that’s not happening anytime soon lest I inadvertently pass some caffeine to Little C, which I will ultimately end up paying for come bedtime!

So for now…butter. Golden and sunny and smelling of only good things. A little yellow island in your pan slipping and sliding and melting into the beginnings of deliciousness. If you were industrious and made some pancake batter the night before, you can lay ladlefuls of it in the pan, letting them cook in the hot butter. If you were up for most of the night feeding your little one while sneaking in some dvd watching (on the laptop with headphones!) with your other half, then maybe you can manage some French toast, likewise slipping them in to cook in the butter. Or, if you’ve snuck out of the room while everyone else was still asleep, and there hangs a lovely silence in the air (even in the middle of a busy city), perhaps you’d like to stir a pot of this while you count those blessings that seem to leap fresh in your mind in that early morning air.

Maple Steel Cut Oats with Cinnamon Apples
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 – 1 cup water
  • 1-2 tablespoons raisins
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup (depending on your taste and your maple syrup)
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks (I used a Fuji apple)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • A couple of dashes of cinnamon

- Heat the milk and water in a saucepan. When hot and small bubbles begin to form on the sides of the pan, stir in your oats. Let this cook over low heat for about 10-15 minutes then add the raisins and the maple syrup. Cook further, about 10-15 minutes more, stirring regularly, until oats are done to your liking. If it starts to dry out before the oats are done add a splash more milk.
- In a hot skillet melt the butter. When the butter starts to bubble, add the apple and sprinkle over the sugar. Stir gently until all the apple pieces are coated evenly. Add a couple of dashes of cinnamon (I give it two shakes) and stir again to make sure everything is distributed evenly. Swish the pan around – this helps! Cook for about 5-10 minutes or until the apples are starting to soften but still have a crunch and the butter/sugar mixture is bubbly and coating the apples.
- Divide the oats into two bowls. Top with some of the apple – don’t forget to drizzle some of the caramel-y sauce onto your oats as well!
- Serves two.

You may have some apple left (or maybe not). If so, save them to top your mid-afternoon yogurt.

39 comments:

christine said...

Heaven in a bowl! That looks so good, Jo. I wanna make some for me this weekend. :)

Divina Pe said...

This is absolutely pure comfort in a bowl. It's nice to have steel cut oats in the cupboard when hunger strikes.

Gattina said...

seem this little ma'ma still can't wean coffee :P J, cinnamon, apple and oat are my top favorite, this breakfast is absolutely fabulous!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

My favorite oatmeal combo! Really delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

Barbara said...

A beautiful breakfast Joey. I have oats every morning but have never added apples this way.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Nens! I thought of you while I was making and eating this! Struck me of a breakfast you would enjoy :) Especially as you gave me that fantastic maple syrup from Canada :)

Hi Divina! It sure is…any type of oatmeal is a comfort food for me!

Hi Gattina! I fear what would happen if she stays up even more than she already does! Glad you like this breakfast :)

Hi Rosa! It is a great combo :)

Hi Barbara! Thank you :) It’s lovely with the apples!

Karine said...

This looks amazing! Great way to start the day :)

Malou@IMPROMPTU said...

it's 540 am, and the alarm buzzes, i struggle to crawl out of bed... i have to brew some coffee i thought, then the sight of this laptop on the breakfast table lured me and i gave in. checked my email and lo and behold, i saw that you stopped by my virtual kitchen. it woke me up... then i lurked into your kitchen, i saw this bowl of oats with cinnamon apples jumping off my screen...hmmmm this is just waht i needed!
thanks for the post and THANK YOU for stopping by! I was thrilled to see you stop by!

Amy said...

What lovely, comforting looking recipe! Espcially since I just purchased my first bag of steel-cut oats. I found them in the organic foods section at my grocery store, and used them for Irish Soda Bread, which was the first recip on my Irish cooking blog. My family enjoys oatmeal, so I'll have to try this recipe to make use of the rest of the oats!

Manggy said...

Uh, yes please. I was so mesmerized by the thought of this dish that I almost didn't comprehend the introductory paragraphs, lol :) It's weird cos there was a time I was so sick of oatmeal, I'd drown it in condensed milk!

Sean Thomas McGill said...

Reviewing as many food blogs as I can looking for good recipes for desserts for a chef test I have on Friday. I love the simplicity of this one.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Karine! Thanks…it is! :)

Hi Malou! Nice to know this post made you smile early this morning :) It was good to visit your kitchen as well!

Hi Amy! I love oatmeal and all kinds of grainy wheat-y things :) Hope you enjoy this! Do let me know if you try it :)

Hi Manggy! Haha! I still have condensed milk with it sometimes ;) Not because I get sick of it but just because I love condensed milk!

Hi Sean… thanks :)

HealthJunkie said...

Yummy! That looks too delicious. I write a blog about food too. Come check it out if you like.

HealthJunkie

Peabody said...

Now that looks like a great way to start the day!

Peabody said...

Now that looks like a great way to start the day!

Marvin said...

making pancake batter the night before? genius!

And your homemade oatmeal with apples beats the pants off the instant quaker stuff i'm used to, i'm sure.

cookeaze said...

These look absolutely amazing.oats are totally my weakness and going to try something new with apples with tips from your recipe.

ChichaJo said...

Thanks HealthJunkie :)

Hi Peabody! Thanks…indeed it was :)

Hi Marvin! You can put the pancake batter in a pitcher in the fridge and the next morning just pout onto the pan :) Old fashioned oats or steel cut oats are much yummier than instant…just needs a little more time to prepare :)

Hi Cookeaze! I love oats too…and the apples go splendidly with them :)

Anne said...

oh wow! these looks really good...

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Mmm... I love the crunchy heartiness of steal cut oats. And those cinnamon apples are pure comfort food. Great recipe, Joey!

WizzyTheStick said...

Yum. I really need to start eating breakfast!

Junglefrog said...

Hmm, I can almost smell the delicious smells that must be coming out of your kitchen..! I never take the time during the week to make something special for breakfast but I really should be doing that more often!

About me said...

Omgosh, I love this for breakfast.

pippapatchwork said...

That looks so delicious, thank you for sharing! I'm so glad I've found your blog, I look forward to keeping up with it.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Anne! It was! And super easy to make :)

Hi Susan! That’s one of the reasons I love steel cut as well :) Thank you!

Hi Wizzy! You should! It’s the most important meal of the day :)

Hi Junglefrog! You won’t regret it! I don’t whip up special breakfasts every day, but we all deserve a little something nice a couple of times a week at least :)

Glad you like it Zoe!

Hi Pippa! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a cooment!

katiez said...

The smell of melting butter.... and cinnamon.... and apples....
The only thing better is the evening smell of melting butter and onions.
Okay, maybe equal, not better.

katiez said...

The smell of melting butter.... and cinnamon.... and apples....
The only thing better is the evening smell of melting butter and onions.
Okay, maybe equal, not better.

Midge said...

This is a really lovely breakfast, Joey. I'd have it - with OR without the coffee. :)

AJ said...

Beautiful descriptions! Returning your visit! This looks LOVELY!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Katiez! Oh yes! So true…love that smell as well :) Then there is the bread baking smell…mmm!

Hi Midge! Thanks! One day I will have it with the coffee again! :)

Hi AJ! Thank you :)

Nayna said...

that's a lovely photo. girls who love their butter are muy hot.
i like seeing the buttery apple caramel layer seeping into the oats. it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

i used to feel a Calvin-esque hate towards oats until i took it upon myself to grab a pot, use more liquid, take more time (and sugar milk butter and cinnamon..plus a wayward banana or apple).

The first bite of lovingly cooked oats pretty much did away with years of cold, thick sleepy moutfuls of instant mush.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Nayna! I love people who aren’t scared of butter :) When you prepare things yourself, with love and attention, they really turn out much better! That’s one of the things I love about cooking…

Jeanne @ Cooksister! said...

Now THAT'S how a breakfast should look. I can smell those cinnamonny apples from here!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Jeanne! I surely think so :) Love waking up to a bowl of this!

Anonymous said...

This is the most wonderful steel cut oat recipe I've found. I make it every Sunday morning. Thanks for the recipe!

Sandra said...

I love this meal! I make it often and only wish I had found it sooner!

Jess B said...

I just found you yesterday and made this this morning....except I substituted some fresh peaches in place of the apples since I had them in the house and it's peach season. All I can say is OH YUM! I will be back :)

Lucia M. said...

could you recommend a way to replace the syrup and the sugar? I'm on weight watchers and I really want to eat oat meal but can't find a good way

ChichaJo said...

Hi Lucia! For the oatmeal I am sure you can sweeten it to taste with whatever sweetener you are allowed on your diet :) For the apples you could probably just poach these unsweetened and then mix into the oatmeal in the end :)