Friday, November 2, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

I just can't get enough of apples and cinnamon!  By far one of my favorite non-chocolate combinations. I'm the type that has my apple spice candle going year round.  Love the smell, love the taste (of apples and cinnamon, not candles) Love, love love!  When I saw this recipe for apple cinnamon baked oatmeal, instantly I knew I had to try it soon.  How could you go wrong with apples and cinnamon and oatmeal all baked together in wonderful perfection.  I have had texture issues, though, in the past with apples and oatmeal -- but since the apples bake so long they are nice and tender and really remind of me apples from apple pie.  YUM!  Seriously, I could have kept eating this oatmeal after I finished my bowl.

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

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. 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. Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  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, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla.  Stir the liquid mixture into the oat mixture. Spread the cooked apples over the bottom of a lightly greased 2 quart-ish baking dish.  Pour the oatmeal mixture on top of the apples.  Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving. Yield: 8 servings

*Note:  This makes quite a bit.  I actually quartered the recipe so that it only made 2 servings.  Also, if you don't like steel cut oats, you could probably just add another cup or two of the old fashioned oats.  I kind of like the combination of the two oats.  It gave it a little more of a chewy or "toothsome" texture.

*Another Note:  As I mentioned this does make quite a bit but it stores beautifully!  It is even great eaten cold (though I do preferred mine warmed up).  I kid you not I went to bed and couldn't wait to wake up in the morning so I could eat my leftover oatmeal! Maybe I need to get a life, but seriously it was just as good the next day - so go ahead, make the full batch. :)

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