Friday, 30 May 2014

Apple Pie Oatmeal


Apple-based desserts were something I adored as a child; I used to make an amazing apple crumble and this oatmeal is vaguely reminiscent of that. The warmth of the spices, the tenderness of the softened apple and the sweetness of the juicy raisins work perfectly with the creamy oats and create one of the most comforting bowls of oats you could possibly have. It really does feel like a hug in breakfast form and is a perfect meal to tuck into on chilly autumn and winter mornings, though it's almost summer where I live and I'm still eating it because it's just that delicious!





Ingredients
Serves 1
  • 1 apple (I love Pink Lady apples!)
  • 2/3 cup oats
  • 1 1/3 cups milk of choice
  • 2 tbsp raisins/sultanas/currants
  • 2 tsp mixed spice (if you don't have this just use 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp each of nutmeg and ginger)*

*To make cinnamon-apple oatmeal replace this with 2 tsp cinnamon.


Method

Chop 1/2 - 3/4 of the apple into bite-sized pieces and put them into a small saucepan along with the oats, raisins (or alternative) and milk. Turn the heat up to the highest setting and bring the milk to a boil; once it's boiling reduce the heat to the lowest setting and let it simmer for about two minutes, stirring occasionally, until it has thickened up a bit.

Stir the mixed spice into the oatmeal and let it cook for another three or four minutes, stirring occasionally, until it's at your desired consistency. When it's ready pour it into a bowl, add your toppings and enjoy! The rest of the apple is always a good topping and fresh fruit such as blueberries, raspberries or blackberries complement the flavours wonderfully. I also love having dried figs with mine!

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