Our Childhood Staple Grows Up —
Oatmeal is one of those simple, wonderful foods we never outgrow. It’s one of the first solid foods most of us eat as a child. It’s healthy—containing fiber and protein we need in a thriving diet.
Oatmeal has remained popular for a variety of reasons. The first is, of course, that the population has a continual supply of little ones to nourish. Second, it’s inexpensive, tasty and healthy. And third, it’s virtually a blank slate to prepare and flavor as we wish. Oats are commonly used in muffins, breads, and cookies.
I decided to give this staple a posh treatment by adding a brulée topping, always found on one of my favorite desserts, classic crème brulée. It was easy, and the result was scrumptious.
2 cups of water
1 ¼ cup old fashioned oats (not the instant variety)
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 Tbsp. sugar for brulée topping
Fresh fruit for garnish
To prep dishes for serving, place four single-serve ramekins on a cooking sheet and fill each container with boiling water (a tea kettle is easiest). Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, bring water, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon to a boil.
Stir in oats, cover, and turn off the heat.
Let stand for five minutes or until oats are done. If oats are thicker than you prefer, add boiling water, a tablespooon at a time.
Empty and dry the warm ramekins. Divide the oats between the ramekins and sprinkle each with a tablespoon of sugar. Using a kitchen torch, caramelize the sugar creating a crunchy topping.
Garnish with fresh fruit and serve immediately.