Oatmeal Brulee {with Ginger Cream}

Here’s a secret about me:

I eat oatmeal for breakfast every.single.day.

Okay, so it’s not really a secret.  It’s more like a really boring fact about me.

And when I say “oatmeal,” I really mean one of those brown packets you tear open, add water to, and cook for one minute in the microwave while guzzling a cup of coffee and heading out the door.  Not fancy, but something that is at least semi-healthy on crazy, frantic, workday mornings.

But I do really, really like oatmeal.  And if I could eat it this way every morning, I totally would.

Jazz up your boring, mundane oatmeal with fresh raspberries, dried apricots and cherries…and stick it under the broiler for a few minutes to caramelize the top.

And then pour ginger cream over the top.

Inhale and enjoy.

Oatmeal Brulee {with Ginger Cream}
 
Ingredients
For the Ginger Cream:
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 slices fresh gingerroot (about ¾-inch diameter)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
For the Oatmeal:
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup chopped dried apricots
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed
  • ¼ cup sugar
Method
  1. In a small saucepan, bring the cream, ginger, cinnamon and orange peel to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain; discard the solids. Stir in nutmeg and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring water to a boil. Add the oats, apricots, cherries, and salt; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in brown sugar and ¼ cup ginger cream. Cover and let stand for 2 minutes.
  3. Spray 4 10-ounce ramekins with non-stick spray. Add raspberries evenly between all four ramekins. Spoon the oatmeal over the top and sprinkle with sugar. Place ramekins on a baking sheet. Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat for 7 to 9 minutes or until the sugar is caramelized. Serve with remaining cream.
Notes
recipe from Taste of Home

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15 Comments

  1. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    You just made boring old oatmeal gorgeous:-) I would eat this every day too…if I was a morning person that it is! I am loving all that fruit that you packed into this yummy breakfast!!!
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    • Ashley

      Well, I don’t know that I’m really a “morning person,” either, but I do have to eat first thing when I wake up. Aaaaand, have a big cup of coffee. 🙂

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  2. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    i used to eat banana walnut oatmeal every single day in college for breakfast.t I got SO bored with it that I just stopped one day – I haven’t had oatmeal in about 5 years! I need to get excited about it again. This looks like the perfect way to do so Ashley! 🙂
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    • Ashley

      I’ve been back on forth on my oatmeal kicks…I’ll eat it for a long time, get tired of it, then start eating it again. I’m just trying to figure out a way I can eat this version at my desk at work. 🙂

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    • Ashley

      Thanks, Jessica. This is definitely better than the packaged stuff. 🙂

      Reply
    • Ashley

      Thanks, Chandra!

      Reply
  3. Shirley

    Wow, so much better than my boring steel cut oats. Way to make something bland look amazing!

    Reply
  4. amy @ fearless homemaker

    Yummy! I go through phases where i’ll eat oatmeal every single morning, too. Oddly, I like it the most in the summer, when I can toss in fresh summer fruit. I need to get into it in the fall/winter, too, so it can warm me up on the chilly mornings!
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    • Ashley

      I agree, Amy. I love tossing in fresh berries–best way to eat oatmeal, if you ask me. 🙂

      Reply
  5. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork

    Wow!! I’ve never seen oatmeal look so good! I’m gonna make this over the weekend. My hubby will be out of town so I can eat all of the girly things (like this) all I want!
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    • Ashley

      LOL. This is definitely more of a “girlie” breakfast. My husband, good guy that he is, ate this with me…but I know he really wanted biscuits and gravy! 🙂

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    • Ashley

      Oatmeal definitely isn’t for everyone and it also has a weird texture thing going on. I used to hate it…and then I don’t know what happened. I really love it! Especially in cookies. 🙂

      Reply

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