Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Baked Oatmeal

Tired of instant oatmeal? Give this one a try. Mix it up and pop it in the oven before you have your shower, and when you are dry- voila! Breakfast- hot and tasty, taken from the Saskatchewan E.M.M.C. Ladies' cookbook.

3 cups Oatmeal (quick or old fashioned, but not instant)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 - 1 cup raisins (or chocolate chips)
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350* F. Spray a 9" square baking pan with cooking spray.

Mix oatmeal, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, sugar and raisins together. Make a well in the center of these dry ingredients. Into the well, measure the milk, eggs and vegetable oil. Stir together, starting in the center to mix the eggs with the milk. Mix until blended, with no dry bits. Scrape into prepared pan and bake for 20 - 25 minutes.

Serve with hot cinnamon milk. You can heat milk in a small saucepan on the stove, or in the microwave. For each cup of milk, use one cinnamon stick, which you will break into 2 or 3 pieces. For stovetop, heat and stir over low heat til milk is steaming. To microwave, measure milk into a glass measure; add the broken cinnamon stick and microwave on full power for about 2 minutes to heat milk through.

Makes 9 generous squares.

Note: Recipe can be easily halved and baked in an 8" round pan to serve 2-3. If you are serving a mixed crowd, you can divide the recipe and bake it in 2- 8" round pans. Half can be made with raisins and the other half with chocolate chips, or the dried fruit of your choice.

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