I can’t think of anything more satisfying on a wintry morning than a bowl of lightly sweetened hot oatmeal. When I was little my mom would spoon a little brown sugar and butter into our bowls before adding the oatmeal. The brown sugar and butter would melt together from the heat creating a syrup. We would swirl the oatmeal and syrup together then drown it in milk. So tasty.
This version is kissed with a touch of honey and a crispy layer of caramelized sugar. Oatmeal Brulee makes a wonderful snack after a morning in the snow too.
3 cups water or milk
2 cups oatmeal
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp honey or pure maple syrup
1/4 cup Almonds, walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup Raisins, cranberries or chopped apricots
Heat water and salt in a large saucepan to boiling. Stir in oatmeal; reduce heat to low and simmer five minutes. Stir in honey, raisins and almonds.
Spoon into 4 to 5 individual ramekins. Top with a thin layer of sugar, about 1/8-inch thick. Place ramekins directly under the broiler until it is brown and bubbling vigorously, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from oven. The melted sugar will harden once it starts to cool. Serve as is or with a splash of milk or cream.