Sunday, February 12, 2012

Creamy Oatmeal and Chunky Stovetop Applesauce

This simple and delicious brunch idea tastes like rich and creamy apple pie (in under 20 minutes)!

This is the kind of dish that I suspect people don't often think to make at home from scratch. Stove-top applesauce is a wonderful improvement on that bought in a jar. I like to serve mine atop a bowl of the ultimate creamy old-fashioned oatmeal- for the perfect brunch meal that in my opinion epitomizes mid-western style comfort food. Skip the instructions on the oatmeal's box and try this sweet and creamy recipe. It's the perfect match for the tart apple and cinnamon sauce.

On a lazy Sunday, I make this dish in the morning (in less than 15 minutes!) and pour it into a crock, then place it in a warm oven so it's ready for my family when they're up for it.

Serve both the oatmeal and the applesauce hot, top it with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg, and enjoy!

The Ultimate Creamy Oatmeal for 4

Bring to a simmer in a soup pot over medium heat:
4 cups milk
2 cups old-fashioned oats (not "quick cooking")
Pinch of salt

Once it simmers, lower the heat a touch and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir often (careful not to burn the milk). Remove from heat and fold in 4 tablespoons unsalted butter and 1/4 cup brown sugar (Okay-I will admit I use more like 6 tablespoons butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar. So in my case it's more of a dessert for brunch kind of meal). Let it cool for a couple minutes, then stir.

Stove-top Applesauce for 4
Can be made the night before and reheated for breakfast.

Peel and core 4 apples (I use Braeburn) and chop them into chunky bits.

Add 1/4 cup sugar, 1/8 (or more) teaspoon cinnamon, a pinch of fresh nutmeg and 1/3 cup water, tea or any yummy (unsweetened) liquid.

Bring to a boil over medium and cook with a lid on for 10 to 20 minutes until it reaches your desired consistency. Stir here and there as it simmers.

This applesauce is excellent over pancakes or flying dutchmans as well!

Enjoy your day!

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