Many apologies for sparse updates. Working and reading (which are the same thing, these days) and just generally being in New York City have left me with little time or energy to cook. Or at least, to cook interesting things.
But! It’s the Fourth of July, tra la, and I’m home for a bit. So instead of making something mundane and expected for breakfast, I made…oatmeal. Which, okay, is kind of mundane and very expected of me. But this is baked oatmeal, which means it’s delicious enough to be almost like a coffee cake, but healthy enough that you can eat a quarter of the pan.
The recipe included melted butter, which means that I used browned butter. If you’ve never browned butter before, it basically just means cooking it in a saucepan until it gets all toasty and chestnut-colored and gets this wonderful caramelized flavor to it. You will not regret the extra time it takes. Besides, your oven takes a while to preheat. I know.
Blueberries are great because, well, they taste awesome when baked, but you could use any fruit you feel like, really. Bananas would be tasty, as would raspberries or (if you’re not me) some toasted walnuts or almonds. Go crazy! It’s breakfast!
Brown Butter Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
adapted from Joy the Baker
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (not instant or quick-cooking)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Dash nutmeg
- Dash salt
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg
- Splash vanilla extract
- Roughly 1/2 cup of blueberries, or to taste
Preheat your oven to 350º and butter your choice of 8x8, 9x9, or pie tin. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and cook it, watching carefully to prevent burning, until it is a mahogany color and smells nutty. Remove from heat and let cool.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine oats, sugar, spices, salt, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, milk, butter, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and fold in using a rubber spatula. Mix in blueberries gently and pour into prepared pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until oatmeal no longer jiggles and smells wonderful. Serve with more berries, milk, and/or yogurt.