Thursday, June 26, 2008

Steel Cut Oatmeal

1 cup steel cut oats
4 ¼ cups water
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup dried blueberries/currants/other fruit (optional)
fresh fruit, maple syrup and/or butter, for serving

Bring water to boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Slowly stir in the steel cut oats. When oatmeal begins to thicken, reduce heat to medium. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes (check the oatmeal and stir occasionally). For the last 5-10 minutes, add salt, vanilla and dried fruit (if desired). Remove from heat when the oatmeal has reached the desired consistency. If you like thick oatmeal, continue cooking for an extra five minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.

Top with butter, syrup and/or fresh fruit. Serves 4.

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