Ok, I know this isn't really a food blog, but I love to cook (and to eat!)... so a bit of food blog-ery is inevitable.
The other day, our office had "Apple Day". We have a Wellness Committee that does healthy, educational activities every quarter or so. Anyway, we were all encouraged to bring a tasty apple dish to share. I'm a big fan of big breakfasts, so I decided to make Apple Baked Oatmeal.
I'd never made baked oatmeal before. I only knew that I loved the oatmeal from Alterra, and that I could probably recreate something akin to it. 40 minutes of internet trolling later, I had a few recipes to cull from. From there, as is my standard practice in the kitchen, I winged it.
Here's what happened:
The house smelled amazing. Despite having had a large dinner, my mouth was watering. Did I really have to share?? But I did share. And it was a huge hit. And now, I share it with you:
Apple Baked Oatmeal
2 c Rolled oats
1 1/2 c Steel Cut Oats
5 1/2 c Water
1/2 c Apple Cider
2 medium Apples, diced (I used Fuji, for their texture and tang)
2 Eggs, beaten
1/2 c Brown Sugar
2 teas. Cinnamon
1/2 teas. Ground Nutmeg
1/2 teas. Salt
1 teas. Vanilla Extract
1 tbsp. Melted Butter
1/3 c Dried Cranberries
1/3 c Chopped Pecans
Mix all ingredients in a greased 9 x 13" baking dish. Bake, Covered at 350 for 40 minutes. Stir well. Bake uncovered another 30 mins, or until set and slightly browned on top.
*This recipe is very forgiving. Take this as a starting point, and modify to your own taste/ dietary needs.
You can bet I'll be keeping this one in the quiver for the next time I need to feed brunch to a crowd!