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Oatmeal with Apples

(recipe, Carrie Floyd)


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Introduction

This recipe originated with my brother Jamie, who used to make it when he lived and worked at a fire station while going to college. Over the years I’ve embellished it with a variety of condiments.

Ingredients

    Oatmeal
    1. 4 cups water
    2. Pinch of salt
    3. 2 apples, cored and chopped
    4. ¼ tsp. cinnamon
    5. Pinch of ground cloves
    6. 1½ Tbsp. brown sugar
    7. 2½ cups old-fashioned oats
    Toppings
    1. Milk
    2. Brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey
    3. Chopped almonds or hazelnuts
    4. Raisins, dried cranberries, or cherries

    Steps

    1. In a medium saucepan, combine water with a pinch of salt, apples, spices, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer and cook until apples just begin to soften. Stir in oats and continue to cook for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the oats from sticking to the bottom. (Cook less time for a coarser texture, longer for creamier.)
    2. To serve, divide oatmeal into bowls. On the table place a pitcher of milk and small bowls filled with your choice of sweeteners, chopped nuts, and dried fruit. Let each person garnish the oatmeal to his or her taste.