It has been quite the rainy season this winter here in Bakersfield. Although heavy rains bring on its own challenge and concern, i.e. food, mud slide, car accidents, for the state that has been suffering from 5 years of drought, it feels good to have all these rains. My daughters finally get to wear their rain boots and rain coats, and splash around outside and they love it. However, they are not a big fan of the cold. Every morning they come downstairs in their robes or a blanket wrapped around them. They sit in front of our small electric heater, and ask me for hot tea or hot cocoa. For a cold morning like this, toast, waffles, or yogurt with fruits just do not cut it. You want something hearty and warm.
We received extra apples from our CSA pick up, and the apples are not quite crispy enough to bite into it. So, we have been enjoying them as a topping for our oatmeal.
Oatmeal with Honey Caramelized Apple
Oatmeal, cooked - follow the direction of the package. I usually buy organic rolled oats from bulk section of the store, and cook as follows: boil 2 cups of water and add 1 cup of oats. Lower the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes stirring occasionally until it reaches desired thickness.
2-3 apples, sliced and peeled. You do not have to peel them but I don't like apple peels when they are cooked.
1 tbsp butter or coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla (optional)
1-2 tbsp of honey
- Heat the non-stick or cast iron skillet on medium heat. Add butter, and as soon as the butter melts, add sliced apples. You do not want to wait too long as butter starts to smoke. Coat apple with melted butter and sauté a few minutes each side.
- Add cinnamon and vanilla (optional) and stir lightly .
- Turn off the heat and add honey. Honey will immediately melts with the heat from the pan, and starts caramelizing. Carefully but quickly coat all the apple with honey as it happens.
- Put the cooked and hot (or warm) oatmeal in a bowl, and top it with the caramelized apple. Sprinkle it with a little extra cinnamon if you like. If you like to add more sweetness to the oatmeal, you can use honey or maple syrup, but caramelized apple is often sweet enough.
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