Breakfast, always the hardest meal of the day for me. Not sure if "they" are still saying it is the most important meal of the day or not but many days I tend to skip it. Since I don't do cold cereal and the instant oatmeal is not my thing, well it just seems like so much work for that early in the morning. Also, bacon and eggs, sausage and eggs, scrambled eggs, omelets all get kind of boring after a while. Don't get me wrong, I love those things but there are times you just say No, give me something, anything else!
This morning was one of those mornings. I had pulled out some apples for my son's breakfast and I held it in my hand wondering, just wondering what it might become. My stomach starting clicking away at the possibilities. I could melt caramel and marshmallows over it. Oh yeah. I could drizzle it with chocolate and throw some blueberries and colored sprinkles over it. Ohh, ohh my stomach roared, put all of that on it and bake it. That's when the brain kicked in and tried to smother that which my stomach had created. Damn logical brain doesn't want gooey goodness in the morning. Why brain why? Ok how about a compromise. Bake the apples with brown sugar and butter and then smother them with cooked oats (and maybe marshmallows??). No ok, we'll go with the blueberries.
Apples (depending on how many people you are feeding, recipe is for 1 whole apple which feeds two people)
1/2 tsp Brown Sugar for each 1/2 apple
1/2 tsp butter for each 1/2 of apple
I used Rolled Oats:
1 cup Rolled Oats (I used Gluten Free)
2 Cups Water or 1 cup Water and 1 cup Milk
1 tsp Honey
1/4 tsp Salt
Cut apples in half and using a melon baller, scoop out the center but not all of it, just where the core is. If the apple will not sit so that it doesn't tilt, turn over and cut a small piece off so that it sits flat. Add the butter and the Brown Sugar to the center. Place on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
Place in preheated oven (375 degrees F or 190 C) for 20 minutes or just a tad less as I like my applies with a bit of crunch left to them
Meanwhile make the Rolled Oats. Place into sauce pan all ingredients. If using milk stir more often as it can easily burn. The oats will thicken as they cook. Keep an eye on them but they should be done in about 15 minutes if cooking at a medium low temp stirring occasionally.
When the apples are done take them out and plate. Pour the oats on top. You can top with more butter and brown sugar if you like but I don't think they need it. Serve with bacon or eggs or both!
My stomach and brain really enjoyed this breakfast. It had the right amount of sweetness and crispness. Throughly enjoyed breakfast this morning and yep, still had bacon with it. No marshmallows though.
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Single serving Nutritional information based on information obtained from http://www.caloriecount.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php
I love rice. Specifically I love sticky rice and I make it in my rice cooker. The problem is: What to do with left over rice. I mean really, you can only have reheated rice so many times. This morning I decided to try something a little different.
I also love rice pudding and when I googled what to do with left over rice it was all about the pudding. Hmm, well, if I make it a whole less sweet, add some fruit we can then call it breakfast....right?
This is the easiest recipe to make.
1 cup Cooked Rice
1 TBSP sugar or honey (really the sweetener of your choice)
1 cup Milk (any milk will do, coconut, almond, cow etc)
1/2 cup Heavy Cream (or just add more milk but adding the cream worked better)
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Cornstarch
1/4 tsp Salt
a very, very small pinch of cinnamon (you can overwhelm it if you use too much)
Add the rice, milk, sugar and cream to a small sauce pan. I have an electric stove and turned it to medium low (#4 on mine) and let it simmer. I stirred it every few minutes so that the bottom would not stick. Simmer it long enough that the rice absorbs the liquid till it is just covering it.
Add the vanilla, cinnamon and the cornstarch. I never add the cornstarch directly to anything. I take out about 1-2 TBSP and place in a new cup. Add the cornstarch to this and mix until it is smooth. Now add it to the stovetop mixture. Give it all a little whip
It should begin to bubble and get thicker at this point.
Remove from heat
place in a bowl and add fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts or whatever you fancy
This reheats very well also. You will probably have to add more milk or cream to reheat as it will continue to absorb any liquid after you place it in the refrigerator. I add more cream and zap for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between zaps until it is heated to the temperature of my choice.
I also fried an egg using Ghee in my iron skillet. I should have cooked up some bacon to go with it but hey, you can't have everything.
With Blueberries and Cherries