I’m a breakfast person and one of my go to meals is oatmeal with apples, cranberries, and cinnamon. I even have a special bowl just for my oatmeal, I think that may make me an oatmeal snob! I did a post on how I make my morning oatmeal, Creamy Spiced Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. If you click over you can see my special oatmeal bowl.
Why am I talking about oatmeal again, well I went to my favorite bakery in Santa Rosa, CA called Criminal Baking Co. and Noshery, and in their case of beautiful pastries they had Baked Oatmeal. What? Baked Oatmeal, never had it, but I was intrigued because it looked like a piece of cake. But after some serious interrogation, I learned the secret to their Baked Oatmeal, and ordered a slice, warmed up and served with lemon curd. It was goooood!
In case you are ever in Santa Rosa make sure you visit Criminal Baking. It’s off the beaten path, down a little side street, seats about 12 and serves some amazing pastries.
I live two hours from Santa Rosa and seriously I want some more of that baked Oatmeal. Since I’m not going back anytime soon I decided to make my own, and I think I nailed it.
This oatmeal contains all the ingredients I would put in my bowl of creamy oatmeal; oatmeal (of course), apples, brown sugar, cranberries, pecans, cinnamon, and milk, plus I added an egg, butter and baking powder. I still needed something more to bind the oatmeal and give it moisture, so instead of apple chunks, I put in applesauce. That’s it!
So let’s bake. Here are the ingredients.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees, then mix all your ingredients in a bowl and pour into an 8″ x 8 ” baking dish.
30 minutes later you have this lovely dish of golden brown, moist and tender Baked Oatmeal. A slice of this keeps me filled up all morning.
Mmm, my kitchen is smelling so good right now. I’m letting the oatmeal cool just a bit and then serving it warm.
- 2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal (uncooked)
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1½ cups milk (I use whole milk)
- ½ cup applesauce
- 2 tbls. melted butter
- 1 large egg, beaten
- ¼ cups dried cranberries or your favorite fruit
- ¼ cup chopped pecans, optional
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Combine the oatmeal, brown sugar and baking powder in a large bowl
- In another bowl mix together the applesauce, milk, melted butter and beaten egg.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mix to combine.
- Stir in the cranberries and pecans.
- Pour into an 8 x 8" pan, sprayed with cookie spray.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until set and browned.
- Serve warm.
Here are some serving tips for your oatmeal. I like mine warm with apples, but you can add a variety of toppings such as: yogurt, maple syrup or some heavy cream.
Next time I bake this oatmeal I am doubling the recipe and using a 13 x 9 pan. Hubby thought this was incredible and had it for supper too.