Monday, January 28, 2013

Creating the Pretense of A Leisurely Morning

I love mornings.
I love my first cup of coffee.
I love breathing the dark aroma and sipping the smoothness of cream as I sit and pretend that we have absolutely nothing to do for the rest of the day.  I breath in and pretend that everything is calm and peaceful while in reality the kids are running across the house from kitchen through dining room and into the living room. The pretense of a leisurely moment is furthered by the fact that I am not actively cooking breakfast.
We cook breakfast every day, but I have discovered the joys of baked breakfast.
We often eat Puff Pancakes, but recently I added baked oatmeal into the rotation of family breakfast.  Just like the Puff Pancakes, the baked oatmeal is a baked dish that allows me to just sit and sip and breath for twenty minutes.

Baked Oatmeal

1 cup oatmeal 
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons coconut flakes
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup walnut pieces 
1/2 cup berries (I use frozen blueberries) 

  • combine all of the dry ingredients
in a small sauce pan melt:

3 Tablespoons Butter


1 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • pour the liquid over the dry materials and place in the fridge overnight

  • bake the next morning at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 leisurely minutes and enjoy your cup of coffee!
  • serve with a bit of half and half (optional) poured over the top
Here is the final result along with my second cup of coffee:

By the way that gorgeous plate was made by Perry Haas.  More of his wood fired ceramics can be viewed (and purchased) HERE! 

1 comment:

  1. Ken and I will try this oatmeal technique! I have always DISLIKED cooking breakfast. This would make breakfast cooking seem less overwhelming. And thanks for sharing your ceramics teacher's site. I REALLY like his work. You are fortunate to be able to study with such an accomplished person!