First off, I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me in the Manly Cupcake Challenge - I was chosen as the People's Choice! Along with two other final finalists, my recipe will be tested by the amazing bakers at C&C Cakery and a winner will be chosen. Congrats to the other finalists, whose cupcakes looked delicious!
On to the recipe...
This weekend I was fortunate enough to visit my favorite tea store, Sensibiliteas. The owner, Donnalynn recommended a delicious twist on traditional oatmeal, which is laid out below. The beauty is that you can cater it to your taste - want your oatmeal fruitier? Try their Peaches n' Cream spiced black tea. Are you preparing oatmeal for a traditional tea drinker? Perhaps they'd like it made with Earl Grey. The possibilities are endless.
Oatmeal is a nutritious and very very easy to make, as long as you keep an eye on what type of oats you buy. Rolled oats (also called old-fashioned oats) are what I've used here. Steel cut oats, also delicious, would work in this recipe, just be sure to extend your cooking time since they do take a bit longer to complete. More information about oats can be found here.
Original oatmeal recipe adapted from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything.
Ingredients (makes 2 servings)
- 2 tsp OR 2 tea bags of your favorite spiced black tea (I used Sensibiliteas' Organic Vanilla Chai)
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 1 cup rolled oats (NOT instant)
- dash of salt
- 1/3 cup of your favorite dried fruit, optional (I used raisins)
- additional toppings, such as cream, maple syrup, brown sugar, or toasted walnuts
- Boil water for tea. When water has come to a boil, measure out 2 1/4 cups into a small saucepan.
- Steep tea in hot water for 3-5 minutes.
- Remove tea bag from water. Add oats and salt. Cover and bring to a boil.
- When water comes to a boil, turn heat to low, add dried fruit if using, and cook, covered, for another 5-7 minutes until oatmeal is tender.
- Remove from heat and serve with any additional desired toppings.
The hardest thing about writing this entry is that there is no Scratch-n-Sniff on the internet. The smell of the oatmeal simmering in a blend of cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, and cloves permeated the kitchen, but obviously didn't show up in the photo. If you have any interest in oatmeal, I recommend giving this a try!
**Note: I was not compensated in any way by Sensibiliteas for this post. I am simply a fan of her products!