Anna Maria Locke

Hot Cross Bun oatmeal: part 1 in a Series

[that is supposed to be an icing cross, not a mountain waterfall]

I admit that I am completely addicted to oatmeal. I don't know why I haven't ever posted about this before. 
Whenever I actually have time to make breakfast at home, nothing else sounds good enough in the mornings (unless it is hot out, when I pursue my love affair with cereal, but that is a story for another day).

I've decided to start posting a series of my favorite oatmeal recipes whenever I do have a rare amazing moment to have stovetop oatmeal for breakfast, in the hopes of convincing the world that oatmeal is amazing and full of wonder. If you don't realize that you are also an oatmeal fan, I hope to bring you to the light. 

Starting with the Easter-appropriate Hot Cross Bun Oats! Lightly zesty, studded with dried berries, and drizzled with powdered sugar frosting. Oh, yes.

The best part about oatmeal is that you can take your favorite dessert recipe and easily convert it into a healthy form that is even more satisfying.
Please do not ever use "instant" oats. The "old-fashioned" kind only take 4 more minutes to cook, and are so much thicker and chewier! If you have a health food section of your grocery store with bulk bins, you can get organic thick rolled oats for very, very, cheap.  Okay enough blabbing, I didn't realize I cared this much about the topic. 

Hot Cross Bun Oatmeal
(serves 1...)
-1/2 cup old fashioned oats
-1/2 cup water
-1/2 cup milk
-dash of salt
-raisins or currants and other dried fruit you have around
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-dash of coriander
-dash of nutmeg
-orange and lemon zest (just a little bit.)
-1 teaspoon powdered sugar

Heat water, milk, dried fruit, and dash of salt in a small pot on the stove.
When it is boiling (WATCH THE MILK), stir in the oats.
Add cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, and citrus zest.
Cook until oats are done and liquids are absorbed (~5-8 mins)
Stir in the vanilla and remove from heat.
Mix the powdered sugar with a couple drops of milk or water to make icing
Top the oatmeal with an artful drizzle of sugar, as well as some butter and more milk if you like.


On another note, I can't believe it's Sunday night.  I don't know where my weekend went !! I think all this sunshine and warm weather is wiping me out, because I've been feeling very lethargic and lazy. Or maybe just thinking about diving in to the craziness of another busy week is making me tired.
I need to snap out of it!