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Vanilla Raisin Steel Cut Oatmeal

Cook Time40 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 2 -3

Ingredients

  • For the raisins:
  • cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • For the oatmeal:
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup regular steel-cut oats not quick cooking
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • For the other toppings:
  • Raw or Brown Sugar
  • Half-n-Half or Heavy Cream

Instructions

  • For the raisins:
  • Place the raisins in a shallow, microwave-proof dish. Add the vanilla. Add water to the dish just to cover the raisins. Microwave until the water is very warm but not boiling. Alternative method: If you don't want to microwave, pour hot (not boiling) water over the raisins. Allow the raisins to steep in the hot water a minimum of 15 minutes to overnight. Drain the raisins and place them on a paper towel to dry.
  • For the oatmeal:
  • Bring four cups of water with ½ teaspoon salt added to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and slowly add the oats to the water, stirring constantly.
  • If the oats are cooked on too high a heat a gummy foam may form on top. It can be skimmed of with a spoon. It is just the starch from the oats and is perfectly edible if you chose to leave it.
  • Continue to cook over low heat, stirring frequently for 30-45 minutes until the water has absorbed and the oatmeal texture is to your liking. We like ours on the dry side.
  • Remove the oatmeal from the stove and immediately spoon into serving bowls. Top with the sugar and raisins. Drizzle with the cream or half-n-half just before serving.