Friday, October 21, 2005

pumpkin pumpkin everywhere

A week in pumpkin ...

I'll get around to posting the pumpkin muffins recipe this weekend, but this morning, I increased my pumpkin-quotient and made Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal with Golden Raisins and Baked Apples.

Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal with Golden Raisins and Baked Apples

2 apples
Scotish or Irish Oatmeal
4 T + 1 T Dark brown sugar
1/3 c golden raisins
8 T pumpkin puree (non spiced)
1/4 t cloves
1/4 t ginger
1/4 t cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of salt

toasted pecans or almond slices (optional)
1/4 c apple cider (optional)

Thinly slice 2 apples and sprinkle with 1 T of dark brown sugar and set under broiler for about 10 minutes, if toasting nuts, add nuts in the oven in the last two minutes or so.

Prepare oatmeal according to original package instructions, preferrably Scottish or Irish steel cut.
When the oatmeal is simmering, add pumpkin puree, and all the spices (cloves through salt), and add the glug of apple cider.

After the oatmeal is ready, place 1 rounded tablespoon of brown sugar at the bottom of each bowl, then cover with spiced pumpkin oatmeal, flood with milk and sprinkle golden raisins and apple slices on top, and nuts if you have them ...

Cold weather is made infinitely cozier through bowls of warm oatmeal.

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