Will you please forgive me for my obsession with oatmeal? You ought to, because I took the time to nail down a more exact duplication of the Panera strawberry steel cut oatmeal recipe that has been so popular here on the blog. (I first took a stab at duplicating it here.)
Today’s recipe comes to you from my kitchen table. It’s 9 a.m. on a weekday and I’m still in my pajamas. What can I say, when I get rolling on something that has me all fired up and excited and I don’t have to take the kids to school (thanks MacDaddy!), even the call from my closet can’t stop me. That’s one of the things that I love about working from home. Incidentally, now that the kids have been in school for so long, I have a hard time calling myself a Stay At Home Mom. Let’s face it. That title just might be reserved for the preschool and under days. These days, I’ve been spending a large portion of my time working toward new goals that involve more than being a Home C.E.O. and it has been a blast! But more on that later…
About those oats. They were an essential part of getting me on track and focused this morning. Oldest’s car wouldn’t start, so while MacDaddy hastily taught him how to use jumper cables, I wrote an excuse note for his tardiness on paper titled ‘Today is Awesome’. No sarcasm intended. As soon as all four of my guys were safely on their way, I took a deep breath and decided to make breakfast. It suddenly dawned on me that I had strawberries on hand and I knew it was the perfect day to hone my attempt at recreating my favorite oatmeal.
Usually I don’t take the time to make steel cut oats in the morning. If it’s not waiting for us in a crockpot, it’s not happening. BUT, the stovetop method does yield a firmer bowl of oats than even my most recent overnight version. The trick this morning was to try to also recreate the crunchy cinnamon sugar topping that comes on Panera’s strawberry oats. Just as I suspected, using washed raw sugar is the key. I stirred it up with a little cinnamon and I think we have a winner!
I also made a nice, big pot of dark roast coffee. Can you tell? I am jazzed! You should try it. :)
Panera Strawberry Steel Cut Oats, take 2
4 cups water
1 cup Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal
Washed Raw Sugar
Bring water to a rapid boil. Stir in oats. When they have softened slightly and the mixture is beginning to get smooth and thicken, reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Combine raw sugar with cinnamon (about 2 T. sugar to 1/4 t. cinnamon?).
Spoon cooked oats into a bowl. I add the tiniest pat of butter for a little richness, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and sliced strawberries. Enjoy!
Leftover oats will keep in the fridge for a few days. Reheat in the microwave with a splash of milk, stir, and add your toppings.
This was the quickest post, photos shot with my IPhone because I need to get my DSLR camera serviced. I hope you give this oatmeal a try because it is mighty tasty! As for me, I can hear the call from my closet and the rumble of my to-do list getting louder. Ta-ta for now!