Crème brûlée oatmeal

photo2Nothing good to report on the oven/stove front.

The happy news this week is limited to a) getting over a nasty cold b) going back to France this weekend for mom’s birthday.

I have yet to finish packing…but before I rush off, I wanted to share this wonderful treat, inspired by a breakfast at my favorite neighborhood spot, Back Forty West.

Perhaps, you’ll make it this weekend for an easy and delicious breakfast or brunch treat.

This is the kind of oatmeal that will delight both kids and adults. They may even fight each other for it!

Tips: Use a kitchen torch if you have one and feel comfortable doing so, otherwise you can pop this in the broiler to get the top all toasty.

Crème brûlée oatmeal

You’ll need:

(per serving)

  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 T brown sugar (can also use maple sugar)
  • 2 T mascarpone
  • 1 T candied pecans
  • milk (if you’re using it to make the oatmeal)
  • a tiny pinch of salt

1. Cook oats according to package instructions, adding a tiny pinch of salt.

I usually make oatmeal with water instead of milk, but you can use milk, if you’d like. There is more than enough richness in the dish to make up for it though.

Set oven/broiler to broil, if you’re not using a torch.

2. Roughly chop the pecans and fold gently into the oatmeal.

3. You will need to use an oven-safe dish.

Scoop the mascarpone into the dish, then layer the oatmeal on top.

photo34. Top with sugar and brûlée (or broil) until toasty brown. You can substitute maple sugar for brown sugar if you have a real sweet tooth.

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  1. Does this double up as health food? I love desserts which have some wholesome characteristic to them, my favourite being brown bread ice cream. Odd I know but porridge and crispy brûlée, could become my new one.

    • saffronandhoney saffronandhoney says:

      Thanks, David! I think this could be either a “healthy dessert” or a “breakfast treat” – your pick :)

  2. Such a delicious way to enjoy ones oatmeal. I don’t think it gets better than a brûlée crust like this. Oh yes, bonus mascarpone later makes it more so!

  3. Well, this is a real treat! I love oatmeal, but this is oatmeal extraordinaire! I can’t wait to give this recipe and technique a try. I may buy that kitchen torch yet. :-) Lovely!

  4. Wow, Ksenia, this looks so delicious! The mascarpone layer just makes it so decadent.

  5. Nice idea….it’ll be a change from my usual banana for breakfast:)

  6. Oh my, you make oatmeal breakfast as classy as it can get :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. WOW! That’s all I can say!

  8. I just had to tell you that I love the new blog look! I’m sorry to hear about the continued oven/stove challenges though, but have a great trip!!!!!! By the way, this is the best looking oatmeal I’ve ever seen — I want now!!!! :)

  9. This looks so delicious! Is it really as easy as you claim? Enjoy your time in France :)

  10. I have never made creme brulee, but I am in love with anything oatmeal. This looks so good!

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