Oatmeal Brûlée

Oatmeal Brulee

Oatmeal Brûlée ~ please don’t faint —it might seem like a crazy luxury but it’s no less healthy than regular oatmeal.  That’s because I didn’t add any sugar to the pot, and what gets sprinkled on top and caramelized is the only sugar I used ~ it’s an incredible healthy indulgence!

Dessert for breakfast? Oatmeal Brulee is an easy way to treat yourself, or your guests, in the morning!

I’m so excited to share this with you!  If you love  creme brûlée you’re going to go crazy for this fun spin on breakfast.  Just like with the dessert, you’ll have a crackly outer layer of ‘burnt’ sugar, but instead of custard underneath, you get creamy oatmeal mixing with the little melting shards of caramel in your mouth and, oh my, your eyes will roll back in your head.  Cinnamon and vanilla flavor the oats and the entire recipe takes no more time than your basic breakfast.  Do up a whole tray of them for guests.  I don’t like to self-congratulate, but I am taking a little bow here…

Oatmeal

Recipes don’t get much more fun than this one, and if you already have a kitchen torch collecting dust in the back of your cabinet, this is a great way to get some use out of it.  The nice thing, too, is that there’s nothing tricky involved here.  If you know how to turn on your torch (which took me an embarrassingly long time to master, btw) you’ll be bruleeing like a pro.

Oatmeal Brulee 2

Just make your favorite oatmeal, and spoon it into individual bowls.  Smooth out the top so it;s an even layer, and then sprinkle it lightly with sugar.

Oatmeal Brulee --- a simple but elegant breakfast

Then get busy with the torch, touching every corner to get that fantastic crackly sugar crust.  I like to wait until I see specks of black, that way I know it’s done.  It hardens to a crisp crust in a matter of seconds as the sugar cools.   I’m telling you this is a wonderful way to eat oatmeal!

Oatmeal Brûlée

Yield: serves 2

Oatmeal Brûlée

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk (any type, including almond, coconut or soy, I used full fat dairy milk)
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp granulated sugar (regular granulated white sugar caramelizes best)
  • cream or half and half for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Heat the milk in a saucepan until little bubbles form around the edges and add the oats. Cook gently for about 5 minutes until the oatmeal is thickened.
  2. Stir in the cinnamon and vanilla and spoon into two serving bowls.
  3. Smooth out the top of each bowl with the back of a spoon for form a flat surface for the sugar.
  4. Evenly sprinkle 2 teaspoons of sugar over each bowl
  5. Use a kitchen torch to caramelize the sugar, moving the flame in circles as the sugar turns color. Keep heating until the entire surface is browned and you start to see small black spots.
  6. Serve hot with a dash of cream.

Notes

You can try doing this under the broiler if you don't have a torch. It works, but it's tricky, and you have to have the bowls up close to the flame. The torch works better!

Oatmeal Brulee

A kitchen torch is a wonderful toy tool to have around, and they’re not very expensive.  They can caramelize sugar, burnish meringue and marshmallow toppings, blacken peppers, and add appetizing color to foods that come out of the oven disappointingly pale, like gratins,or even chicken.

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42 Comments

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    Laureen
    August 12, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Wow! my family will love this, two of their favourites combined. Great idea.

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    Oatmeal
    January 27, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I love having oatmeal for my breakfast. Oatmeal is always good for me. I will try this recipe

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    Stephanie
    November 25, 2014 at 6:37 am

    What a terrific idea! Made this for breakfast this morning and it was so good. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 25, 2014 at 6:55 am

      You’re welcome!

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    marisa
    October 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Would you mind if we used your photo and linked to your recipe in our monthly mailing list? This recipe is amazing!

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    marisa oconnor
    October 28, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Would you mind if we used your photo and linked to your recipe on our company newsletter?

    Amazing recipe!

    Thanks!

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      Sue
      October 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Sure Marisa, thanks!

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    Claudia @Breakfast Drama Queen
    October 22, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Oooh, this looks great! I make oatmeal all the time, but have never tried bruleeing it before!

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    Kiran+@+KiranTarun.com
    October 21, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    That looks incredibly decadent :)

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    Marleen Visser
    October 18, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    OMG I have to try this!!! Would love to share this recipe on my blog if you don’t mind?
    With your credits of course.
    Can’t wait to make it :-D. (is it already tomorrow morning ;)))

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      Sue
      October 18, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Of course, love to be shared, thanks Marleen!

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        Marleen+Visser
        October 19, 2014 at 4:17 am

        Thanks so much!!! I’ll share the love. Share love not secrets right ;).
        Will make it today. You have no idea how much I’m looking forward to this. I actually have a torch, never used it. Still didn’t get to make a creme brûlée. Has been my plan forever. So: your will be my first!!!! YAY. Creme brûlée for breakfast’ already sounds amazing ;)

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