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Irish Oatmeal Brulee

 Irish Oatmeal Brulee
“With its mild maple flavor and crispy broiled topping, this oatmeal is comforting yet special. I often use dried cherries instead of the raisins and add star anise to spice it up a bit.” —Rose Ann Wilson, Germantown, Wisconsin
8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + simmering Broil: 5 min.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups steel-cut oats
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 1 orange peel strip (1 to 3 inches)
  • Dash salt
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Buttermilk, optional
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

Directions

  • In a large heavy saucepan, bring milk to a boil over medium heat. Add
  • the oats, cinnamon, orange peel and salt. Reduce heat; simmer for 30
  • minutes or until thick and creamy, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from the heat; discard cinnamon and orange peel. Stir in the
  • cranberries, raisins, syrup and a small amount of buttermilk if
  • desired. Cover and let stand for 2 minutes.
  • Transfer to eight ungreased 6-oz. ramekins. Place on a baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle with brown sugar. Broil 8 in. from the heat for 4-7 minutes
  • or until sugar is caramelized. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 437 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 154 mg sodium, 83 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 14 g protein.