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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + simmering Broil: 5 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

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 until thick and creamy, about for 30 minutes, 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 8 ungreased 6-oz. ramekins. Place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Broil 8 in. from the heat until sugar is caramelized, 4-7 minutes. Serve immediately.
Editor's Note
Steel-cut oats are also known as Scotch oats or Irish oatmeal.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 437 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 154mg sodium, 83g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 5g fiber), 14g protein.
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  • JMartinelli13
    Jan 8, 2019

    Omitted the raisins. This is so easy to make and feels like you're having dessert for breakfast. Also excellent with dried cherries and blueberries!

  • Orbs
    Feb 26, 2018

    I cut the recipe down and substituted old fashioned oats and raisins for the steel cut oats and cranberries. The brulee was so crunchy and delicious. Thank you, Rose Ann, for sharing this recipe.

  • maelma
    Mar 17, 2013

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  • MarineMom_texas
    Mar 15, 2013

    <p>This is a delicious recipe and I will definitely will make it again. However, I will make it in my crockpot as it is so much easier that way. I cooked the oatmeal, milk, orange peel, and cinnamon stick in my crockpot on low overnight. In the morning, I completed the recipe. Cooking it on the stove took me 1 1/2 hours waiting for the milk to boil and cook the oatmeal. I used the dried cherries along with the craisins and it was delicious. I would give this dish 5 stars cooked in the crockpot.</p>

  • kbabe819
    May 17, 2012

    Excellent- but I modified it of course. I used half of the maple syrup as other reviews said it was rather sweet. I also cut the raisins altogether and increased cranberries to 1 cup. I also just stirred in the brown sugar (also used less then recommended) instead of broiling it. Orange taste was subtle.

  • super1648
    Apr 25, 2012

    No comment left

  • Iver
    Jun 19, 2011

    In the cold Minnesota winter this is a prefect start to the day!

  • aug2295
    May 21, 2011

    Yum! I thought it might be tart since there was no sugar in the oatmeal, but the maple syrup and sugar on the top were more than enough. I actually might cut the sugar a bit next time. I agree that this recipe was a little more time consuming than I was expecting, but definitely good.

  • aug2295
    May 21, 2011

    Yum! I thought it might be tart since there was no sugar in the oatmeal, but the maple syrup and sugar on the top were more than enough. I actually might cut the sugar a bit next time. I agree that this recipe was a little more time consuming than I was expecting, but definitely good.

  • Stacey Bo Bacey
    Mar 31, 2011

    An excellent recipe! I LOVED the addition of the orange peel, that was my favorite part. I 1/4 this recipe, as I only wanted to make enough for my small family. I truly enjoyed breakfast this morning!