Updated 07/05/2012 05:00 AM
Recipe: Cinnamon and Butter Sauteed Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit and Yogurt
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4 servings of oatmeal
ground cinnamon as needed
butter as needed for sauteing sliced cooked oatmeal
fresh berries, cherries or peaches (or a combination of)
Cook 4 servings of oatmeal, according to directions and, while that's happening, butter one 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
You'll want the oatmeal to be on the thick side when it's done and, when you're happy with that, transfer it to the buttered pan and use a spoon to spread it out evenly. Let it cool down like that for 10 minutes or so.
At that point, firmly press a sheet of plastic wrap over the top and pop it into the fridge to cool down and set up for 2 - 3 hours, or you could even do it overnight if you like.
At that point, use a spatula to loosen the edges and loosen the bottom a bit if you can and then turn it out onto a cutting board and slice it crosswise into 1-inch thick slices.
Sprinkle a little ground cinnamon over one wide flat side of each slice and saute them in batches in a large nonstick pan in a little melted butter. Stay with them and carefully flip them over to brown both sides.
When they've crisped up a bit and are hot all the way through serve them up with maple syrup, fresh seasonal fruit and a dollop of yogurt.
You can use quick cooking one minute oatmeal or five minute "old fashioned" oats, either one is fine.