Like a lot of you, I am a collector of cookbooks and I’ve been known to sit for hours reading them. One of my absolute favorites is, “Room at the Table.” This book is so beautiful and showcases all the premier bed and breakfasts of Kentucky. Luckily, in my county of Oldham, we are fortunate to have the “Best Bed & Breakfast in Kentucky for Amenities,” Bluegrass Country Estate Luxury Bed & Breakfast. Located on a gorgeous 9-acre horse farm in La Grange, Cheryl Sabin, was chosen to be in this cookbook with two recipes. A couple years ago, she surprised me with a copy as a Christmas gift and I immediately began cooking my way through it. I have vowed to visit each and every bed & breakfast that graces its pages!
This baked oatmeal recipe was inspired by one in the book and is my favorite go-to recipe when I just need a taste of my childhood or a warm hug from my grandma who used to stand me on a chair by the stove. I usually don’t make a recipe the same way twice, but this variation is one that I adore and have made over and over again. Just to give you an idea of things I’ve tried, I have added cranberries, dried blueberries with lemon zest, dried cherries and dark chocolate chips, apples and cinnamon chips, white chocolate and raspberries, fresh peaches, and one of my favorites - fresh pear. You must try this recipe with pears and caramel chips! Did you know you can now buy caramel chips made by the same company as the one who makes the caramel cubes? You no longer have to peel off the wrappers! You would think someone would have come up with that before now, but what else will we cuss when we’re making caramel-dipped apples?!
This recipe is a great one served with my recipe for Candied Peppered Bacon, but on its own, it’s quite simply just DELISH!
3 cups uncooked quick-cooking oatmeal
1/2 cup dried tropical fruit (mangos, bananas, coconut)
1/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup egg substitute
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk (any type milk)
Whipping cream, optional but tasty!
Bourbon, optional unless you’re from Kentucky
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter or grease an 8×8 casserole dish. Mix together all ingredients except whipping cream. Pour into 8×8 pan and bake for 30 minutes. Sweeten your whipping cream with sugar, spices, and bourbon then spoon over top of the warm oatmeal before serving. Enjoy!