Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Custard

This is a repost from some time ago. I really love this dish and had hopes for bigger commercial sales in my professional life. Give it a try as the weather turns colder. 

Another wordy title but what does it all mean? Could it be a cross between oatmeal and custard with fresh blueberries, apples and toasted nuts? Is it best for breakfast?

That's it exactly. The kicker is you can make a batch ahead of time and reheat in the gentle warmth of the Aga.

I'll use less eggs than the normal ratio for custard. OK class, what's the ratio of egg to milk for a classic custard? Anyone who knew 1 egg to 1 cup of milk move to the head of the class. The oatmeal will help the custard set as it absorbs some of the liquid. The protein in the oats can't hurt either but I'm not a scientist so don't quote me.

Let's see how this went down in the Aga Kitchen. There is some planning ahead because you do need to soak the oats for a good 4 hours. It also makes a bunch of dirty pots, bowls and utensils. That can't be good. I watched Sandra Lee cook some s**t on her show and I think she baked it right in the box. No dirty dishes so she must be a good cook.

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Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Custard

Gather up these tools and ingredients. A bare minimum of knife skills are required for this one

  • 8 ten oz ramekins, I used some aluminum disposables but ceramic will work best
  • 2 1/2  cups of oatmeal soaked in water with 2 teaspoons of cider vinegar for a minimum 4 hours, overnite is fine
  • 3 cups of whole milk, we use 2% at my house, I subbed 1 cup half & half and 2 cups 2%
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs cracked and beaten
  • 1t vanilla extract, not imitation
  • 2T Amaretto
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup toasted chopped nuts
  • 3 cups blueberries
  • 1 apple diced the size of a big blueberry
  • 2T sugar
  • 1t cinnamon
  • 1/8 t cayenne, if you like a little background heat

Strain the oatmeal

Mix the milk, eggs, Amaretto, brown sugar, vanilla and salt in a steel bowl

Add the strained oatmeal 

Toss the blueberries, apple, cinnamon, sugar and cayenne in a bowl

Assemble time

Put your ramekins on a sheetpan and use non stick vegetable spray inside of them

Put 1/2 cup blueberry mix in bottom of each dish, lightly press into bottom

Sprinkle with chopped toasted nuts

Stir the oatmeal custard mixture and ladle 6oz over the top. Careful to get an even mixture of oats and custard mix in each dish

Cook time

Into the Baking Oven for 15 minutes with the rack on the floor

Timer goes beep and you transfer to Simmer Oven for 25 minutes

A skewer should come clean, temperature registered 182 F on mine.

You can eat them now, after they cool a bit or do what I do. Refrigerate overnite and reheat in the morning. They will pop out of the dish easily if you just warm the bottom a second and run a knife around the edge. 5 minutes in the Roasting Oven and 25 in the Simmer Oven should do it. Do you really need me to tell you how to reheat something? I didn't think so.

They will keep covered for 6 days in your ice box.

That's it, now let's be careful out there

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