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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Pear and Almond Baked Oatmeal

I've fallen in love with baked oatmeal this winter. It's warm, comforting, and often sweet, but I don't feel guilty because of all the healthy ingredients. Plus, baking on the weekend or a day off leads to leftovers for several days. The almond extract makes this recipe particularly attractive.



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Pear and Almond Baked Oatmeal


Source: Sheet Pan Suppers: 120 Recipes for Simple, Surprising, Hands-off Meals Straight From the Oven by Molly Gilbert

The original recipe called for baking the oatmeal on a sheet pan--which would be great for a big group, but is too much for just me. (My boys haven't discovered the joys of baked oatmeal yet.) I halved the recipe here, but if you're feeding a crowd, double this and cook it in a sheet pan.

Oatmeal:
2 c rolled oats
1/2 c sliced or slivered almonds
1 teas baking powder
1 1/4 teas cinnamon
1/2 teas ginger
1/4 teas nutmeg
1/2 teas kosher salt
2 c unsweetened almond milk or other milk
1/4 c maple syrup
1 large egg
1 1/2 T unsalted butter
1/2 teas almond extract

Topping:
2 Bartlett pears
1 T dark brown sugar
1/4 teas cinnamon
1/4 c sliced or slivered almonds
1 1/2 T unsalted butter

Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.

Mix together the oats, almonds, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl.

In another bowl, or a quart liquid measuring container, melt the butter and let it cool slightly. Then whisk in the almond milk, maple syrup, egg, and almond extract. Stir the wet ingredients into the oat mixture until combined. Place the oatmeal in the prepared 9x13 pan, and spread out using a spatula.

Slice the pears about 1/4 inch thick and cut out cores and stems. Place the pear slices on the top of the oatmeal. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and almonds together in a small bowl, then sprinkle over the pears. Melt the butter and drizzle it over the topping and pears.

Bake 35-40 minutes, until pears are soft and oatmeal pulls away from the side. Serve with a little milk and maple syrup drizzled over the top.

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