Oatmeal with a Cherry on Bottom

Breakfast is probably my favorite meal of the day. This is especially the case during the summer or any day when I don't have to get up to the sound of an alarm, when I can slowly open my eyes, decide if it's still too early based on the color of the sun dripping through my window, and then shut them once more until my stomach yanks me from under the duvet. 

When I'm not in the mood for eggs, I grab some oats, a few toppin's and mixin's, put on the coffee, and get to cooking. 

Oatmeal with a Cherry on Bottom (1 serving, multiply as needed)

  • 1 cup milk (almond, soy, or cow)
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • dried cherries
  • Cinnamon
  • Jam of your choice (This one's pretty good)
  • Roasted and salted pistachios, shelled

There are many schools of thought on oatmeal making, so when it comes to getting the oats cooked, do what you normally do. I pour the milk (almond) into a sauce pan, let it simmer so it gets a frothy crown, at which point I throw in the oats and let it froth once more, and then remove it from the heat, cover, and let stand for a few minutes.

Instead of putting a cherry on top, hot fudge sundae style, I drop the dried cherries into the bottom of the bowl. Raisins, figs, or dried apricots would work really nicely as well.

Next, pour half a teaspoon of sugar (I use stevia) into the oatmeal before pouring it into the bowl, reserving the other half of the sugar for later. The hot oats will plump up the cherries and leave you with a delightful surprise when you dig your spoon into the bottom of the bowl.

Sprinkle cinnamon generously over the oats.

Dust the remaining sugar on top.

Take a spoonful of your favorite jam and dollop it in the middle.

Follow it by lastly, ever so gingerly, resting a few pistachios at the peak of the oatmeal.

This would be great with a drizzle of honey, some fresh fruit, brown sugar, candied ginger...the possibilities are boundless!

Grab your coffee (I've been into 44 North Coffee lately), the newspaper, or in my case a few old magazines, and of course your bowl of wonderful. It's the perfect morning ritual.