The only way to describe these oats is pure decadence. Typically I make what I call a working breakfast…I prepare my morning meal (oats, if I’m lucky), bring it to my desk (I’ll admit, I’m usually working from my desk at home, but still, it is work!), and work while eating it. No such thing as a working breakfast with these oats. I made them, brought them to my desk, and took a bite. These oats commanded my full attention. I had to put my work down, close my laptop, and savor every bite.
With the holidays coming, I’m always looking for new recipes I can use for brunch. But I don’t mean just a fancy, sit-down brunch affair…I also like to have relaxed brunches where the dishes are set up appetizer-style and served in small portions. Layered in shot glasses and served with small spoons, these oats are perfect for just such an occasion.
Boston Cream Pie Oats
(Yield: 4 servings)
¼ c steel cut oats
½ medium banana, thinly sliced
¾ c water
Custard sauce (see below)
4 teaspoon dark chocolate chips
¼ c cool whip
Vanilla Custard Sauce (makes about ½ c): (or you can use leftover Vanilla-Nutmeg Custard Sauce, like I did)
1 TB butter
¼ c sugar
1 large egg
¼ c milk
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the custard sauce: Prepare a double boiler. Scald the milk by heating it in a small pan until small bubbles form around the edges, then taking it off the heat (don’t let it come to a boil). Cream together the butter, sugar, and nutmeg; beat in the eggs one at a time. Heat the egg mixture over a double boiler and very gradually pour the scalded milk into the egg mixture while whisking constantly. Heat the custard until it reaches 170F or until it coats the back of a wooden spoon, stirring constantly. Strain the custard through a fine mesh sieve, then add the vanilla extract.
For the oats: In a small pan, combine all ingredients for the oats; heat on medium-low heat for about 12 minutes (stirring frequently with a whisk) or until it reaches your desired consistency.
Top each serving of oats with 2 TB custard sauce, 1 teaspoon chocolate chips, and 1 TB cool whip.