A few weeks ago a friend gave me a jar of Ovaltine. After trying it and deciding they didn’t like it, they offered it to me. I’m not too sure why. I did, however, jump at the chance to take it. Immediately, images of A Christmas Story filled my head and I became infatuated with the idea of creating a recipe that paid tribute to the brilliant movie.
So, I began to rack my mind. What kind of dessert would make a good tribute to the movie? I wasn’t about to make meatloaf or red cabbage, so my mind turned to a dessert. While contemplating cookies and cupcakes, it hit me.
A modern update on an old classic. The ovaltine would give the oatmeal a lovely rich malted chocolate flavor making a little cake that hits a nice balance between sweet and savory. Of course, not content to simply add one extra ingredients, I threw in some raisins.
While I enjoyed that addition, I think some dried cranberries would make an even more delightful and festive accent to the baked oatmeal. They add just enough of a sweet bite to create a comforting, yet layered, flavor.
I could have called this A Christmas Story baked oatmeal, but I didn’t want to brand it. This is a great recipe for any time of day, any holiday movie or any occasion. Breakfast, lunch and, heck, if you want to eat it for dinner, I won’t tell anyone. It’s warming, filling and, most importantly, delicious.
Holiday Baked Oatmeal
makes one oatmeal cake
1/4 cup oats
2T greek yogurt (I used fage total)
pinch of cinnamon
handful of raisins
Preheat oven to 380
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Pop into a cupcake holder, ramekin or other oven-safe dish.
Bake for twenty minutes. If you want a crust you can either bake for a bit longer or broil, but I usually find twenty minutes is good enough.
Have you ever tried baked oatmeal? Did you like it?