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Sugared Fruit Porridge

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I’m still visiting my parents in the beautiful Hudson River Valley [3]. This morning my folks promised to take my kid to the local farm where our friend makes amazing artisianal cheeses. My kid loves it because he gets to meet and greet the dairy cows responsible for the fabulous cheese. My mom suggested we make quick cooking steel cut oatmeal before leaving for the farm. I had no idea this even existed even though her can of it was from my personal mecca – Trader Joe’s.

My kid and I both love basic oatmeal, but we couldn’t resist turning this into Sugared Fruit Porridge by adding some milk and baking up the ripe fruits of summer. The combination was just perfect. Creamy porridge under a pile of fresh, slightly sweet fruit bursting with flavor. I can hardly wait to buy my own container of steel cut oats! Now for the recipe…

Sugared Fruit Porridge Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins  Cooking Time: 20 mins

2 large rip plums (cut into chunks)
1 1/2 cup of fresh cherries (pitted + halved)
2 to 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup quick cooking steel cut oats
2 cups water
1 3/4 cup lowfat or skim milk

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread the fruit out on a shallow baking pan. Sprinkle sugar on top and bake for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, place water, milk and oats in a medium pot over high heat. Bring to a boil and turn down the heat to medium. Continue to cook, stirring often. After 8 minutes the porridge should begin to thicken. Turn down heat to low and let stand until fruit is ready. Divide porridge into 4 bowls and top with sugared fruit. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.

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