Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro
8 servings

This is oatmeal to get excited about - hearty steel-cut oats are chilled and cut into triangles, then seared in butter and topped with warm fruit. All of the components can be made a day ahead and reheated.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare syrup, bring cider to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to 1/3 cup (about 20 minutes); set aside.

Step 2

To prepare compote, combine 2 cups water, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and dried fruit in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until thick.

Step 3

To prepare oatmeal, combine 3 cups water, 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; stir in oats. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Spoon oatmeal into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; cool to room temperature. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or until set.

Step 4

Using a sharp knife, cut oatmeal into 8 equal rectangles; cut each rectangle in half diagonally to form 16 triangles.

Step 5

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 8 oatmeal triangles; cook 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove from pan; keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining 2 tablespoons butter and oatmeal triangles. Place 2 oatmeal triangles on each of 8 plates, and top each serving with 3 1/2 tablespoons fruit compote and about 2 teaspoons syrup.

Ratings & Reviews

teacooking's Review

October 13, 2013

brighteyes8's Review

August 05, 2013
Super tasty, different, and satisfying. Don't be tempted to skip the fruit compote -- it was a delicious addition. I did, however, skip the cider, but only because it is out of season and I couldn't get any. Would definitely try making that too if I had it, and I'll re-evaluate the rating once I try it with syrup. UPDATE: I tried it with the reduced syrup now that it's in season and it is fantastic. Cider pushed it to 5 stars. Still great with just the compote though it you can't get cider.

sedutta's Review

May 15, 2013

JeffAxelrod's Review

April 24, 2011
@suevan mentioned that she too had it at the trendy Chicago restaurant--Orange, which incidentally no longer offers it on the menu. The funny thing is that Orange had to have lifted this recipe verbatim, as the recipe was published before Orange came into business. Anyhow, the recipe is great and I highly recommend it!

tinkervamp's Review

November 15, 2010
This was excellent! I loved the apple syrup mixed with the compote although my kids did not, but the nice thing about this is it's so versatile. Tried it with the cream and that's really good too. The oatmeal is just sweet enough to be eaten alone as well. For the compote I used golden raisins as I think they have a really moist texture. They plump up beautifully and explode with juiciness when you bite into them. I highly recommend. I can easily make ahead. This is now one of our staple breakfasts during the week.

suevan's Review

December 22, 2008
This makes an outstanding breakfast. I first had it at a trendy restaurant in Chicago and was able to locate the recipe to make at home. It can be made ahead and reheated for a later time. My family loved it! One change that I have made is to forego the cider syrup and opt instead for a tiny bit of cream or half-and-half.