October 27, 2007

Spiced Pear Oatmeal


Ingredients:
2 Bosc pears, cored and sliced thinly
2 1/4 cup pear cider
1 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
sprinkle salt

Directions:
Place all ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook on low overnight (8-9 hours). Stir and serve.


Serves about four.

My thoughts:
I've been hearing good things about overnight oatmeal in the slow cooker for some time now and this dreary weekend seemed like the perfect time for an experiment. Rather than use water or milk, I used some wonderful pear cider I purchased at the farmer's market. I love this fruity twist on oatmeal (normally we eat it prepared the traditional way and rather plain-with a sprinkle of salt and butter) and how it requires no morning prep time. The pear sort of half melts into the oatmeal which creates a thick, fruity sauce.