Wow! I cannot believe that it is already time for the The Secret Recipe Club again! Time certainly flies!! This club, hosted by Amanda at Amanda's Cooking, has grown a ton already. The club is in it's 4th month, and this is my 3rd trip along. It has been loads of fun, and I have already met several bloggers whom I may not have otherwise run across.
This month my blogger was Anna from Sweet Anna's. She is definitely a woman of my own heart saying that she makes rice krispie treats often. Those little bars got me through college! Her blog is filled with fun recipes and adorable pictures/stories about her two boys, and I had a great time reading through her posts! Since I am still trying to get into my new work schedule, I decided on making Anna's Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal. I love steel cut oats, but making them on a weekday morning might be a little out of the picture for me :) The idea of the recipe is to improve the process by cooking them in the slow cooker overnight, so that by the morning they are ready to eat. Sounds great!
The recipe turned out pretty good. I decreased the amount of sugar to 1/2 cup and the oatmeal was plenty sweet with less sugar. There was still quite a bit of water leftover after the 8 hours of cook time. Stirring it up helped quite a bit, but I would try to decrease the amount of liquid next time. One thing that I noticed was different from oats cooked on the stove was the texture. The ones from the slow cooker were a little more smooth where oats cooked on the stove seem to have a little bit more chew to them. While I do like the chew that you get from the stove method, you certainly can't beat the convenience of having breakfast ready when you get up!
Enjoy and be sure to stop by and check out Anna's blog!
Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal
Adapted from Sweet Anna's (originally from The Hill Country Cook)
1-1/2 cups steel-cut oats
6 cups water
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. butter
Stir everything together in the slow cooker. The cinnamon will float on top of the liquid. Turn on low and cook for 8 hours (while you sleep!). In the morning, there may still be liquid on top of the oats. Stir them and they will thicken a little as they sit. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for future mornings :)
Yield: 6 servings