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Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Halloween Baked Oatmeal

In the days leading up to Halloween, I'll be posting some fun ways to celebrate the holiday with food, beginning with breakfast.  Who wouldn't get into the Halloween spirit when they see this cute little Jack o' Lantern greeting them at the breakfast table?

There are lots of ways to make baked pumpkin oatmeal, but I made these little guys using a short-cut method.  To already cooked oatmeal, I swirled in just enough canned solid-pack pumpkin to turn the oatmeal a lovely orange color.  I then added some brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger to make it taste like a cross between pumpkin pie and oatmeal cookies!

I then scraped the oatmeal into various baking pans and dishes, notable mini-springform pans and single-serve souffle dishes.  I then baked them until they got nice and firm and puffed up a bit.  To make the Jack o' Lantern faces, I just cut up some dried blueberries because they were nice and dark.  I used pieces of pitted date for the pumpkin stem.

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This is just too cute for comment. :) What a smart quick idea for something a little extra special.
Thanks, Lisa. I love how quick and easy it was to make something so cute. To me doing something a little extra with food is the best part of the holidays!
I agree! My grandmother always did little things like that, even not for holidays. She would make a plate dinner and really get into the presentation--tomato tulips on the bed of potato salad, that sort of thing. Holidays brought it out even more, with the organizing and decorating down to little tiny eyeballs on Halloween cookies, arranged on a plate so they all faced the same way. Details details! Too often a lost art. Good to see it on this little punkin.
And sounds delicious - WIN WIN!
Very cute!
Ok, that's insanely cute! When I was in a voluntary service program (like domestic peacecorps), we had a limited food budget and ate a LOT of baked oatmeal, in both sweet and savory forms. I occasionally get cravings for it, and may have to make this!
Good idea, John. Baked oatmeal is certainly crave-worthy. I especially love Amish-style baked oatmeal, but can imagine how good a savory version would be, much like grits or polenta!
I just blogged about your oatmeal. Thanks for the idea!
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