Pardon me sir, but do you have any prunes? Yes prunes. I prefer them with pits. That way, you can gnaw at them and coax the bits of fruit out of the craggy pits with your tongue for hours. Ahh, glorious.
Well, the other day I was following a recipe that required prunes to be soaked in tea. So I brewed myself a pot of Earl Grey and soaked my prunes. But the recipe suggested that I pour out the liquid!!! (Sacre bleu!) Heavens no!!! I dutifully saved that sweet elixir and cooked my steel-cut oatmeal in it the next morning. ‘Twas a lovely pot of oatmeal. And oatmeal just ain’t oatmeal without a pat of butter, a spoonful of brown sugar and a generous pour of milk.
Steel-Cut Oatmeal Cooked in Prune-Sweetened Tea
yields one huge bowl or 2 average-sized bowls
To make the prune-sweetened tea, simply brew a large mug of your favorite black tea and dunk in a handful of pitted prunes. Allow to steep for about 30 minutes. Strain out the prunes and nibble at your leisure.
- 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
- 1-1/2 to 2 cups prune-sweetened tea
- small pinch salt
- 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
- milk for topping
- sugar for topping
In a small sauce pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the oats and stir until they begin to smell slightly toasted. Add the tea and simmer very gently until the oats are tender but toothy, about 15 minutes. Stir in a small pinch of salt. Pour into a bowl and top with yummy toppings.