How to Make Bruleed Oatmeal


A bowl of oatmeal is a classic breakfast option for those looking for something quick and filling. As delicious as oatmeal can be, it's always fun to find new ways to put a spin on this breakfast classic. While fresh fruit or nuts are always a welcome addition, why not try something a little different and make a brûlėed version of your oatmeal instead? The addition of a little extra sugar on top and some time spent under the broiler is all it takes to create a lovely layer of crunchy caramelized goodness.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups water 
  • 1 cup rolled oats 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt 
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar, or other sweetener of choice 
  • 3 tablespoons Demerara sugar 
  • 2 oven safe dishes

Step 1

Add 2 cups of water to a saucepan and bring to a boil.

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Step 2

Add the rolled oats, cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt to the saucepan and reduce heat slightly. Allow the oats to gently simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until tender and desired texture is achieved. Mix in the brown sugar and remove from heat.

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Step 3

Turn the broiler on. Divide the oatmeal between two shallow, oven-safe dishes and place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoons of Demerara sugar over the top of each dish and quickly place on the highest rack under the broiler. Broil until the sugar melts and begins to caramelize — this can take anywhere from 3-5 minutes depending on the size of dish used. Keep a close eye during the whole broiling process, and make sure to rotate the baking sheet as necessary to prevent any spots from burning.

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  • Try sprinkling most of the sugar in a concentrated area as this will ensure an especially crunchy top.

Step 4

Remove the tray from the oven and carefully transfer the hot dishes to another plate or serving board. Allow the sugar to cool for a minute or two. Top with fruit and enjoy while warm.

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  • You can also use a kitchen torch to caramelize the sugar.

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