Sunday, 31 March 2013

Oatmeal Fruit Bake

Piccola Torta di Fiocchi d'Avena, Banana & Prugne con Yogurt e Pistacchio
Individual Banana Oatmeal Bake with Plum, Yogurt & Pistachio

This photogenic little breakfast here, happens to be nothing more than oatmeal, with a little fruit, some plain low-fat yogurt and a sprinkle of pistachio. No magic, no tricks- just a little effort with the presentation- but even that was really easy! What a nice way to start your Easter Sunday morning!

This could easily have just been a regular breakfast of oatmeal, with a little fruit and yogurt on the side- and that would have been just fine too. But don't you think this is a lot prettier and so much more fun? I agree! So let me just tell how easy it was to make- its so easy you're going to love it!

I prepared the oatmeal base by simply mashing a ripe banana with a fork, then whipping it up a little as soon as it was soft... it happens quicker and easy than you might think and before you know it, you have a soft banana cream in which you can- and should add, a little cinnamon, a pinch of salt and a little Stevia or sugar to sweeten it to taste. For my taste, banana's are already rather sweet and therefore do not need too much added sweetness- but all I can say is- have a taste! It's the only way you are ever going to know for sure!

Once the banana was flavored, I added oatmeal and worked it in until it had the consistency of a moist but firm dough... because that was what it had become by now. I formed the dough into a ball and rolled it out flat using a rolling pin, to the size of a small saucer, to the thickness of maybe an inch. And then, on a cookie sheet, it went into the oven at 250°F for around 20 minutes... time for it to bake through, dry out and begin to get golden on the outside.

Whilst that was happening, I cut 2 plums into slices and popped them into a frying pan with a little honey, a drop of vanilla essence and a pat of butter. I sautéed the slices at a moderate heat for 2-3 minutes, no longer- but that was plenty of time for them to soak up the honey and butter and all of those good flavors. I then set them to one side until the oatmeal base was baked through and firm. Next, I arranged the plum slices on top of the oatmeal base, added one last light drizzle of honey and then popped it back into the oven for a further 15 minutes, until the oatmeal began to go brown and crisp up and the plum had a lovely glaze... and that was it!

I served it up with a couple of tablespoons of fresh yogurt and a nice sprinkle of grated pistachio- and of course the whole thing was then transformed... but either way you might want to serve it... it is gonna look good!

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