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I found some new momentum to use the crockpot having recently joined this community, and decided to try it out for breakfast rather than dinner!

Had great success with some slow cooked porridge (oatmeal). This is basically what I did:

2 cups milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup traditional rolled oats
1 cup chopped apple
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preparation Instructions:

Apply cooking spray or grease the inside of your crock-pot. Pour milk into crock-pot with remaining ingredients and stir. Cover just before going to bed, turn on the low setting. By morning it will be ready. Add more milk as desired just before serving.

Probably not the type of thing you want to have every single day, but for a weekend treat it was really yummy and went down faster in our household than the regular cereal does!



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Mar. 18th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
you can let it cook ALL NIGHT!? but, how could you sleep with the smell of CINNAMON?! i think i'd sneak some in the middle of the night. thank you for the recipe!!! ♥
Mar. 18th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
Actually funny you say that .. I got up about 3am as the apple/cinnamon combo smelt divine and I just had to make sure that it was going to be OK for 7.30am!! It tasted pretty good then, just not quite 100% cooked!! :)
Mar. 18th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
oh my gosh! this looks so good! I'm making it tonight!
Mar. 18th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Let me know how it goes! Just keep it on LOW heat .. have overcooked it on high heat once, and not so yummy!
Mar. 18th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
That sounds wonderful, and I think I have all the ingredients. About how many hours total cooktime? I go to bed at midnight or so; I don't want to put it on too late! My husband would go OUT of his MIND to come downstairs and find a pot of oatmeal. I might win Wife of the Year. =)
Mar. 18th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
Hey - I won wife of the year for making it on the weekend, so I'm sure you can too!

I put mine on at midnight and timed it so that it was ready at 7.00am. Mine was a bit thick so I just put a little more milk in it and gave it a bit of a stir and left it settling until 7.30am when we ate it all up .. so hope that helps.

My friend who's here with me says she does hers for 4 hours (she has a timer so she can pick when it starts and stops), so that's a pretty big difference and I'm not exactly sure why.

Hope that vaguely helps!?
Mar. 18th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
Could be because the pots are different sizes? A big pot would cook 3 cups faster than a small one would, I guess because it spreads it out over a larger cooking surface. Well, I am going to run right down and do that; thanks so much!
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
Actually could be - mine is a smaller round one and hers is somewhat bigger, oval-shaped one. You could very well be onto something there! Took me a while to get it right the first few times I did it (ie putting it on at 10pm makes it much too slushy; putting it on at 2am means it doesn't cook quite enough), so maybe try a couple of times to get the exact timing for your crock-pot!

Goodluck! :)
Mar. 18th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
I did it, and it was a hit! I think it probably cooked a little longer than it needed to- the bottom and sides were pretty brown- but it was good. I think next time I do it, I'll do it for a little less time, and it will be perfect. What a great idea, and thanks again! =)
Mar. 18th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
Am glad it worked out! I actually went out and bought a bigger cooker yesterday afternoon (mine was quite a small one) - got a great deal!

But I did try this again last night too and it was the same as yours, a little brown on the sides and bottom. So I suspect your theory about the pot size does indeed factor in! Nice detective work! :)
Mar. 18th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Did you use whole, or 2% milk?
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
I actually used both (am confused). I use 1 cup full cream milk and one of skim milk, which probably is about 2% milk .. that way you have a creamy taste, but not too over-the-top in terms of density. I find 2 cups of full cream milk is just a little too much, but the 2 cups of 2% milk made it a little bit "watery" for what our family likes.
Mar. 19th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
That's awesome, those are exactly what we always have in our fridge, since I only drink skim, but my girlfriend has corrupted my boyfriend & he won't use anything but 3.25% in his coffee now. :)
Mar. 18th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
Couldn't put it better myself! :)
Mar. 18th, 2009 07:36 am (UTC)
That sounds delish - I love crocked breakfasts, as I otherwise have cold stuff. My favorite absurdly high-calorie crock breakfast is a few handfuls of (halved) new potatoes, a pack of breakfast sausages (also halved), a little diced bacon and a diced onion. I toss in the crock with a smidge of olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper, give it all a stir, then leave it on low overnight. So greasy and good!! I won't make it more than once a month despite my husband's pleas, because it's so unhealthy, but dang it's tasty! Yours sounds like a healthier alternative, thanks! :)
Mar. 18th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
That sounds quite delicious, but you're right .. certainly wouldn't want to have it very often!!
Mar. 18th, 2009 08:50 am (UTC)
Breakfast is my favorite kind of food. Period. None of this "Oh Mexican, Italian------" No. Just breakfast.

Soooo stealing this...

But growing up the daughter of a raisin farmer, I will forgo the raisins...blech! lol
Mar. 18th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Hehe - I think raisins are optional!! I have the same reaction when people cook with asparagus, being the daughter of an asparagus farmer - ewww! :)
Mar. 19th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
I also find asparagus revolting...and peas...gag.
Mar. 19th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
Asparagus, peas, broadbeans and brussell sprouts are the only vegetables I don't eat! And they're all green - go figure!? I think with me it's more of a texture thing, they just plain and simply grose me out! :)
Mar. 19th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
Peas I can handle if they're in a soup that is prepared just right, like chicken pot pie style... But yeah...not any other way...

I've never tried broadbeans (or maybe I just don't know it by that name) or brussell sprouts... heh
Mar. 19th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
I HATE raisins, but have found that dried currants are a tasty alternative...
Mar. 19th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
Currants would be really nice. Have a friend who put dried cranberries in it too and she said that was nice, although I'm with you - currants are good!
Mar. 19th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
I've tried dried cranberries & though they can be nice in some recipes, I find that they can still be quite tart in others.
Dried blueberries can be a nice touch too. :)
Mar. 19th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
What sized crock do you own?
I've got a little 1.5qt one that I'm only just learning to use & I'm pretty sure if I put all that in it, it'd overflow, but I could be wrong...
Mar. 19th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
1 Quart = 0.946352945 Liters

I had one that I think is just under 3 litres (have put the formula above - I'm not good with my metric/imperial conversions) and have a bigger one which is almost 6 litres.

I find the little ones just too small for us .. so you might be right about yours being a little small. Maybe it'd work if you halved the recipe?
Mar. 19th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
Quarts are approximately equal to litres (1.056, to be exact), so if you've got a 6 litre crockpot, it should also be a 6 quart crockpot.

Our little crockette is just perfect for my boyfriend & I, but it's taking some getting used to, what with having to learn how to convert all the huge recipes down to something more reasonable for ours. :) I'll try quartering it tomorrow & see how that goes...

Edited at 2009-03-19 04:20 am (UTC)
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