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Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

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With Halloween just around the corner, are you burned out on pumpkin yet?

In typical timing-is-everything-you-dolt-SoupAddict fashion, I’m first posting a pumpkin recipe more than midway through the season — (sad news for the pumpkin-weary: there’s still Thanksgiving to get through) — when every food known to mankind has already been infused with pumpkin essence and posted about on the interwebs.

But to answer my own question: No. I’m not tired of pumpkin. And it’s because of the very thing I mention above. This year, it’s not just pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread, over and over again for weeks, until we crawl on our bursting bellies away from the Thanksgiving table, swearing to never look at pumpkins or stuffing. ever. again.

No, it’s also pumpkin soup and pumpkin risotto and pumpkins stuffed with everything good. Pumpkin stew and pumpkin scones.

This thing, this reason I mention, has a name: scorpacciata.

I love this word and have embraced its philosophy with my whole heart since first hearing it earlier in the Spring.

Rather than endure me stumbling through its definition, please watch Mario Batali describe scorpacciata. Regardless of how you feel about Mario, this is perhaps the most lovingly, sincerely expressed definition of a word ever recorded. (If the video screen doesn’t appear below showing Mario’s mug, refresh the page in your browser — it’s been a bit temperamental. Or try this link.)

Ahhhh. Scorpacciata.

And did you catch the part about the porcini mushrooms, which follow pumpkin season? If scorpacciata means that I have license to indulge in the outstanding porcini all through November and December, then, yes, please.

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So, in the spirit of pushing the boundaries of in-season produce, today’s post is about breakfast. In my world, pumpkin is normally not a part of breakfast. (Unless it’s leftover pie, but for now let’s just pretend that SoupAddict’s world is too sophisticated to have pumpkin pie for breakfast. [“Psst! It’s totally not!”   “Shhh! They don’t know that!”   “Of course they do! Monkeys reading this blog know you’re not beyond shoving pie in your pie hole for breakfast.”  “{::harrumph::}” ]

Ahem. Where was I?

Oh, yeah. Breakfast. As I’ve mentioned before, oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast foods, and one so well suited to change with the seasons’ signature flavors.

Indeed, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices are a natural fit for the versatile oat. Sweet and cinnamony without being the least bit desserty, this version of morning oatmeal is filling and satisfying.

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(P.S.: Doristas from FFwD: my pumpkin post is here.)

Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

adapted from Good Life Eats

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 12 minutes

Yield:

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats, not quick cook
1 tablespoon whole flax seeds (optional)
1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon buckwheat flour (optional, for extra protein)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (or if whole, several passes on the microplaner)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon butter, softened
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup milk (your choice – I use almond milk)

Topping:
2 tablespoons pecans, chopped, divided
2 tablespoons butter (sliced into (4) 1/2 tablespoon pats)

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease (4) 12-14 ounce ramekins. Set aside.

Combine the oats with the other dry ingredients (through the salt) in a medium sized bowl. Mix well, breaking up any brown sugar clumps. In a separate bowl, combine the vanilla, butter, pumpkin, and milk. Whisk until smooth. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the oats and stir until combined.

Divide the mixture evenly among the prepared ramekins. Move ramekins to a baking sheet and place in oven. Bake for 12 minutes.

Remove from oven. Sprinkle each ramekin with a light layer of chopped pecans, and top with a pat of butter.

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Noelle

Monday 31st of October 2011

Silly question, but since it's just me eating this delightful oatmeal (yay for being single), can I just make the oatmeal ahead of time, refrigerate, and then bake as needed? Or would it be more prudent to just cut the recipe?

SoupAddict

Monday 31st of October 2011

Oh, I make the full batch all the time -- bake it, and refrigerate the leftovers. When you reheat, just add a little more milk or water, and it's good to go!

Jay

Monday 31st of October 2011

wow..sounds scrumptiously tasty.. first time here..love your space.. very interesting posts with lipsmacking presentation.. Am your happy follower now..;) do stop by mine sometime. Tasty Appetite

Cakelaw

Saturday 29th of October 2011

Your little ramekins of pumpkin pie oatmeal look delicious!

Kathy

Friday 28th of October 2011

I would love this oatmeal...can't wait to give it a try! Beautiful photos!

FrolickingNightOwl

Friday 28th of October 2011

I ALWAY love coming to your blog to see your photos. This recipe is beautiful!!