Irish oatmeal with dried apricots and brown sugar
2 Tbsp, or cider
Packed brown sugar
2 tsp, divided
⅛ tsp, or to taste
½ cup(s), Irish variety
Dried apricot halves
½ cup(s), finely chopped, divided
½ cup(s), warmed
- Bring the water, cider, cinnamon stick, 1 teaspoon of the sugar, and the salt to a boil in a heavy saucepan. Add the oatmeal and return to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.
- Discard the cinnamon stick and continue simmering, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes longer. Stir in 1⁄4 cup of the dried apricots and simmer, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes longer.
- Transfer the oatmeal to 2 bowls. Top evenly with the remaining 1⁄4 cup dried apricots, the remaining 1 teaspoon sugar, and the milk. Serve at once. Yields 3⁄4 cup cooked oatmeal with toppings per serving.