Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

3 cups water
½ tsp. salt
2 cups old fashioned oats
¾ tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. brown sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Swirl of honey
1 banana, sliced thin
6-8 strawberries, sliced thin
Granulated sugar

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    Combine the water and salt in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil.  Add the oats, reduce the heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed.  Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey, if using.

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    Divide oatmeal between warmed serving bowls.  Top with sliced bananas and strawberries in an even layer.  Sprinkle the sliced fruit with granulated sugar in a thin layer – just enough to help the surface caramelize.  Heat with a kitchen torch until the surfaces are golden brown (strawberries have more water and will take a bit longer to brown).*  Serve immediately.

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    *Alternatively, you can use the broiler to caramelize the sugar on top of the fruit.  Be sure to use oven-safe bowls, keep them close to the heat source, and watch carefully.  Browning won’t take long.