Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fixing an Oops

I tried to make my favorite cinnamon coffee cream this morning. I was out of sweetened condensed milk so I substituted evaporated milk and granulated sugar. It turned out awful- sweet enough, cinnamon-y enough, but too thin to be called cream. It barely lightened the coffee at all. Yuck.

Not wanting to waste it, I decided to experiment. I dumped some of it back into a saucepan, heated it to a simmer, and dumped some old fashioned oats into it. Then I turned the heat off and put a tight lid on it. I left it on the stove while I went out to do the morning feeding. I figured if it didn't turn out edible, at least I could feed it to the chickens for a treat sometime.

But when I came back in 20 minutes or so later, I had an awesome bowl of creamy, cinnamon-y oatmeal. It was the perfect warm-me-up-quick breakfast. The best part was- I didn't have to rummage around for seasonings or toppings, it went straight from pan to bowl! And I think there was enough left to have this for breakfast for 2 (maybe 3) more days!  I love it when I don't have to come up with a meal at the last minute. And since I don't have to add more ingredients, clean up is a breeze. It's like instant oatmeal without the "instant" taste (blech) or unwanted extra ingredients....Yay!


  1. Good! I've also put in a diced apple. "Table cream" is at Walmart, etc.and is a canned cream. Works pretty well, and is best used chilled. It's made by Nestle...

  2. This sounds SO YUMMY. How much milk/sugar/cinnamon/oatmeal??

    1. Here's my best guess (I didn't measure anything) Boil 2 cinnamon sticks in 2 cups water for a few minutes. Remove cinnamon and add 1/3 cup sugar. Stir in 1 can evaporated milk. That makes your runny cream. Use in place of water per oatmeal directions but don't boil it.


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