Oatmeal is a great stick-to-your-bones meal and this recipe makes it much tastier. You can vary the size for the people you need to serve, Customize it however you like!
One-inch tall round casserole. It served four. If you wish, you can prepare it the night before (or even two nights before) and bake in the morning. It's probably best to add the nuts on top just before baking.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3 cups old fashioned Quaker oats
6 cups skim milk
1/8 t. salt
Bring milk and salt to a boil. Stir in oats. Cook about 5 minutes over medium heat. Stir occasionally. (Cook until it looks good to eat.).
Meanwhile, mix crumbled topping ingredients together with fork:
2 T. soft butter
4 T. flour
4 T. brown sugar
Put hot oatmeal in flat casserole or Pyrex dish. Crumble topping over all. Sprinkle a little more brown sugar where the topping didn't completely cover.
Put dried fruit and nuts on top in any combination and pattern you wish. Suggestions: apricots, cherries, prunes, almonds, walnuts.
YOU CAN STOP HERE AND REFRIGERATE OVERNIGHT. It may require slightly longer cooking but then you do all the legwork in advance!
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes until topping is melted and slightly hardened but be careful not to burn fruit.
Serve with milk.