It’s a pear recipe! 😱 And I liked it!
Many of you have asked me why I keep attempting pear recipes even though I claim to hate pears. The thing is, I am determined to find a recipe that makes me like them. I’m convinced there has to be way to prepare them via oatmeal that makes them not simply tolerable, but enjoyable.
This recipe worked for me. 👌
I think it worked for a few reasons. The “smashed pear” effect, made possible by mashing some of the pears with a spatula while they were cooking, created a cohesive and close-to-creamy porridge (similar to grating apples).
Second of all, the subtle hit of orange added just the right flavor to give these pears some much-needed brightness and punch, yet it still tastes distinctly pear-like.
Finally, the allspice rounds it out. Cinnamon felt too expected, so I went with allspice, which kind of tastes like a lovechild of cinnamon + nutmeg. A 1/4 teaspoon feels kind of like a lot when you’re mixing it in, but once it’s thoroughly combined, it really is the perfect amount. It remains a background flavor while lending a helping hand to the otherwise bland (*ahem*) pear.
I went with pepitas because it felt perfect for this autumn breakfast, but pecans would have been great, too.
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What you'll need:
- 1/2 cup water or milk of choice*
- juice of 1/2 an orange, or about 1/4 cup's worth
- 1/2 (or a full) a pear, diced into 1/2" cubes
- 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats*
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- pinch of salt
- handful of raisins or cranberries (optional)
- pepitas, for topping (optional)
How to make it:
- Add water and orange to a saucepan over medium heat. Add in cubed pear.
- When liquid comes to a low boil, add oats, and reduce heat to a simmer. (If you'd like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
- While oats are cooking, smash some of the pear pieces with your spatula.
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add allspice and salt. If using, also add raisins. Stir.
- When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice, a sprinkle of pepitas, and any other additional toppings (coconut, pecans, nut butter, etc.).
Just an FYI:
*You can make this with rolled or quick oats by increasing the liquid to 3/4 cup and the oats to 1/2 cup.