Spiced Buttermilk Oatmeal with Dried Fruit and Pecans

Spiced Buttermilk Oatmeal with Dried Fruit and Pecans

Spiced Buttermilk Oatmeal
Spices including cardamom, star anise, and ginger jazz up a morning oatmeal. Mix the dry ingredients ahead of time for an easier camp-side breakfast.Andre Baranowski

Spices including cardamom, star anise, and ginger jazz up a morning oatmeal. This recipe first appeared in our May 2014 issue with the story Morning Glory: Breakfast Rituals.

Spiced Buttermilk Oatmeal with Dried Fruit and Pecans
From SAVEUR issue no. 165 Spices including cardamom, star anise, and ginger jazz up a morning oatmeal.
Yield: serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 12 tsp. ground green cardamom
  • 14 tsp. ground star anise
  • 1 (1”) piece ginger, peeled and mashed into a paste
  • 12 tsp. kosher salt
  • 34 cup buttermilk
  • 14 cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 cup mixed dried fruit, such as apricots, dates, and prunes, roughly chopped
  • 12 cup roughly chopped pecans, lightly toasted
  • Orange marmalade or raspberry jam, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oats, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, and ginger; cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and oats are slightly toasted, 2–3 minutes. Stir in salt and 3 cups water; boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring occasionally, until oatmeal is tender, about 25 minutes. Add buttermilk and whole milk; simmer until oatmeal is slightly thickened, 8–10 minutes. Stir in honey. Serve with dried fruit and pecans and, if you like, a swirl of marmalade.