Donegal Oatmeal Cream
Fresh berries and a sweet fruit sauce team up with the favorite Irish grain

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Donegal Oatmeal Cream

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Ingredients

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15 fluid ounces / 440 ml Milk
1/2 cup / Pinhead oats
1 pinch Salt
1 Large eggs Beaten
1 Large orange Grated rind and juice of orange
2 tablespoons Granulated sugar
1/2 ounce Gelatine
2 tablespoons Hot water
8 fluid ounces / 240 ml Heavy cream
Enough to make a sauce Fruit jam Whatever flavor you prefer
Enough to layer Fresh fruit For layering or as a garnish

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    Cracked whole oats and fresh local fruit make this a perennial seasonal favorite

    • 36 hours 30 minutes
    • Serves 4
    • Easy

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    Here’s a dessert based on that hardiest of homegrown Irish grains, the oat. Don’t try this with rolled oats! You need the cracked whole oat grain or groat, sometimes called pinhead oats, cracked oats or porage oats. Health food stores often carry them if your local grocery doesn’t.

    Making this dessert takes a little extra work, but it’s worth it. The dulcet smoothness of the oatmeal cream and the lighter, cooler touch of the whipped cream, with the gracenote of tart fruit added, make the perfect end to a festive meal.

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    Steps

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    The night before

    Scald the milk (i.e., heat it to just before boiling but do not let it boil) and remove from heat. Add the oatmeal and the pinch of salt: stir, cover, and soak the oatmeal overnight in the milk.

    2
    Done

    The next day

    The next day, reheat the oatmeal and milk mixture just until it boils. Simmer for another 3-4 minutes: then remove from heat.

    Pour the mixture into a bowl and add the beaten egg, grated lemon rind, and sugar to taste. Dissolve the gelatine in the orange juice and water. Add this to the mixture when it's cooled, and then carefully fold in the whipped cream.

    Pour the whole mixture into a single glass bowl, or into individual parfait glasses, and leave to set. (You may want to stir the contents gently once or twice while they're setting, to keep the oats from sinking to the bottom.) Serve with more whipped cream and 3-4 tablespoons of your chosen fruit sauce on top.

    3
    Done

    As a parfait

    Allow the whole recipe's worth of oatmeal cream to set in a single bowl. Stir gently as above, so that the oatmeal is evenly distributed through the mixture when it's set. Then spoon it into parfait glasses, alternating layers of oatmeal cream with more whipped cream and drizzles of fruit sauce (and fruit if you want to). Also, if you want to cut back on the calories a little, you could substitute creme fraiche or beaten low-fat sour cream for the whipped cream.

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