2 Tablespoons brown sugar (white sugar also works)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
In a medium sauce pan, combine the water, orange juice and salt. Bring mixture to a boil. Add the oats, reduce heat to a very low boil and cook 6 minutes - stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and stir in the cranberries, sugar, vanilla and orange peel.
Serve warm with a couple cranberries and a slice of orange on top for garnish.
If you like your oatmeal a little thicker, add 2 additional Tablespoons of oats to the oats in the ingredient list.
If you're short on orange juice, no problem. This dish derives most of its orange flavor from the grated orange peel (zest). The orange juice adds a nice complexity to the overall flavor, but it isn't necessary. Just use 1 and 3/4 cup water.
For best results, leave the finished oatmeal over low heat for 5 or 10 minutes before serving. The flavors mingle together and the oats soften for a more even texture.
A double dose of orange blends with tangy cranberries for an oatmeal that is sure to wake up your senses.
Mr Breakfast would like to thank Mr Breakfast for this recipe.