While it’s nearly impossible to see in these pictures, I poured brandy over my breakfast and set it on fire.
Setting your breakfast on fire is totally normal, right? Pfft, I don’t care about being “normal”! The way I see it, it’s my job to turn oatmeal into something ridiculous. Not that this is my job exactly.
The concept of flambéing something is hardly unusual – it’s very common to flambé crêpes or Christmas pudding – but flambéing oatmeal? Well, why not? Admittedly, I can think of one good reason not to flambé oatmeal: it’s (generally) eaten for breakfast. Still, I refuse to believe this is an issue. I’m not recommending that anyone to pour liquor over every breakfast, but surely it’s okay to break the rules of what counts as an expectable time to ingest alcohol occasionally. Like having a mimosa with a special brunch.
That being said, I’ve never actually tried a mimosa because I almost never drink alcohol – even though I’m more than happy to eat it. I suppose I like the flavor in food, but find it too intense by itself. Also, I can’t handle much alcohol before I start feeling funky – and not the good type of funky.
This may not scream “Valentine’s Day” to you, but it does to me. First of all, there’s liquor, something that’s either part of or the cause of many relationships (or awkward-and-not-so-romantic memories). Secondly, it’s on fire (briefly). This can mean whatever you want it to. Maybe you’re head-over-heels in love and want to present this breakfast to your special someone while singing “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles. And then your special someone can pretend that you don’t sound like a drunken weirdo. Okay, I can tell I’m not going to sell this idea to anyone.
Nevertheless, this is almost like a baked oatmeal candle, and candles are considered romantic for some reason.
Then, of course, maybe you’re someone who hates Valentine’s Day and are sick of seeing boxes of chocolates and cards with naked babies holding crossbows. Really, that image is disturbing at best. I’m certainly boycotting the Cupid cards. Anyway, if you’re sick to death of Valentine’s Day, then simply set fire to your breakfast in anger. And surely the combination of brandy, baked oatmeal and banana will help ease your pain.
While this recipe calls for brandy extract in the baked oatmeal, this can be replaced by actual brandy – my guess is that about a tablespoon would be enough. And if you’re someone who simply cannot pour actual liquor over their breakfast, then don’t try setting it on fire (it won’t work without the alcohol). But don’t despair, I’m sure this would still taste great without flambéing it.
Last but not least, I have to admit that I used more than 2 tablespoons of brandy – but mostly because I was trying to get a picture of it on fire. Hmm… I think I need more photography practice. Not to worry, there’s plenty of time to set more breakfasts on fire.
- 1 overripe banana
- ⅛ teaspoon molasses
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ teaspoon brandy extract
- ⅓ cup almond milk (or other milk)
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ - 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
- 1 - 2 (or more) tablespoons brandy, to flambé
- Grease a small ramekin. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
- In a bowl, mash the banana well. Mix in molasses, vanilla extract and brandy extract. Mix in the almond milk. Add the oats, baking powder and chopped walnuts, and stir until well combined.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared ramekin, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
- When the oatmeal is ready, pour over some brandy, strike a match and set alight. Enjoy, but please be extremely careful!