Jumpstart Your Day With This Fall Twist On A Breakfast Staple

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As the mornings get cooler, we like our breakfasts warmer. Old fashioned oats are one thing — steel-cut another. And, when there's buttermilk and dried fruit in the mix, that morning meal suddenly becomes the one you look forward to most of all.
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Spiced Buttermilk Oatmeal with Dried Fruit and Pecans
Serves 4-6
Ingredients
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup steel-cut oats
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground green cardamom
1/4 tsp ground star anise
1 one-inch piece ginger, peeled and mashed into a paste
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup whole milk
1 tbsp honey
1 cup mixed dried fruit, such as apricots, dates, and prunes, roughly chopped
1/2 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.
2. Stir in salt and 3 cups water; boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring occasionally, until oatmeal is tender, about 25 minutes.
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3. 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.