Indulge in Bruleed Irish Oatmeal for Breakfast Treat

Welcome to my Bruleed Irish Oatmeal Recipe, a delightful dish filled with the rich flavors that come with a hearty and wholesome breakfast. As a chef who specializes in British cuisine, I can assure you that this recipe is like no other. With its delicately crispy top layer and creamy center, this dish creates a delectable combination of textures, making it the perfect breakfast treat.

For those who may not be familiar with Irish oatmeal, it is also known as “steel-cut oats” or “pinhead oats,” essentially pieces of oat groats that have been cut into pieces using a steel mill. Irish oatmeal is famous for its nutty flavor, chewy texture, and its ability to keep you satisfied and full.

In this recipe article, I’ll lead you through each step of making this Bruleed Irish Oatmeal Recipe – from selecting the ingredients to serving and pairing it with complementary foods. Whether you’re new to fancy breakfasts or a professional chef looking for inspiration, you won’t want to miss out on this recipe for an oatmeal brulee that’s guaranteed to impress!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Bruleed Irish Oatmeal
Bruleed Irish Oatmeal

Welcome, fellow oatmeal enthusiasts! I’m excited to share with you a recipe that will truly revolutionize your breakfast routine: Bruleed Irish Oatmeal. Trust me, the name says it all – this dish is pure indulgence.

What sets this recipe apart from your average bowl of oatmeal is its rich and creamy texture, thanks to the use of steel-cut Irish oatmeal. Don’t be fooled by those instant oatmeal packets – they pale in comparison to the natural, nutty flavor and satisfying chew of steel-cut oats.

But what really sets this dish apart is the heavenly crackly layer of bruleed sugar on top. When torched just right, it adds a satisfying crunch and deep caramel flavor that perfectly complements the warm spices in the oatmeal base.

And can we talk about how easy this recipe is? With only 8 simple ingredients and straightforward instructions, you’ll have a delicious breakfast on the table in no time. Plus, it’s infinitely customizable – swap in your favorite dried fruits or nuts to make it uniquely yours.

So, whether you’re looking for a cozy weekend brunch or a quick weekday breakfast on-the-go, Bruleed Irish Oatmeal has got your back. It’s hearty, flavorful, and utterly satisfying – what more could you want in a breakfast dish? Give it a try and thank me later.

Ingredient List

 Creamy Irish oatmeal topped with a crispy, caramelized sugar crust.
Creamy Irish oatmeal topped with a crispy, caramelized sugar crust.


Steel cut oats: 2 cups.

Water: 4 cups (2 cups for the oatmeal and 2 cups for water bath}

McCann Irish oatmeal: 1 cup.

Milk: 3 cups (1 cup for soaking the dried fruits and 2 cups for making oatmeal).

Orange peel strip: 1/3 cup.

Cinnamon stick: 1.

Dash salt

Brulee Ingredients:

Dried pear half pieces using steel cut oats: 1/2 cup

Dried Fruits (maple cream, fruit, maple syrup): 4 cups.

Packed light brown sugar: 3/4 cup.

Orange zest: of one orange.

If you are looking to prepare Irish oatmeal brulee, then make sure that you have all these ingredients prepared before starting. You can find most of the ingredients in your local market or grocery store.

The Recipe How-To

 A breakfast dish fit for a queen or king!
A breakfast dish fit for a queen or king!

Let’s dive into the heart of this recipe, shall we? Bruleed Irish Oatmeal is a fun twist on a classic breakfast dish. The recipe may take up to 45 minutes to prepare but it’s totally worth the effort. It’s satisfying, delicious and flavorful. You’ll love the crunchy texture on top, which comes from bruleeing the dish with a culinary torch or broiler.


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups McCann Irish oatmeal
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 strip of orange peel
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups mixed dried fruits
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup


  1. Bring the water to a boil in medium saucepan over high heat.
  2. Add the oats, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Add milk, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, orange peel and salt. Continue cooking and stirring occasionally for another 15–20 minutes (or until desired thickness).
  4. Stir in dried fruit and remove from heat.
  5. Set oven to broil or use a culinary torch to brulee the oatmeal mixture.
  6. Drizzle maple syrup over the top and broil for one more minute.

And voila! A delicious and healthy breakfast option that will leave you feeling satisfied all morning long!

TIPS: For extra flavor, consider swapping out some or all of the water in this recipe with apple cider, coconut milk or almond milk. Also, If you’re feeling fancy, add pistachios and other nuts on top for an added crunch!

Substitutions and Variations

 Golden brown and irresistibly delicious.
Golden brown and irresistibly delicious.

While this Bruleed Irish Oatmeal Recipe is already amazing as is, there are a few substitutions and variations you can make to switch things up or cater to your personal tastes.

Firstly, if you don’t have Irish oatmeal on hand or cannot find it at your grocery store, steel cut oats are a great substitute. You can also use regular rolled oats, but keep in mind that the texture will be much softer than with steel cut oats or Irish oatmeal.

If you’re looking for a vegan version of this recipe, substituting the milk and cream with non-dairy alternatives like almond milk and coconut cream will work just fine.

For those who want a sweeter version of this recipe, try adding in some brown sugar or maple syrup during the cooking process. Alternatively, top your bruleed Irish oatmeal with some dried fruits like cranberries or raisins and add a drizzle of maple syrup for extra sweetness.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding in some different spice combinations. A dash of nutmeg or cardamom goes well with the cinnamon and orange flavors in this recipe.

Finally, if you’re feeling creative, experiment with different toppings for your bruleed Irish oatmeal. Fresh fruit like bananas or berries are great options. You can also add a dollop of whipped cream or even sprinkle on some brown sugar and brulee it to make an oatmeal creme brulee.

No matter what substitutions or variations you make to this recipe, I’m sure the end result will be delicious!

Serving and Pairing

 Start your morning off right with a bowl of bruleed oatmeal.
Start your morning off right with a bowl of bruleed oatmeal.

As I mentioned earlier, Bruleed Irish Oatmeal is a comforting breakfast dish that’s perfect for chilly mornings or as a nutritious snack later in the day. This dish offers a unique, textural twist to your typical oatmeal by adding a crunchy caramelized layer on top.

When it comes to serving this dish, I like to use small ramekins or bowls so each person can have their own individual portion. You can also serve the oatmeal family-style in a larger dish if you prefer. To serve, simply sprinkle the oatmeal with cinnamon and orange zest for an extra pop of flavor.

As for pairing, Bruleed Irish Oatmeal pairs perfectly with a variety of dried fruits such as raisins, cherries or figs. You can also drizzle some maple syrup on top of the brulee for added sweetness. For an extra special treat, try topping your oatmeal with homemade whipped cream or maple cream.

If you’re looking for a more savory option, consider adding a pinch of salt and some crumbled bacon or sliced avocado on top of the brulee. This adds a lovely salty and creamy contrast to the sweetness of the sugar caramelization.

Overall, Bruleed Irish Oatmeal is versatile enough to be enjoyed for breakfast or as a comforting dessert. It also pairs well with coffee, tea or hot cocoa for a cozy winter treat. Be creative and experiment with different toppings and flavor combinations until you find your perfect bowl of oatmeal!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A decadent and comforting way to begin your day.
A decadent and comforting way to begin your day.

The Bruleed Irish Oatmeal is a dish that can be conveniently made ahead of time to save you the hassle of having to cook breakfast on a busy morning. Simply prepare the oatmeal as instructed in the recipe, allow it to cool down to room temperature, and transfer it into an airtight container. The oatmeal can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.

To reheat the oatmeal, add a little bit of water, milk, or cream to thin it out and prevent it from becoming dry. Microwave it for about one minute, then take it out and stir it. If it needs more time, continue microwaving for an additional thirty seconds until it reaches your desired consistency.

Alternatively, you can heat the leftovers on the stovetop over medium heat while stirring frequently until heated through. Make sure you add a little bit of liquid as needed during the reheating process, so that the oatmeal doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

What’s great is that this dish is also freezer-friendly! You can freeze cooked oatmeal for up to two months in an airtight container. Reheat it in the microwave or stovetop, adding small amounts of liquid as necessary just like reheating from the fridge.

To achieve that bruleed effect after reheating your frozen portion or leftovers from your fridge – simply sprinkle brown sugar on top and torch until melted and caramelized.

By making extra portions in advance, you’ll always have a delicious breakfast option on hand that requires very little effort.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect cozy breakfast for a chilly winter morning.
The perfect cozy breakfast for a chilly winter morning.

Now, let’s talk about some tips that could help you achieve perfect and delicious results with this bruleed Irish oatmeal recipe.

Firstly, make sure to use steel-cut oats instead of rolled oats. Steel-cut oats are less processed and will hold their shape better during cooking. Rolled oats tend to turn mushy and lose their distinct chewy texture.

When cooking the oatmeal, be patient and don’t rush the process. It is important to let the oatmeal cook slowly on medium heat for at least 30 minutes until it becomes creamy and smooth.

To prevent the oatmeal from sticking to the bottom of the pot, stir it occasionally with a wooden spoon instead of a metal one.

Adding dried fruits such as dried pear halves or orange zest will give the oatmeal extra flavor and texture.

When making the brulee topping, use a kitchen torch to caramelize the brown sugar until it turns golden brown. Make sure not to overcook it, as it can easily turn bitter.

If you don’t have a kitchen torch, you can broil the oatmeal in the oven for just a few minutes until the sugar caramelizes on top.

For an extra bit of sweetness, serve with a drizzle of pure maple syrup or maple cream on top.

Lastly, if you want to prepare this recipe ahead of time, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Simply reheat in the microwave or on stove-top with a splash of milk or water.

With these helpful tips, your bruleed Irish oatmeal will turn out perfectly delicious every time!


As with any recipe, there may be some questions or concerns that arise in the cooking process. Here are some frequently asked questions about Bruleed Irish Oatmeal recipe that I have received along with their corresponding answers to help you achieve perfect results every time.

What is the difference between Irish oatmeal and regular oatmeal?

Steel-cut oats, which are sometimes referred to as coarse or Irish oats, have a less refined making process compared to other oats. This process involves cutting whole groats into smaller pieces using steel blades. Due to this, steel-cut oats have a longer cooking time but also come with a chewy texture and more substantial taste compared to quick oatmeal.

What is Irish style oatmeal?

Steel-cut oatmeal, which is sometimes referred to as Irish Oatmeal, is made by cutting oat groats into several pieces using a steel blade. This type of oatmeal is minimally processed and retains all the nutritional value of whole oat groats.

Is McCann’s Irish oatmeal good for you?

With a mere half a gram of saturated fat per serving, McCann’s ® Irish Oatmeal makes for a low-fat breakfast option. Moreover, it has zero cholesterol, making it a heart-healthy choice for health-conscious individuals. Packed with both soluble and insoluble fiber, this oatmeal is a natural promoter of good health.

Why are Irish oats better?

The Irish Sea is the primary source of water for the numerous rivers found in Britain, which nourish the country’s fertile soil. The slow ripening process of the oats allows them to absorb more nutrients from the nutrient-rich soil, resulting in oats that are both flavorful and nutritious. The oats have a distinct nutty taste and a thick, hearty texture that is a result of the slow natural process.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this bruleed Irish oatmeal recipe is a classic dish that deserves a place on every breakfast table. With its creamy steel-cut texture and warm cinnamon-orange flavors, it is sure to become a family favorite. The simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions make it perfect for both novice and experienced cooks. Whether you’re looking for a simple breakfast, a cozy weekend brunch or a delicious dessert, this Irish oatmeal brulee recipe has got you covered.

With the flexibility of the ingredients, anyone can customize the recipe to their liking, making it even more adaptable to individual tastes. Whether you choose to top your bruleed oatmeal with dried fruit, maple syrup or orange zest, the options are endless.

So why wait? Go ahead and try this recipe for yourself! It’s a dish that will never disappoint and one that should be added to everyone’s breakfast and brunch menus. If you’re looking for something different than overnight oats, baked oatmeal or banana brulee – don’t hesitate to give this recipe a try. Trust me; you’ll love it!

Bruleed Irish Oatmeal

Bruleed Irish Oatmeal Recipe

This is a great dish to serve overnight guests during the holidays. You just have to remember to dry the brown sugar the night before. Even those who swear they don't like oatmeal will probably like this. I'm one of those myself. Don't try to substitute for the steel-cut oats in this recipe, and the dried fruit chips add a lot to the finished dish. The original recipe is attributed to Katy Sparks of Quilty's restaurant, New York.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 60 Mins, Beginner Cook, Breakfast, Broil, Brunch, Easy, Grains, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Oven, Stove Top, Sweet, Winter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Calories 397.1kcal


  • 2 -3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 3/4 cup any steel cut oats (Irish or Scottish)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • dried apple
  • dried pear half, chips
  • maple syrup


  • Spread brown sugar out on a baking sheet and set aside overnight; force through a sieve or grind in spice grinder; set aside.
  • Bring milk and water to a boil; stir in oatmeal and salt; cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring often; continue to stir occasionally, reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes or until oats are desired firmness and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Spoon oatmeal into serving bowls; sprinkle with dried brown sugar and using a mini torch, melt the sugar until it forms a golden crust.
  • Alternatively, pour the oatmeal into a casserole dish and use the broiler to melt the sugar, about 2 minutes.
  • Garnish with apple and pear chips and maple syrup.


Serving: 309g | Calories: 397.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 60.8g | Protein: 15.9g | Fat: 10.7g | Saturated Fat: 4.9g | Cholesterol: 25.6mg | Sodium: 246.3mg | Fiber: 6.2g | Sugar: 13.4g

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