My maple baked oats with figs


Ideally, brunch suggests lazy mornings spent lazing in pyjamas with lazy food that doesn’t require too much tending. Here, you’ll find a cross between a warming porridge and a flapjack with beautiful figs and delicate tart apple running through the oats. Common to most brunches, syrup is an absolute must! A brunch without maple is like a Mountie without his hat.

Serves 6

Prep Time – 10 minutes
Cook Time – 35-40 minutes

500ml semi skimmed milk
2 medium eggs
30g unsalted butter, melted
4 tbsp dark brown sugar
75ml maple syrup
4 -5 ripe figs, each cut into 8
1 large cooking apple, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
200g rolled oats
1 heaped tsp baking powder
1 tsp all spice
pinch of salt
50g flaked almonds

1/ Preheat the oven to 180C, fan 160C, gas 6.
2/ In a small bowl or jug gently whisk the milk, egg, yolk, melted butter, 2 tbsp sugar and maple syrup.
3/ Grease the bottom of a 1 litre dish and tumble half the figs, chunks of apple, oats, baking powder, all spice and salt into the dish. Give everything a good jumble around using your hands or a large spoon.
5/ Gently pour over the milk mixture and allow it to soak in for a few minutes.
6/ Sprinkle the remaining figs, flaked almonds and the remaining sugar onto the mixture.
7/ Bake for 35-40 minutes so the milk has become fully absorbed. Serve whilst still warm with yoghurt for a delicious brunch dish. 

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