2-1/4 c. old fashioned oats, uncooked
1/3 c. brown sugar
2/4 C raisins
1/4 c. dried figs, coarsely chopped
1 apple, peeled and sliced
1/3 c. chopped macadamia nuts
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground mace
1/2 tsp salt
3-1/3 c. milk
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, sugar, raisins, figs, chopped nuts, cinnamon and salt. Mix well. In a medium bowl, combine the milk, eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add this to the dry ingredients, and mix until well blended.
Pour the mixture into the baking dish, and use a wooden spoon to make sure the solids are more or less evenly spread out. Arrange the apple slices over the surface. They will sink somewhat but that's okay, they'll float right back up when the oatmeal cooks.
Put in the oven to bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until the center is set and firm to the touch. Let cool slightly : it should be eaten a bit warm but not scalding hot.
Cut in 8 servings, and serve with yogurt and fruit if desired ; it is also nice with a thin spread of jam or peanut butter. Store the leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly covered, or wrap each serving individually and put in the freezer. You can then take a serving out the night before and leave it to thaw until the morning, when a 30-second stay in the microwave will bring it to the perfect temperature.
OKAY, DEXTER SAYS LEAVE OUT THE CRAISINS - USE DRIED CRANBERRIES OR GOLDEN RAISINS, AND HE CAN KEEP THE RECIPE!
WHOOPS - NOW HE'S BROUGHT IN THE NEIGHBOR'S NEWSPAPER - DEXTER!!!!!
(Did you notice he won't even show his face on this entry)? Shame on you, Dex - bad boy - GOOD RECIPE.....