Baked oatmeal is perfect when serving a crowd for breakfast. You can bake this the night before and reheat in the morning for an easy and impressive breakfast. If making ahead, wait to make the sauce until ready to serve. Replace blackberries with blueberries or other berry.
If you would prefer to not make your own caramel sauce, this is perfectly delicious with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
1. Preheat oven to 375°F and generously spray the inside of a 10-1/2 by 7 inch baking dish with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest, nutmeg and salt.
Add half of the oat mixture to prepared baking dish.
Arrange half of the blackberries on top. Then, add the second half of the oatmeal and top with the remaining blackberries.
3. In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, melted butter and vanilla extract.
Gently shimmy/shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set.
4. Before serving, make the caramel sauce by melting butter in a small saucepan over medium heat then add brown sugar.
Cook while stirring until the sugar dissolves.
Add water, stir, and then drizzle over oatmeal.
Notes and Tips
Make Ahead Meal Idea: You can make this oatmeal the night before cooking. Some readers have tried freezing: After mixing everything together the oatmeal is covered tightly or poured into resealable plastic bags and frozen. Then, when you want to bake the oatmeal, just take it out of the freezer, thaw and bake as directed. If you do this, we just suggest that the fruit is mixed into the oatmeal, not placed on top if you decide to freeze.