1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups quick oats
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup brown sugar
Bring 3 3/4 cups water and the salt to a boil. Stir in oats, vanilla, and brown sugar. Consistency should be rather thick.
Spray 5 custard cups or decorative molds with nonstick spray. Fill with oatmeal mixture and refrigerate overnight.
Before serving, microwave on medium for 2 minutes or heat in oven 20 minutes at 350 degrees. To finish, drizzle purèes (see recipes, below) on plates, unmold oatmeal, and place in center. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and pour vanilla sauce (see recipe, below) on top.
2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries (thawed)
1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste
Mix ingredients in a blender, reserving a few whole berries for garnish. Press through fine sieve.
Follow recipe above using raspberries.
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup 2 percent milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Heat ingredients over medium flame until sugar dissolves. Cool to room temperature.