8 min cook time
35 min prep time
Preperation Time:
35 mins
Cooking Time:
8 mins


4-1/2 cups milk
1-1/2 cup quick cooking oats
12 pitted dried dates snipped with scissors into small pieces
1/4 cup granulated sugar for crisping the top


  1. In a saucepan, over medium high heat add the milk, oats and dates.
  2. Bring to low boil and then turn down to a simmer and cook 6 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Spoon into little round bowls. About a cup each. I was able to do 6 of these bowls.
  4. Let set until cooled about 1/2 to 1 hour.
  5. Sprinkle sugar, evenly, over the tops of the oats. I experimented with raw (turbinado) sugar and also coconut sugar. All three were delicious but the granulated sugar is the one that gave the traditional hard topping that you can tap with a spoon.
  6. Now to get the topping to melt and harden.
  7. Turn on the broiler with the rack on the second from the top shelf.
  8. Place the bowls on a baking sheet.
  9. Slip the baking sheet, with the bowls, on the top rack.
  10. Broil them for 7 top 8 minutes.
  11. The sugar will eventually turn to liquid and bubble all over. When the time is up take the baking sheet out of the oven and let cool.
  12. If you use turbinado or coconut sugar you need to watch them and turn the bowls because the sugar actually browns and you don’t want them to burn.
  13. If you have one of those little kitchen blow torches then you can use that instead of the broiler.
  14. Keep in the refrigerator and eat cold or zap in the microwave for a very short time so you do not wreck the hard topping.

This recipe has first appeared here.


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