To make Amish baked oatmeal, combine 2 cups rolled oats, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix in two eggs, 2 cups milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 4 tablespoons melted butter. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 to 45 minutes.
Amish baked oatmeal is more like a bread pudding than the typical stove-top oatmeal that is so familiar. Adding different dried fruits and nuts according to taste can alter this basic recipe for Amish-style baked oatmeal. Some popular combinations include pecans and raisins or dried cranberries and walnuts. Fresh fruit, such as apples or pears, can also be included to provide a different texture to the recipe.
Most Amish-style baked oatmeal recipes like this one call for traditional rolled oats. Do not substitute instant oats as they do not hold up in the liquid during the longer baking time and become mushy. It is possible to substitute large flake oats instead of quick-cook oats, but due to the difference in texture, the overall length of baking time may need adjustment.
Baked oatmeal can be made ahead of time and reheated in the oven or microwave. It stores well in the refrigerator.