Jean's Oatmeal Pudding
Ready? Get out a sauce pan and bring to a boil:
4 1/2 cups of water
Generous 1/2 cup raisins
1/3 - 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (turn the water tan with the real stuff)
Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
Once it's boiling, stir in 2 cups old-fashioned oats. Not instant or "quick". This is very important.
Boil (uncovered) gently for 5 minutes (set a timer), stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and stir in flavoring. I like to use about 1/2 teaspoon (or even a little more) of a mixture of almond and (real) vanilla (one part almond to 3-4 parts vanilla). I've also occasionally added a light sprinkle of cinnamon, as well.
Cover and let stand at least five minutes. Then stir again. It can be eaten hot with or without milk, or left to stand a bit longer and eaten warm but our absolute most favorite way to eat Oatmeal Pudding is straight from the refrigerator as a dessert.
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