I love oats with butter and sugar. The key is to add the fat later in the form of butter, and not at the beginning for a luxurious breakfast experience.






Skill level

Average: 3.4 (97 votes)


  • 160 g (1½ cups) quick oats
  • 375 ml (1½ cups) milk
  • good pinch of salt
  • 25 g cold butter, cut into 4 thin slices

Masala chai sugar

  • 55 g (¼ cup) caster sugar
  • 60 g (¼ cup) brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp finely ground black pepper

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


  1. For the masala chai sugar, place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine well.
  2. Combine the oats, milk and 375 ml (1¾ cups) water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 1 minute, then remove from the heat to stand for 1 minute. Transfer the oats to a serving bowl and sprinkle the top liberally with the masala chai sugar. Add a good pinch of salt and place a small pat of butter in the centre of each bowl.  


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