3 cups water, milk, or a mixture
1 cup steel cut oats
3/8 tsp. salt (optional)
Bring the water or milk to a boil in a heavy saucepan. Add the salt and pour in the oats. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pan, and cook, without stirring, until the oats have softened and plumped up, 20 to 25 minutes. Turn off the heat and let sit, covered, for another 10 minutes. If your cereal is too thick, you can always thin it with more water or milk. Traditionally, Scotch oats are served with cold milk.
Garnish the finished cereal with chopped dried fruit and nuts. Sweeten to taste with honey, agave nectar, maple syrup or brown sugar.