I set my crock pot for 7 hours and then it automatically goes to "warm" setting. I awoke after about 8 hours total time and while it wasn't exactly burned the oatmeal was indeed stuck to the sides of the pot. If I tried to scrape it the oatmeal was crunchy and a bit charred. Then the taste and texture of the oatmeal wasn't much better than just cooking a packet of quick oats in the microwave. I subbed skim milk for half of the water. Not worth the effort in my opinion.
It's a great and healthy recipe. The creamy consistency is delicious. I actually bake it in the oven overnight in a heavy pan with a fitted lid at 225 for 7 to 8hrs. I also add 2 fresh unpeeled apples cut in pieces before putting the dish in the oven for a different apple sauce version. You can use only milk instead of 1/2 water and 1/2 milk. Especially good if you use skim or 1% milk.
I was not happy with this recipe. When I came down this morning eagerly expecting a yummy breakfast I found a pot of gloppy oatmeal that had stuck to the bottom and a little on the sides of the crockpot. I have used this crockpot for many things and it works perfectly...I followed the directions exactly but did not end up with what I imagined I would. We did salvage enough oatmeal to serve my family (after pulling out large crusty sections) but even that wasn't as tasty as I was imagining it would be. I would not use this recipe again.
week's supply of oatmeal This is a great method for serving special oatmeal for a crowd. For myself I put 1 cup steel cut oats with 4 cups water in a 3qt. casserole cover and put in an oven heated to 400 degrees - turn off the oven and leave overnight - next morning you've got a week's worth of oatmeal. I put it in a covered container and refrigerate for a week.
I should have read the comments before trying this. I too woke up to a layer of burned oats along the inside walls of my crockpot. Such a disappointment as I was very excited about waking up to a delicious breakfast!