Cook oatmeal in water with a pinch of salt over medium heat for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat cream over low heat heat. Place star anise, cinnamon and orange zest in a small piece of cheesecloth and tie with cotton string. Add to cream and simmer about 10 minutes to infuse the cream. Whisk in maple syrup and cook until cream coats the back of a spoon. Remove the sachet of spices. Place 1/2 of the oatmeal in a heat proof bowl. Sprinkle an even layer of the fruits and nuts over the oatmeal, cover the second half of oatmeal. Sprinkle sugar over the top and place bowl under the broiler until sugar caramelizes, adding more sugar if necessary to achieve a crisp shell. Serve immediately with the maple cream.
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Recipe courtesy Katy Sparks, Quilty's Restaurant, New York City