I love Porridge, it’s a staple in our house during winter (or any time really). I like mine sweet with a variety of toppings, while Stuart is more traditional and likes his with salt! This week is Breakfast Week, an initiative being run by the HGCA to promote the health benefits of eating Breakfast. Porridge is so easy to make, from using a box of oats to the more ready made ‘Oats so Simple’, there is no excuse not to give it a try.
Basic Porridge (Makes 2 servings)
In a pot combine all your ingredients. You can choose to use all water, all milk or half and half – I like half and half
Mix the ingredients together and bring to the boil and then simmer for about 6 – 8 minutes until the mixture is gloopy and creamy
Remove from the heat and put into your bowls
Now you can add your toppings!
Here are some of my favourite toppings which I like to enjoy on my porridge, maybe some will encourage you to give it a try, that its not as boring as it can be!
Instead of using half water half milk, use all milk – preferably whole milk and add a dash of double cream. Once cooked, top with sugar and a little more of the cream – yum!
Banana, Cinnamon, Almond and Honey
Toast a small handful of almonds and chop up a banana. Once the porridge is cooked sprinkle in some cinnamon, a teaspoon or two of honey and half the banana. Mix together, divide it between the two bowls and top with the remaining banana and the toasted almonds
Banana, Nutella and Hazelnut
Toast a small handful of hazelnuts and then chop them into smaller pieces. Chop up a banana. Once the porridge is cooked mix half the chopped banana through it and divide between the two bowls. Then top with a large dollop of Nutella, the remaining chopped banana and the toasted hazelnuts – maybe not the healthiest but certainly tasty!
Apple and Blackberry
Chop a small red apple and add to a saucepan with 2 tsp. sugar and a little drop of water. Bring to the boil and then simmer for around 15 minutes or until the apple has softened. Then add 150g Blackberries and simmer for another 5 minutes until the Blackberries are soft. Once the porridge is cooked, divided it between the two bowls and top with the apple and blackberry compote. You could also add a little cinnamon to the compote while it is cooking to give it a little spiciness.
Cranberry and Orange
This topping requires a bit of forward planning! The night before add a handful of dried cranberries to a bowl and pour over orange juice until all the cranberries are covered. Cover and leave overnight, the cranberries will re-hydrate. Make the porridge as usual, about halfway through cooking add 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg and 1 tbsp. brown sugar, stir well. Drain the cranberries and add a little of the left over juice to the porridge at the end of cooking. Divide the porridge between the two bowls and sprinkle the cranberries over the top, and finish with zest of an half an orange.
Hopefully these will give you some ideas to liven up your daily porridge intake, or maybe even convince you to give it a go!