Quick porridge

Quick porridge

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River Cottage Every Day
Serves
2-3
Photographer
Simon Wheeler

It took a while for me to warm to this classic breakfast, after the experience of lumpy, cement-like porridge at school. In fact it was the Wallace porridge (see below) that converted me. Now I’d say there is no finer start to the day.

You can scale this up to serve as many people as you like. Just stick to the ratio of one part oats to two and a half parts water and/or milk (by volume).

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
120g porridge oats
700ml water or milk
A pinch sea salt

To serve:

Quantity Ingredient
milk, cream, honey, sugar, golden syrup, maple syrup or jam
bananas, apples or raisins, (optional)
A pinch ground cinnamon, (optional)

Method

  1. Tip the oats into a pan, stir in the water and/or milk and the salt and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Cook briskly for 3 minutes, stirring constantly (jumbo oats will take twice as long). If it’s getting too thick, add a dash of hot water.
  2. Serve the porridge with a little milk or cream and your choice of sweetener: honey, demerara, soft brown or white sugar, golden or maple syrup, or jam. Feel free to crank it up with sliced bananas, apple slices (gently fried in butter, if you like), raisins and/or a pinch of cinnamon.

Variation

  • Wallace porridge

    So called because my friend Andrew Wallace showed me how to make it, this traditional Scottish approach to porridge uses coarse pinhead oatmeal rather than flat rolled oats, for a nuttier, grainier finish, which I love. It needs overnight soaking, and takes a bit longer to cook.

    For 4 people, tip 250g pinhead oatmeal into a pan, pour in 900ml cold water and leave overnight. In the morning, add a good pinch of salt and stir gently over a medium heat until it begins to bubble and gloop like hot mud. Turn the heat down low and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes, until the porridge is cooked through and creamy. If it is a little thick, a dash of boiling water from the kettle will loosen it. Serve with your choice of milk, cream, honey, jam, syrup or sugar.
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