Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Scandinavian Porridge

There is nothing better to set you up for a winters day then a big bowl of porridge. Usually I will just cook some oats in a pan of milk and stir in a drizzle of syrup or honey but, when I have time I love to prepare my take on a recipe I found in an old Swedish cookbook.

The recipe is similar to my easy weekday one, but with the addition of apples and a little cinnamon.

Recently I seem to have aquired numerous Scandinavian cook books - an addiction I have developed since visiting Iceland! - and on reading I've found more things added to the basic porridge - from spices such as nutmeg, vanilla and clove, to dried or fresh fruits and berries which are often cooked in a syrup first and spoon over after serving, or various chopped nuts.
Some recipes are made with rice instead of oats, so are more like our rice pudding dessert, but I favour the oats for breakfast time and they are good for the digestion too.

Here's my recent recipe.......

Recipe - enough for 4 with large appetites!

150g porridge oats
750ml full fat milk - half fat if you must but please not skimmed!
half teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch salt
4 tablespoons of clear honey - or caster sugar
Vanilla powder - just a pinch
2 apples - russets are ideal
handful of almonds - chopped
cream to serve

Place the oats, cinnamon. vanilla and salt in a bowl and mix well. Pour over the milk, cover with cling film and place in the fridge over night.

Next morning peel and grate the apples. Tip the porridge into a heavy based pan and add the grated apples. Give it all a good stir and gently bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for a good 10 minutes until it has started to thicken. Add the honey and keep stirring so that it doesn't catch on the bottom of the pan. Once you have a good 'dropping' consistency spoon into bowls, sprinkle on the almonds and serve. Place the cream, more almonds and maybe some extra grated apple on the table for others to help themselves.

The perfect winter warmer and as one of my old cook books suggested, a must if your skiing after breakfast - not something that's a regular occurrence here in Cornwall!

Have a great day
Love Lizx