Comfort and cosiness is the theme of this month's Making Winter project which will be hosted by Silverpebble starting on Monday.
When I saw Charlotte's lovely photo of a steaming bowl of porridge I was reminded how comforting a bowl of porridge was on a cold January morning. It's also an extremely quick breakfast especially if you are only making it for one or two people. I've never seen the point of instant oats, or pre-measured individual servings. Buy a bag of plain porridge oats and save yourself packaging and money.
To make a bowl of porridge for one person put 3 tablespoons of oats in a small non-stick pan with 6 fl oz of milk or water (or a combination of the two). Turn the heat to medium-high and it will start to bubble within a minute or two. Let it bubble for 2-3 minutes more, stirring often. Turn the heat down if it seems to be bubbling too fiercely. Add more liquid if it gets too thick.
Scrape it into a bowl and drizzle with golden syrup, honey, a sprinkle of brown sugar or salt if you are a traditionalist. You could also try one of these ideas.
This was a really delicious combination. Just dollop a spoonful of mincemeat on top of your porridge.
Nutella and hazelnuts
A dessertspoonful of Nutella stirred into the porridge and topped with chopped hazelnuts.
Banana and coconut
Add a tablespoon of desiccated coconut to the oats and cook them together. Then stir in half a mashed banana and top with the other half. Finish with a sprinkle of coconut and some brown sugar.
Add a teaspoon of black treacle and a teaspoon of golden syrup to the porridge as cook along with a pinch of ground ginger, a pinch of cinnamon, and a pinch of mixed spice. Finish with a swirl of black treacle.
Blueberry, pecan and maple
Put a handful of blueberries in to the porridge as it cooks so that they burst and release their juices.
Then sprinkle on some chopped pecans and pour on a little maple syrup.
Apple (or quince) purée and cinnamon
Dried cranberries, flaked almonds and honey
Chocolate chip and banana
Nut butter and brown sugar
Pear and ginger
In need of some comfort this winter?
Make yourself a bowl of porridge.