June 1, 2013 by Dewi
Warming and delicious. The perfect breakfast.
Porridge oats. Arguably the most modest, budget-friendly ingredient on the shelves today. You can pick up a kilogram bag of the stuff for well under a pound, and it’ll last you weeks. When cooked properly and served with great toppings, these humble oats are transformed into the most luxurious bowl of warming deliciousness imaginable.
Now there are endless debates to be had on measurements and liquid-to-porridge ratios, and the internet is full of them. You can sit around for hours on end reading them all, or you can save yourself the time and use this method. From my experience I’ve found that a ratio of 1:2:1 of oats:water:milk produces porridge with perfect texture; not too loose and certainly not in any way gluey. To paraphrase Goldielocks; this porridge isn’t ‘just right’, it’s perfect.
I use an american 1/2 cup to measure my oats, and keep it in the jar with the porridge. If you don’t think that life is too short to weigh out porridge oats every morning, a 1/2 cup of oats equates to about 45 grams. I use the same cup to measure out the liquid. A 1/2 cup of liquid is around 125ml.
- 1/2 cup (45g) porridge oats
- 1 cup (250ml) water
- 1/2 cup (125ml) milk (preferably whole milk, nothing less than semi-skimmed) plus an extra splash for the end
- Good pinch of salt
- Toppings such as jam, honey, chopped fruit, fresh berries, nuts etc. You can use whatever is in the cupboard!
- Put the oats, milk, water and salt into a saucepan and put it over a high heat.
- When the contents of the pan are nearing the boil, start stirring. If you have a porridge spirtle then great, if not, just use the handle of a wooden spoon. I once heard that you should always stir porridge in a clockwise direction and that stirring anti-clockwise risks the wrath of the devil. Make of that what you will… But these oats taste heavenly.
- The pan will be hot now and the porridge mixture should start bubbling away.
- Keep stirring until the porridge reaches the desired consistency. This should take around 3 minutes. It’s done when the spirtle/spoon leaves a light wake when dragged through the porridge. The kitchen will be smelling amazing about now.
- Pour the oats into a bowl and add the extra splash of really cold milk.
- Now throw on any toppings you fancy. Jam or honey (or in my opinion, both) are perfect to sweeten the porridge, and some chopped fruits and berries are great for some added freshness.
- Enjoy with coffee or orange juice for the perfect breakfast.