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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Porridge: Three Ways

porridge-toppings

I've always loved porridge for breakfast, especially in winter. There's little more satisfying on a cold winters morning than holding a warm bowl of it, watching the frost glisten on the grass as the sun comes up.

With it set to get icy cold this week here in the UK, it will most definitely be my breakfast of choice, but if I'm being honest, it's my breakfast of choice all year round. I can happily eat mine plain, made with only milk (which some people think is a little odd), but I love to play with toppings too. These are my three very favourite toppings for porridge, I have tried many things over the years but these three are winners for me -with some honourable mentions at the end.

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porridge-toppings

Nutella

This needs little explaining as to why it's my favourite. I'm sure my love for the hazelnut spread has been well documented here and everywhere else in my life. I add one generously heaped teaspoon (sometimes two) into the middle of a hot bowl of porridge and let it get warm before swirling it around just a little. If you've never tried this I urge you to give it a go -it's life changing stuff!

porridge-toppings
porridge-toppings

Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Apples

For this, I use what ever apples I have in the fridge -usually Granny Smith, and cut one (per person) into small chunks, the size is really up to you. Add them to a small pan, with two tables spoons of water, a teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of soft brown sugar. Let them cook away for a few minutes on a medium heat so the sugar doesn't burn. When the apples have softened and the water and sugar have made a sticky sauce coating all the apple chunks, it's ready. Add this too your porridge and if you want extra sweetness you could add a little honey or maple syrup too.

porridge-toppings
porridge-toppings

Pecans & Maple Syrup

Pecans are my favourite nuts, and pecans and maple syrup is an outstanding combination. You can toast your pecans if you'd prefer, but I just like to add a small handful to my bowl and then drizzle over some maple syrup. Fun fact: this topping, combined with the previous one is Paul's absolute favourite. 

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Some other favourite toppings now that are also just as tasty. Raspberries, when they're fresh and in season the juicy little berries are perfect with porridge (and also Nutella). Peaches, grilled with a little brown sugar are a lovely addition, they go nice and soft and the sugar hardens slightly as it cools. Chocolate chips are always a favourite of course, as is jam -home made is even better. Bring on the cold mornings!

How do you like your porridge? I'd love some ideas for new toppings to try :) 
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4 comments

  1. Yummm! These all sound amazing. I love porridge as well. I've actually been trying overnight oats which are super delish but not very warming in this weather! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. I've been meaning to try them for a while now but never get around to it. Would love to now how yours turn out? I think it's something I'd enjoy as we get into the warmer weather. xx

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  2. Oo great flavours, I would have never thought to try the bottom two! You make my two minute microwave porridge seem very disappointing haha. I might have to try these at a weekend when I have more time in the morning.

    Love the photos :)

    Ami x

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    1. Thanks Ami, you should definitely give them a go. They are such a lovely weekend breakfast -I'd love to know what you think if out try them out :) xx

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