On mornings like these, cold cereal just doesn't cut it. Yes, the lure of body-and-soul-warming, bone-sticking food has begun. Who am I to fight it? Break out the porridge. Porridge. Isn't that a fantastic word? I didn't grow up referring to it as porridge, unless of course, I was reciting Peas Porridge Hot or Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Perhaps that's why it seems like a magical word to me; I associate it with the nursery rhymes and fables of my childhood.
I've gotten way off track. My goal was only to share this semi-swanky version of delicious, satisfying porridge. I used my favorite hot cereal, steel cut oats, which lend a chewiness to the porridge. It's also flecked with vanilla bean seeds and topped with tender apples that are glazed in honey. See? I told you it was swanky. And it warms up those cold mornings like a charm.
Vanilla Porridge w/ Honeyed Apples
Chewy, satisfying steel cut oats flecked with vanilla bean seeds and topped with tender honey-glazed apples.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
Keywords: simmer breakfast vegetarian soy-free nut-free apples oats
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup water
- big pinch kosher or sea salt
- 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
- 2 crisp red apples, sliced crosswise 1/4-inch thick
- 2 tablespoons honey
- brown sugar
- maple syrup
Place oats, milk, water, salt, and the vanilla bean seeds and pod in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer until tender and thick, stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes.
In the meantime, heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Cook the apple slices for 1 minute, flip and cook another minute. Add the honey and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until lightly golden.
Divide the porridge into serving bowls and top with extra milk, brown sugar, maple syrup and honeyed apples, as desired.
-adapted from Donna Hay
I'm trying to get back into the swing of things with IHCC, too. For the most part, I completely missed the six months they spent with Yotam Ottolenghi (ie..I only posted once). I even own two of his books and still couldn't get it together to participate. Oi. But I'm determined to spend more time with Donna Hay. This week's theme: Up & At 'Em.