Our foolproof porridge recipe and tasty combinations you need to try now
Porridge is a great start to the day and is perfect to feed a grumbling stomach on those hectic weekday mornings. Making this classic and unassuming breakfast option is truly very simple and very quick to make. Follow a few essential rules and you will succeed in making delicious porridge every time.
1. For a single serving, combine 40g of oats and 275ml of water in a small non-stick pan over medium heat. Add a pinch of salt – this will really bring out the flavour of the oats.
Depending on your choice of oats, you can achieve varied textures. If you prefer your porridge to have a chunky texture, jumbo or rolled oats will work best, and will also tend to cook more quickly.
For a more creamy-textured porridge, we recommend you choose Porridge Oast or steel cut oats.
If you’re short on time on mornings, a nice tip is to soak your oats before you cook them. This process breaks down the starches which reduce the cooking time and also makes them easier to digest.
2. Bring to a steady simmer, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon or spurtle for 5-6 minutes until nice and smooth. Stirring your porridge is key to breaking down your oats and will ensure a creamy and lump-free texture. If you like your porridge to be runnier, add a splash of water (or your choice of milk) until you’ve reached your desired consistency.
3. Leave to stand for 1 minute before pouring into a bowl...
4. Spoon or squeeze on a warming swirl of Lyle's Golden Syrup to serve up the perfect and ridiculously simple porridge.
Now that you’ve mastered the basics, you can take your porridge to the next level. Far for being bland, the beauty of this classic breakfast is that the options are truly endless.
Experimenting with different types of milk, such as full-fat milk, almond, hazelnut or coconut milk, can add an extra level of creaminess and taste, whilst yoghurt, pureed banana or chia seeds are healthy ways to thicken the consistency of your porridge.
Adding a little spice like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg or even cocoa powder and ground coffee can bring new depth to you hearty bowl.
With so many options, seasonal fruits can also ensure you never get bored and offer wonderful health benefits. In winter, opt for grated apples or berry compote, plums or stewed rhubarb in autumn, and strawberries, raspberries, peaches during summer’s bounty. Tropical options such as mango, banana, pineapple and coconut flakes bring sunshine all year round when mornings look a little grey.
Now to top it all off, you can add a touch of nuttiness with some chopped nuts, flaked almonds, seeds, or a dollop of your favourite nut butter, all topped with a little Lyle's Golden Syrup for that delicious golden caramel sweetness.
With all of these options at hand, and a brilliant base recipe your mornings can be fueled with wonderfully tasty porridge.