Perfect Porridge, tip#3 and a recipe for Apple Day

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Continuing my series of ‘Perfect Porrdge’ tips, this third tip is all about how to make lovely Porridge without milk….

Porridge Tip #3 – Use fruit juices

I don’t often use milk to make Porridge and I never add it when cooking oatmeal Porridge. However I have to admit that only using water to cook oats gets a bit boring. People often assume you can only make Porridge with milk and it’s a question I’m often asked by people allergic to it; “What can I use in place of milk”? My answer – Fruit juices and at this time of year it has to be apple juice!

One of my favourite summer Porridge ingredients this year has been James White apple juices. I like to use these juices as they are ‘single variety’ allowing me to focus on one apple flavour and pair it with other seasonal ingredients. I’ve found the Russet juice to be my favourite.

Summer of apple juices

Summer of apple juices

As this weekend sees annual ‘Apple Day’ (http://www.england-in-particular.info/cg/appleday/index.html) festivities all around the country it’s the perfect time to try apple juice Porridge.

Simple Apple Juice recipe

Serves 2

Total preparation & cooking time 10 mins

Ingredients;

  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 2 cups of apple juice, I like to use Russet juice but any apple juice from your local orchard will taste lovely
  • 2 cups of water
  • Fruit to garnish.

Method

  1. Place the oats in a saucepan
  2. Add apple juice and soak for 5 mins
  3. Add the water and stir thoroughly
  4. Bring the oats to the boil then reduce the heat immediately to a simmer.
  5. Continue to cook the oats, stirring constantly, until a thick Porridge consistency is achieved.
  6. Spoon the oats into a bowl and garnish with slices of seasonal fruit or berries.

Enjoy your apple Porridge and enjoy Apple Day!


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