Festive Mince Pie Porridge (for Christmas)
By wlr's resident foodie Joanne Putney
Wow - this is the perfect porridge for Wintery mornings (or even Christmas day). It's bursting with fruity festive flavour and it smells so good, you can't wait to eat it... If you love mince pies, you really need to try this porridge!
Having had success with my Pumpkin Spice Porridge, I was looking for other seasonal ideas... With Christmas just over the horizon, I wanted something which really captured the flavours - think Christmas cake, mulled wine and ... you guessed it, my favourite - mince pies!
I couldn't be more pleased with the way this one turned out. Like all my other porridges, it's quick to make and uses just a few simple ingredients, take a look:
- Recipe makes: 1 serving
- Prep time:
- Cook time: 5 mins
- Calories: 380
- 30g porridge oats
- 180ml semi skimmed milk
- 5g butter
- 30g mixed dried fruit
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- A little orange zest
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 1 tsp honey
- Heat the butter in a small saucepan over a medium heat until melted. Add the dried fruit mix, juice and zest of half an orange, a pinch each of nutmeg and cinnamon and the honey. Don't worry, the mixture will look very liquid at the point. Give it a good stir, turn the heat up and bring to the boil. Then reduce the heat as low as it can go.
- Meanwhile, measure the porridge oats and milk into a saucepan. Bring to the boil (approx. 1 minute) stirring continuously. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
- Keep an eye on the fruit, tossing it regularly. The aim is to reduce the juice/honey to a syrup like consistency. If the syrup becomes too thick before your porridge is cooked, add a few drops of water; if it is too thin, turn the heat up.
- Once your porridge is thickened (almost) to your liking, pour it into a bowl, spoon over the sticky fruit and every last drop of that delicious, sweet syrup - ENJOY!
For the topping, I found this handy snack pack of raisins and berries in Tesco.
It's a delicious mix of cranberries, golden raisins, dried blueberries and strawberries - enough for 2 servings.
Want to make changes?
- Make your own fruit mix with dried fruits of your choice.
- Swap the milk for skimmed, oat milk, lactofree (or even Channel Island!)
- Fancy a bigger serving - try 40g oats with 240ml milk.
- Don't have honey on hand - try it with a teaspoon of brown sugar instead...
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