Pear and Cinnamon Porridge
By wlr's resident foodie Joanne Putney
This recipe used tinned pears (for ease)... I could have used fresh pears, but was feeling a little lazy, plus they're so tricky to get just ripe... Cooked with a dash of cinnamon in their own juice, they come out caramelised, silky and luxurious. Serve them over porridge with a little brown sugar for crunch - Yum!
I've previously made an apple and cinnamon porridge, which involves grating the apple into the oats, but I've never been 100% sure I liked the texture. I thought maybe the canned fruit could work better and soften into an apple sauce-like consistency, for a smoother porridge finish.
I considered slicing them on top with a pinch of cinnamon - but was craving something warm and satisfying and worried they might cool the porridge too much...
In the end, I chopped them and cooked them with a dash of cinnamon in their own juice - which made them almost caramelised. I saved half the topping for my porridge the next day and served it cold, straight from the fridge - that works well too. Here's the recipe:
- Recipe makes: 2 servings
- Prep time:
- Cook time: 5 mins
- Calories: 342
- 1 x 410g can pears in juice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 80g porridge oats
- 400ml semi skimmed milk
- 1 tsp demerara sugar
- Drain the pears, setting aside the juice. Chop them into bitesize pieces the pop into a small saucepan with the cinnamon and approx. 4 tbsp of reserved juice. Place over a medium heat and bring to the boil, then reduce to lowest setting.
- Meanwhile, measure the porridge oats, milk and remaining juice from pears 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 pears, tossing them regularly to coat evenly with cinnamon and avoid sticking.
- Once your porridge is thickened (almost) to your liking, pour it into a bowl, top with the cinnamon pears and sprinkle with a little demerara sugar (for crunch) - ENJOY!
Want to make changes?
- Swap the cinnamon for nutmeg or mixed spice.
- Ditch the sugar and sweeten with honey - or add a little crunch with some chopped pecans.
- Fancy a smaller serving - try 30g oats with 150ml milk.
- Try it with fresh pears cooked in apple juice (or red wine!)
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