That’s nae how ye make porridge! - Thermomix Recipes from Steph

That’s nae how ye make porridge!

OK, if you are of Scottish descent, or a traditionalist porridge afficionado, you should probably stop reading now!

Although porridge is a great winter warmer, and healthy breakfast option, I have been reluctant to make it in the past because of the mess, fuss, and variable results.

Enter the Thermomix! Porridge is now dead simple and a hit every time. There’s a porridge recipe in the Everyday Cookbook, but here’s my variation. The secret is the control over temperature which the Thermomix provides.

Ingredients

  • Oats – plain old rolled oats will do just fine – much cheaper than fancy porridge mixes!
  • Milk / or water. I prefer to make mine with all milk, but you can use half milk, half water.
  • Butter (optional) – gives the porridge a silky texture and enhances flavour
  • Salt
  • Dried blueberries or fruit of your choice (optional)

Method

For 1 to 4 people.

Measure 40g of oats per person into the bowl. Fit the lid and select “Closed Lid” position.
Press the “Turbo” a few times to blitz the oats into a powder. The finer the powder, the smoother the porridge, but a little texture is good.
Add a pinch of salt per person. (The purists will not add salt until later in the process, as it is said to toughen the uncooked oats – but this isn’t a problem in the Thermomix!)
Reset the scales and add 180g of milk (or 90g milk, 90g water) per person.
Add a generous knob of butter (optional).
Add the dried fruit (optional) – I use a small handful of dried blueberries per serve. The fruit will soften during the cooking process.
Select 90 degrees .
Set the timer to 7 1/2 minutes (Increase cooking time by an extra 30 seconds per extra serve). Note – do not double cooking time . E.g. 4 serves = 9 minutes total!
Select Speed 1. Note the Everyday Cookbook suggests reverse speed, but I don’t see the point unless you have added soft fresh fruit for example.

While the porridge is cooking, you will have time to prepare the kids’ school lunches.

When cooked, transfer the porridge using the TM spatula immediately into serving bowls. You can add other condiments such as cold milk, honey, sugar now.

Tip: Immediately after serving, pour approx 500g of cold water into the TM bowl, and process 30 seconds on speed 5. This will make cleaning the bowl much easier later.

4 Comments »

  1. avatar significance Says:

    I’ve made porridge in my Thermomix a few times. My TM consultant strongly recommended against blitzing the oats first. I’ve tried it both ways. To my tastes, the results if you blitz the oats are horrid: glue rather than porridge. So I use whole oats and reverse speed 1.

    The results are very good, but not worth the extra cleaning and effort compared with simply microwaving quick oats and water in a bowl for 2 minutes, then stirring, which is my usual method. I eat porridge almost every morning, so the extra effort of cleaning the TM is significant.

  2. avatar Darryl Says:

    Sounds like maybe you blitzed the oats a little too much, or maybe overcooked them? Try just a few pulses, or reduce the cooking time a little. By all means leave the oats whole and cook on reverse – but I have found that kids prefer them smooth.

    If you follow the final tip, cleaning the bowl should be easy.

    Also, the “Quick Oats” seem to be around $4 for a 500g packet, whereas I buy ordinary rolled oats for $1.80 per kg – about a quarter of the price.

  3. avatar Brendan Says:

    I’m also mortified at the idea of blitzing the oats :)

    My TM recipe that I’ve tweaked and tuned over the years:

    60g rolled oats
    100g milk
    250g water
    Reverse speed 1, 90C, 15mins

    It makes a good sized bowl for one. Scale accordingly

    I’ve also started experimenting with whole oat groats which are lower GI and healthier. To do that, cook them in water @ 90C for about 20mins, then leave overnight, then follow the recipe above.

  4. avatar kay Says:

    Brendan, Do you leave the groats in water overnight? In the fridge?
    Thanks Kay

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