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.
- 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
- Dried blueberries or fruit of your choice (optional)
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.