Winter warmer in January’s kitchen

Bramley apple overnight porridge

It’s cold in the garden, but lovely gardening weather as long as you can stay off the grass! We’ve been doing some tidying up in the veg plot and pruning the fruit bushes and trees this week and once your body acclimatises it’s lovely to be out in the fresh, crisp air!

Crucial then to have a good breakfast! Nothing’s better than porridge for lining the stomach and lasting through till lunchtime and I’m a great fan of soaking the oats overnight ready to finish off in the morning.

All sorts of flavours can be added and as I’m trying to use up some of our stored apples I wanted to make a batch of apple and cinnamon porridge to keep us going. You can double the ingredients and reheat in the microwave the next day.

 Bramley apple porridge

Serves 2, takes about 10 minutes plus overnight soaking

50g porridge oats (not the instant type though)

350-400ml milk

25g dried cranberries (or use raisins, sultanas etc)

½ teaspoon spice to suit – I used cinnamon but you could try ginger, nutmeg or mixed spice)

1 Bramley apple

Extras for your topping! Honey, maple syrup, yoghurt, more spices, cream!

  • Put the oats and dried fruit into a largish bowl and stir in 350ml of the milk. Cover and leave overnight.
  • Soak overnight -web
  • In the morning peel and grate the apple and stir through the mixture.
  • Grate apple - web
  • Pour into a pan and heat gently to a gentle simmer.
  • Cook for about 6 or 7 minutes stirring often.
  • Add more milk if you like a runnier porridge.
  • The apples should still have a bit of texture but the oats need to be good and soft.
  • Bramley apple porridge - web

Serve topped with whatever you fancy – I like maple syrup with this but Martin likes it just as it is!