Monday, 20 October 2014

Recipe // Apple Strudel Porridge

Hi loves!

You are in for a treat today - this recipe tastes every bit as good as it sounds. When I made it for the first time, Hannes followed his nose to the kitchen and said, "What's going on in here?...It smells like Christmas!" 

That is exactly what it tastes like: Christmas, autumn, strudel, mulled cider, all in a bowl of porridge! Breakfast just got even better.

As always, my recipe is super simple and easy to make. No faffing, no obscure ingredients, just quick, fuss-free grub. Because that makes life so much easier, right?! This isn't the healthiest porridge in the world, but hey - we all need a little treat sometimes. 

This makes one portion, so just double everything up to make enough for two, and so on. My recipe is vegan, but just use regular butter and milk, if that's your thang.

Apple Strudel Porridge

1 apple, chopped into small pieces. No need to peel (I used a gala apple)
1 tablespoon butter/vegan marg. (I use Vitalite)
2 tablespoons light, soft brown sugar
Cinnamon, to taste (I used about a teaspoon I think)
Porridge oats
Milk or water (whichever you prefer. I used my regular Koko milk)

Gently heat the butter in a small, non-stick saucepan until melted. Add the soft brown sugar and mix in for about thirty seconds, until dissolved.

Add the apple to the pan and stir until everything is coated in the butter-sugar sauce. Sprinkle in the cinnamon and stir again. 

Keep it all bubbling on a low heat, stirring frequently, until the apple has softened and it all looks caramelised and delicious - about five to ten minutes. Have a little taste (don't burn your tongue - it will be hotter than the sun!) and add more cinnamon if required.

If the apple is looking dry at any point, or you don't have much of a sauce, add a tad more butter. When the apple is almost ready, make up your porridge according to the packet instructions. 

When the porridge is done, pour into a bowl and top with the apple mixture. You should hopefully have enough sweet, buttery sauce to stir in, too. 

Eat. Enjoy. Revel in the sheer deliciousness of warm, spiced, strudel-y goodness.

If you're in any doubt as to how yummy this is, after trying it Hannes said "I'm going to be requesting this for breakfast a lot from now on. Like, every day." I've made it three times in a week since then, so there you go!

I really hope you enjoy it, do let me know if you try it, in the comments!


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