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Now that autumn is hitting the Northern Hemisphere, I thought it would be a good time to share my recipe for warm spiced pear porridge.
It’s such a lovely breakfast when it’s cold outside (or inside!). The bowl warms your hands and the meal warms you from your tum.
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As with most recipes, you can substitute many of the ingredients listed for others that you may prefer. You can also multiply everything to serve as many people as you like (this recipe is for a single serving).
When it comes to liquids, you can use any type of milk (although I’ve only used dairy), and any mix of milk and water, so long as it adds up to the right amount of liquid in total.
You can use more or less pear as desired, and either mash or chop it as you see fit. I prefer it in small chunks.
This pear porridge recipe can also be made on the stove, but I find the microwave to be a lot faster. And it produces far fewer dishes to wash up!
Let me know how you go in the comments!
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 pear
- 1/8 tspn cinnamon
- 1/16 tspn cardamom
- A few drops vanilla essence
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 handful flaked almonds
- 2 tspns local honey
- Combine oats, cinnamon, cardamom, and vanilla in a bowl.
- Chop, grate, or mash the pear as desired, and add to the bowl.
- Top with the milk and water.
- Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir, then microwave in 20 second increments (stirring in between) until it reaches the consistency desired. I do 2 x 20 second increments for a total cooking time of 1 min 40 sec.
- Top with honey and almonds, or stir through. Enjoy!
I like my porridge fairly sweet, so feel free to reduce the amount of honey added. I recommend using local honey, as it helps to reduce seasonal allergies.
I also like a high pear to porridge ratio. If you want a little less, reduce the amount of pear to 1/4.
You can change the amount of milk and water, provided the total volume of liquid stays the same. Use more milk and less water for a creamier result.
More stirring and microwaving for longer will also make it creamier.