4 November 2011

Cold Porridge ~ Yum! (Seriously)

I've mentioned leftover cold porridge before and now I'm going to again because it is so inspiring!

I say “cold porridge” and, indeed, I mean it but it is easier to make these recipes if you warm the porridge just a little make it workable.

Porridge Hotcakes

These are lovely for breakfast with honey or maple syrup.

 100g cooked porridge
1 tbsp plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
a little milk

~   Mix together the (slightly warmed) porridge, flour, baking powder and salt.
~   Stir in enough milk to make a soft dropping consistency.
~   Shallow fry spoonfuls of this batter in a little hot oil (or leftover bacon fat) turning once, till both sides are crisp and golden.
~   Serve with butter and honey or maple syrup.


Porridge Chocolate Chip Brownies

600g cold porridge
3 tbsp cocoa powder
(actually I used chilli flavoured hot chocolate powder and it worked great)
1 tsp instant coffee granules – crushed
225g light brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g dark chocolate coarsely chopped
140 g plain flour
 
~   Preheat oven to 325ºF/160ºC/Gas 3.
~   Butter an ovenproof dish – I used one of those obloganal Pyrex dishes that are about 9” x 6”.
Mix together the (slightly warmed) porridge, the cocoa, coffee and sugar. 
~   Whisk together the eggs and the vanilla extract and then whisk into the porridge mixture.
~   Fold in the flour and chocolate chips.
~   Bake till set but still fudgy in the middle – about 30 minutes.

Eat warm (or cold) with clotted cream.

Porridge & Dried Cherry Muffins – makes 12

120g flour
180g soft light brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
120ml vegetable oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g cold porridge
a handful of dried cherries

~   Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC/Gas 4.
~   Grease or line a 12 hole muffin pan.
~   Mix together the dry ingredients except the cherries.
~   In a separate bowl mix together wet ingredients, including the porridge.
~   Add wet to dry ingredients and stir in just enough to moisten the dry ingredients.
~   Fold in the cherries.
~   Divide between the muffin (I can’t decide what to call them – sections/holes/ dips/hollows) things and bake for about 20 minutes till risen, golden and springy.

Also see here for a lovely recipe for Honey Oatmeal Scones.





I have so many ideas for leftovers of all sorts that I wrote The Leftovers Handbook which has ideas for over 450 possible scraps and remains. 

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2 comments:

Le Coin de Mel said...

I was intrigued by the title of your post - I can't stand cold porridge! Your Hotcakes sound delicious actually. I'll give them a go with GF flour!

Charlotte Oates said...

I love the idea of those hotcakes, do you think they would work as well with overnight oats, I tend to make them more than porridge?