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Never looked so good: Apricot-Cinnamon Porridge with Peaches and Crème Fraîche

Apricot-Cinnamon Porridge

Before I head out to the farmer’s market, I wanted to share this quick breakfast with you. I made this the other day, when there was almost nothing in the house in the way of food. Seriously- it was one of those days when you wake up inexplicably starving, yet there’s nary an egg, piece of bread or cup of cereal to be found.

Scanning the counter in desperation, my eyes landed on a canister of rolled oats, leftover from my last bout of granola-making. Perfect! It’s getting cool enough to make porridge again, and I figured this hearty breakfast was just what we needed. Andrew looked slightly nonplussed at the idea of porridge, but it didn’t phase me; I knew I could do better than whatever he had in mind.

Grabbing a lonely peach from the fruit bowl, some dried apricots from my baking shelf and some cinnamon from the spice drawer, I got to work. Served with a dollop of crème fraîche, this elevates the humble breakfast porridge to new heights. In fact, when I put these bowls down in front of Andrew 15 minutes later, he responded with “What the hell is this!?” He meant it in the nicest possible way, I assure you.

Apricot-Cinnamon Porridge

  • Apricot-Cinnamon Porridge with Peaches and Crème Fraîche
  • serves 2
  • 1 cup rolled oats
    1 cup milk
    1/2 cup water
    1/4 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped
    1/4 tsp. cinnamon
    2 tsp. dark brown sugar
    1 tiny pinch sea salt
    sliced peaches, to serve
    crème fraîche, to serve
  • 1. Put the oats, milk and water in a small nonstick saucepan over very low heat. Stir in the apricots, cinnamon, sugar and salt and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the oats have softened and swelled. (You can put the lid on if you feel that the porridge is cooking too quickly or spluttering too violently.)

    2. Spoon into bowls and serve with sliced peaches, a dollop of crème fraîche and an extra sprinkling of brown sugar, if you like.


  1. Edd says:

    Now this looks like a good way to eat porridge, something I normally find a bit too bland and stodgy

  2. Ele says:

    Edd- I totally agree. I love porridge, but that only happened once I figured out that you can actually add stuff to make it taste good!

  3. Edd says:

    There’s a recipe in the new Marcus Wareing book for porridge with caramelised bananas which looks divine going to have to give it a go

  4. Love this idea. Sometimes the best meals come out of resourcefulness. Creme fraiche is one of those ingredients I never seem to have in the house and always wish I did.

  5. Ele says:

    Nicole- It is one of those ingredients, isn’t it? Luckily I can run out to the corner shop if I desperately need some. I have no idea what I’ll do if I ever move back to Canada- my Mum tells me it’s harder to find there.

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