Porridge with caramelized peach
Porridge was introduced to me in my childhood by Enid Blyton, who often referenced porridge in her stories. Porridge town was one that I particularly remember. Growing up with younger brothers who were highly appreciative of Enid Blyton series gave us plenty of conversations on the dinner table about the fairy tales, the goblins, and the pig with green spots. I for some reason always read the name of the author as Grid Blayton (typography wasn't my thing then!), and I cannot gather how many times we got the bookshop folks confused with it! I think it all lasted until Dad bought us Harry Potter and the rest followed up through our teenage years :)
Coming back to porridge, although back then porridge seemed like a posh English breakfast, little did I ever know that it comes down to some really humble ingredients and is one of those things, the taste of which totally relies on one's imagination. I think what makes each recipe special is the story behind it, and the stories one shares while having it. I for some reason felt wintery on the morning that we had this one, typical Dutch summers I would say :P Since it is the season of sweet fruits, and wild peaches are aplenty at the farmer's market, I put together this bowl of pure joy for our breakfast with some of the nicest wild peaches that I have ever had! I hope you enjoy the recipe, bon appetit!
Serves - 2
Time to prepare - 5 minutes
TIme to cook - 15 minutes
- 1 cup quick oats
- 2 cups milk
- 4-5 peaches, halved
- 4-5 tbsp cane sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp clove powder (optional)
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
- Drizzle's worth honey
- A handful of toasted and chopped almonds
- Add the oats, milk, and 2 tbsp of sugar into a saucepan and simmer until the oats are done. Be sure to stir occasionally to avoid any of the ingredients sticking to the bottom of the pan and burning. Set aside.
- Mix the remaining sugar and spices and sprinkle over the cut surface of the peaches.
- Heat the peach upside down on a heavy bottomed pan and let the sugar caramelize. This usually takes 3-4 minutes on high heat.
- Assemble a bowl with the oatmeal mix, caramelized peaches, almonds. Drizzle some honey on top and enjoy!