How to make Perfect Scottish Porridge (Oatmeal)
Porridge (Oatmeal) is the ultimate healthful breakfast and Scotland is the home of porridge so, along with Hamlyn’s of Scotland, I’m going to show you how to make the Perfect Scottish Porridge and you also have the chance to WIN a hamper of oaty goodies from Hamlyns.
Hamlyns of Scotland is part of a family food business which started milling oats in 1888, so they know a thing or two about oats. Their traditional range of Scottish Porridge Oats and Scottish Oatmeal is produced from premium Scottish oats, grown and milled in Scotland – 100% Scottish from seed to mill to the finished product.
Porridge Oats have been grown and eaten in Scotland, since medieval times and is still a very popular breakfast. Although eating porridge didn’t ever go away, it’s now more popular than it has been for many years. I really think porridge has come back fighting and flexing it’s not inconsiderable muscles!
Oats can benefit your health in lots of ways, they are 100 percent wholegrain, high in energy and low in fat. An average bowl of porridge made with water is only 171 calories. Oats also release their energy slowly as they have a high content of complex carbohydrates and soluble fibre, this means you will stay fuller for longer.
My Perfect Scottish Porridge
As a child, I really didn’t like porridge, it was always made with water and salt and served in a pool of milk. There was no option to add sugar or fruit or seeds or nuts, so I rejected porridge until just a few years ago. Now I am a total porridge convert, my favourite sweetener is maple syrup and I love to add different seasonal fruits including dried fruits like prunes and dried apricots.
Your Perfect Scottish Porridge
Given that I’m a relatively recent convert to porridge, I’m not going to dictate how you should make and eat your porridge, instead, I am going to do is introduce you the different kinds of oats you can use to make your Perfect Scottish Porridge and offer up the recipe I use for my porridge.
Hamlyns Scottish Porridge Oats: Nearly everyone is aware of porridge oats, they are rolled oats for making porridge, they are quick and easy only 3 or 4 minutes on the hob or in the microwave and you have a delicious, creamy filling porridge.
Hamlyns Scottish Oatmeal: Made with premium Scottish oats, which are stoneground, using traditional milling stones, milled to a medium grade, which makes a superb smooth porridge which can be made in a pot or in the microwave.
Hamlyns Scottish Porridge Oats and Bran: This Scottish Porridge Oats variety contains 10% wheatbran. The wheatbran gives the porridge a distinctive taste and helps to further aid digestion. Scottish Porridge Oats & Bran can be used in any recipe which includes porridge oats but is particularly good for biscuits, flapjacks and fruit crumbles.
Hamlyns Scottish Pinhead Oatmeal: The most traditional oatmeal. It’s made from the whole grain, with just the outer husk removed, before the inner groat is cut into three pieces . Pinhead (also known as ”steel cut’ oatmeal makes a substantial, nutty porridge. There’s no need to soak the oatmeal overnight, but it’s best cooked in a saucepan and takes around 25 minutes to cook, longer to cook than porridge oats or stoneground oatmeal.
A quick and simple recipe for Scottish Porridge Oats, that's creamy and makes the perfect base for you to make it your own.
- 100 g Scottish Porridge Oats
- 500 ml milk
Put the Scottish Porridge Oats and milk into a large non-metallic bowl or jug
Cook in the microwave at 900 wats for 2 minutes, then stir.
Put back into the microwave and cook for another 1 minute, then stop and stir again.
Put the porridge back into the microwave and cook for another 2 minutes.
Stir and serve with the toppings of your choice.
Cooking times will vary according to the wattage of your microwave.
You can also cook the porridge in a saucepan on the hob, stirring as the porridge cooks.
WIN a Hamlyn’s Breakfast Hamper
Enter this PRIZE DRAW to win a Hamlyn’s Breakfast Hamper containing everything you need to make Perfect Porridge:
2 x Hamlyns Porridge Bowls (designed by Gillian Kyle)
2 x Hamlyns Mugs (designed by Gillian Kyle)
1 x Hamlyns Tea Towel (designed by Gillian Kyle)
1 x Hamlyns April (designed by Gillian Kyle)
1 x 1 kg Hamlyns Scottish Oatmeal
1 x 1 kg Hamlyns Scottish Porridge Oats
1 x 1 kg Hamlyns Scottish Porridge Oats & Bran
1 x 500 g Hamlyns Pinhead Oatmeal
Hamlyns Porridge spurtle (for stirring your porridge as it cooks)
Hamlyns Tote bag
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