How to make Perfect Scottish Porridge (Oatmeal)

How to make Perfect 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.

Hamlyns of Scotland Perfect Scottish Porridge

 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.

  Hamlyns Perfect Scottish Porridge

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. 

 How to make Perfect Porridge, a healthful breakfast that's low in fat and high in fibre #porridge #oatmeal #Scottish #recipe

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.

My Perfect Scottish Porridge
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
7 mins
 

A  quick and simple recipe for Scottish Porridge Oats, that's creamy and makes the perfect base for you to make it your own. 

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Scottish
Servings: 2
Author: Farmersgirl Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 100 g Scottish Porridge Oats
  • 500 ml milk
Instructions
  1. Put the Scottish Porridge Oats and milk into  a large non-metallic  bowl or jug

  2. Cook in the microwave at 900 wats for  2 minutes, then stir.

  3. Put back into the microwave and cook for another 1  minute, then stop and stir again. 

  4. Put the porridge back into the microwave and cook for another 2 minutes.

  5. Stir and serve with the toppings of your choice. 

Recipe Notes

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 Hamlyns Perfect Porridge Hamper from Farmersgirl Kitchen

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)

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Victoria Prince
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Victoria Prince

Ooh this is right up my street! I absolutely adore my porridge, I have a bowl every day for breakfast – and sometimes two because I’ll have another one for tea too…I suppose there are worse vices?! I almost always make it with water and my favourite and most common addition is mixed seeds. At the moment I’m using sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, brown linseed and golden linseed. I am, however, massively experimental and have yet to find something that DOESN’T work! Some of my experiments include beating an egg and mixing in (this makes a lovely creamy porridge), grated… Read more »

Nicki
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Nicki

I adore banana,cinnamon,strawberries and chia seeds in my porridge

sam macaree
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sam macaree

i love it with nutella 😀

Jane
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Jane

Traditional – oatmeal and chunky porridge oats soaked overnight with a pinch of salt. Cooks in 5 minutes in the morning. Add some chopped nuts plus lots of non-homogenized whole milk – delicious.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Yum – I love porridge! My favourite has to be apple and cinnamon, perfect in the colder months! Now its getting warmer I love overnight oats, my favourite combo is banana and peanut butter.

Heather Haigh
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Heather Haigh

I like mine made with coconut milk, sweetened with maple syrup and topped with fresh fruit.

louise lumsden
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louise lumsden

I make mine on the stove with water on a medium heat stirring gently the way my grannie did, when it starts to huff and puff it’s ready to serve. I top with golden syrup, sultanas and a bit of milk all around the edge then sprinkle with cinnamon

Jacqueline Meldrum
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We got a microwave so the wee boy could make his own porridge if he is up before us. Other than that we usually make it on the hob in a pot. I add cinnamon, flax seeds, raisins and then a mashed banana is mixed in when it is ready for sweetness.

Jemma
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Porridge is a firm staple in our house, we love it! It’s so versatile and can be made in so many different ways.

Kavita Favelle
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I love porridge, especially with honey and sliced fresh bananas! And it keeps me going for longer than many other breakfast choices. Not tried Hamlyns’ products before so am entering the giveaway!

irene gilmour
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irene gilmour

i put a a spoon full of jam in at weekend as a treat yum

Janine Phillips
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Janine Phillips

I love mine with chopped dates or plain with maple syrup

melanie stirling
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melanie stirling

i have a bowl of hot steaming porridge every morning but I just have it plain.I occasionally have a chopped banana on top.

Dannii
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Dannii

Thanks for the tips. I love porridge, but there is always something not quite right when I make it.

Margaret Gallagher
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Margaret Gallagher

Love porridge made with milk – sometimes i add banana and raisons

Solange
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Solange

I love it with banana, berries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and cacao nibs.

Grainne
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Grainne

I love mine made with skimmed milk and a wee dash of sweet cinnamon.

Lyn Mackay
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Lyn Mackay

I like mine with some blueberries or a little maple syrup

Elaine Skye Clark
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Elaine Skye Clark

We have porridge everyday. I usually serve it with blueberries and a drizzle of honey.

Karen Barrett
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Karen Barrett

I use raw milk plus a little sprinkle of sugar

Sheila Reeves @cakereev
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Sheila Reeves @cakereev

I have porridge every work day – normally serve it with banana, blueberries – or marmalade!

Beverley Marsh
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Beverley Marsh

I love creamy porridge with maple syrup or a light sprinkling of sugar. A great start to the day.

Laura M
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Laura M

I like it with blueberries, bananas and honey.

Veronica
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Veronica

I like a little bit of honey or a little bit of maple syrup to sweeten it

AnneTomma Thompson
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AnneTomma Thompson

Fresh fruit, raspberries, blueberries, depending on time of year, or in winter with dried fruits, and a drizzle of honey

Katherine Lawson
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Katherine Lawson

I’m a big fan of peanut butter and banana overnight oats!

Choclette
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How I’d like to serve it and how I actually do are two different things. In an ideal world I’d serve with a large spoonful of Cornish clotted cream. But I try to be good (most of the time) and make it with half water & half milk with a few chopped up prunes for sweetness.

Cassandra D
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Cassandra D

With brown sugar,cranberries and walnuts.

Nayna Kanabar
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My family love porridge and enjoy it topped with fruits and honey. My personal favorite is a pinch of cinnamon and banana .However is a trick too get it the right consistency so this post is very helpful.

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