And we’re off!

Posted by Julie on January 31, 2008 under Food | Be the First to Comment

Been meaning to start a place just to jot down random thoughts, etc. What better day than a birthday – and the big 3-0 at that!

Note to self – the kitchen timer works a lot better when you actually press start. The porridge is now slightly understirred, but will suffice.

I discovered porridge last week and have fallen in love. Not oatmeal, with it’s mushy rolled oats and sticky, clumpy skin, but real irish porridge with steel cut oats, simmered on the stove for a half hour. It comes out with the most interesting chewy texture – almost more like a thick couscous than oatmeal. Add some butter and real maple syrup – mmmm.

I also tried it in the crockpot overnight, but it got too swollen and mushy. The stove keeps the texture much better, and it reheats well in the microwave for a few days.

I had a little porridge left over from last week but wanted to start a new batch, so I decided to use the leftovers in bread. I was amazed how hard it was to find a recipe – all the “oatmeal breads” used uncooked rolled oats. The few recipes I found using leftover oatmeal were the kneading kind, and I wanted bread machine. So I took our favorite rice bread recipe, from “The Bread Machine Cookbook II” and substitued the cooked porridge for the rice.

The loaf turned out nicely, though a little lopsided – well mixed (we’ve been having problems ever since the bread machine was overzealous in it’s kneading and plummeted off the counter,) firm yet not too dense, with a nice chewy, nutty flavor. Toasts well and would probably make a good ham sandwich. I might try putting in some dark honey next time instead of the sugar, just to sweeten it up a touch and offset the nuttiness. A little cinnamon mixed in as well would probably make a nice breakfast bread.

And for a nice googleable recipe title:

Leftover Oatmeal / Leftover Porridge Bread Machine Recipe (makes “large” 1 1/2 lb loaf)

leftover oatmeal or porridge – 1 cup
water – 1 cup
butter – 1 1/3 Tbls
salt – 1/2 tsp
sugar – 1/2 tsp (or try honey instead)
bread flour – 3 cups
yeast – 2 1/2 tsp
cinnamon – optional, to taste

Use your bread machine’s recommended ingredient order, and use the wheat bread setting if you have one. Let me know your variations and how it comes out!