Last Updated on May 5, 2022 by Ellen Christian
You will love this British Porridge Recipe for Working Class Porridge! I’ve always been a huge fan of Downton Abbey, and this is one of their recipes.
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British Porridge Recipe
I found this breakfast recipe for working-class English porridge in The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook, which showcases recipes used in the British television series Downton Abbey.
This porridge recipe comes from the Sustenance for the Staff section that features recipes from the staff at Downton Abbey (reprinted with permission). I thought this was fascinating to look through.
But, I’ll admit that I was drawn more to the traditional staff food than the food enjoyed by the Crawley family that owned the castle.
I recommend you get a copy of the cookbook to experience real British or English recipes.
What is English porridge made of?
Porridge is a staple food for many people around the world. The UK, Ireland, and Australia all have versions of this breakfast treat made from rolled oats or ground oatmeal which they call porridge (a common misconception is that it’s only eaten by Brits).
In North America, we can find ourselves with two different options: one dish called “oatmeal” instead of its original name–‘porridge’.
How do the British eat porridge?
Traditionally, it is eaten with salt. At times, they add dried fruits and brown sugar.
I like changing up the fruit I have when we eat this. You can toss in fresh berries, chunks of apple, other dried fruits, mango, fresh coconut, and a variety of chopped nuts.
This traditional recipe calls for sugar, but you can certainly use maple syrup or honey if you’d rather.
Being from Vermont, we always use syrup from our maple trees. Our neighbor sugars them for us and sends over syrup to thank us.
So, if you want an oatmeal recipe that’s ready faster than this one, you should try my Overnight Oats recipe. You prepare it the day before and put it in the refrigerator.
What do the English eat for breakfast?
Finally, if you’re wondering about an English Breakfast Menu for the rest of the family, they might be enjoying smoked haddock, coddled eggs, toast, fried tomatoes, and creamed spinach.
I’ll make this British porridge recipe!
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 2 bananas, sliced
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp packed light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 2 tsp honey
- 1/2 cup cold milk
- In a saucepan, combine the rolled oats, water, salt, raisins, bananas, cinnamon, and vanilla.
- Bring to a brief boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the liquid has been absorbed, stirring frequently.
- Add both sugars. Pour into bowls, then top each with milk and honey.
Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 826Total Fat: 26gCarbohydrates: 127gProtein: 25g
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