Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Instant Fruit Oatmeal Porridge

When we were in Russia for our honeymoon aboard the transmongolian railway, we discovered small packets of instant, fruity porridge. Just add hot water from the samovar, and there's your breakfast. I'd never seen these before (not that I'd really looked), but we lived on them while we were on the train.

As we started preparing for Greenland, where we'd be camping, I realised I wanted to get something similar to take with us. But I couldn't find anything comparable in the UK, and a shopping trip to Russia was sadly out of budget.

Well, you all know I like a challenge...

I started with our everyday oatmeal porridge recipe, and converted everything to dried form: specifically, this meant figuring out how much milk powder was equivalent to the amount of milk I'd typically use, and buying some packets of freeze-dried fruit. I then milled down the oats in the food processor, so that they were fine enough to cook with just hot water, not requiring any additional cooking: this makes it perfect for camping as you can make it in a mug or bowl, and reduces the amount of washing up you have to do.

The final product tastes pretty similar to the Russian version.

Homemade instant oatmeal

Homemade Instant Fruit Porridge
Makes approx. 25 servings

6 cups porridge oats
1 cup + 2tbsp dried milk powder
¾ cup sugar
1½ cup freeze-dried fruit (e.g. raspberries or strawberries)

  1. Put the oats into a food processor, and whizz until they're finely ground.
  2. Crush the freeze-dried fruit into small pieces.
  3. Mix all ingredients together in a tub with an air-tight seal, or a large plastic food bag.
  4. Your instant porridge is now ready to travel!
  5. When you want to eat it, scoop ⅓ cup per person into a bowl or mug, and add ½ cup boiling water. Stir thoroughly and leave it a couple of minutes for the oats to absorb the water. If you prefer a softer texture, you can add a little more water at the end.


Writing Without Periods! said...

Sounds really good. What a nice memory of Russia. I've been there and I loved it. Missed the porridge thought.

Supermanslady said...

Although I don't care for porridge (I am odd about textures) that does sound lovely! :-)

Tabor said...

The thing with porridge is it can be very delish or very dull and pasty. I have to have lots of chopped nuts and fruit to make it palatable.

MJ said...

Amazing - hope you get back from Greenland before I leave, I want to see all the pictures!

M @ Betty Crapper said...

Perfect for backpacking. Super light weight and full of goodness. I would add chopped nuts to that and it would be perfect.

Expats Again said...

We have porridge every morning. (Good for the cholesterol) I never thought of taking it camping. Thanks for the idea & recipe!

Louiz said...

That sounds really nice, and not just for holidays!

ScoMan said...

My mum used to make a great fruit porridge on winter mornings. All my attempts have failed.

I think I'll try this one.

Bells said...

that's a damn clever innovation! Whizzing the oats would be a good way to ensure 'instant' cooking. Nice one.

Chef E said...

This makes me think of a poem I just read in one of my poetry chapbooks by Jessie Carty- her mother was reading Goldie Locks and The Three Bears, she kept interrupting asking mom what porridge was :)

Kel said...

Is this the same thing as instant oatmeal? My kids love that stuff, and your recipe sounds great.

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