Apple Tart-Porridge

Okay it is only Monday and we have seriously 5 days more to go until weekend. The previous 7 days passed by slowly and steadily. One could argue that it has something to do with the soppy weather, the monotonous job, the lingering clock or be it anything else that can be blamed. But indeed the days were tardy. On top of that this particular time tends to make us adjustable human beings extremely sleepy and lazy.

So in order to survive this week way more motivation is definitely required. Until I had find out this very early morning what my survival package for this week could possibly be, I had been passing my time browsing through various websites as a music spotter. I got truly carried away by the oh so beautiful songs I found and was proud to have achieved at least something successful by the end of the early morning (knowing how unproductive my previous week had been).  All this was happening in the train on my way back to Frankfurt city. Once again I had spent my weekend at home with my family and was convinced by dear “momma bear” not to leave on Sunday late eve but to take the public transport very early on Monday. This has been the second time now that I took the train on a Monday at 6am and I am seriously considering this to be my last time. In the future I certainly believe that leaving on a Sunday evening is way more comfortable and will leave me fresh during work on Mondays.

Seeing the rain outside my office window and feeling those puddles right through my shoes I was longing for some real pleasurable comfort food. Neither was I in the mood to go grocery shopping nor in troublesome preparation of a sweet delight. I had to come up with something easy, toothsome and up to my expectation of fulfilling my sweet craving. I had found a recipe in an old book and after quite a few alterations I managed to prepare something truly delightful. I must say that I do feel a little proud, as usually Sofia is the cooker/baker and today I managed to take matters into my own hands, which does happen rare. Cheers!

Nicely cooked porridge is a real delight. It warms during cold days and acts very well as a soulsoother, almost as good as chocolate. This is not just ordinary porridge, because when spices, pieces of apple and cream meet, a sweet memory of apple tart is awakened. Hence I present the Apple Tart-Porridge.

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Quantity: 4 small or 2 big portions

Preparation time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients:
1 red Apple
1 Tbsp. Butter
2 Tbsp. dark brown cane sugar
1/2 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/8 Tsp. freshly ground Nutmeg
100g Porridge Oats
400ml Milk
1 Pinch of Salt
In addition: Cream, Maple Syrup, Sugar, Cinnamon

Procedure:
1. Wash the apple and cut it in small cubes.
2. Melt the butter in a small pot, add the apple cubes, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat.
3. Add the porridge oats as well as half of the milk (200ml) to the pot and stir steadily.
4. Keep cooking this mixture on medium heat and make sure it does not stick to the bottom of the pot. While stirring add the rest of the milk, cook for another 5 minutes and remove the pot from the stove.
5. Now the porridge should have a rather liquid consistency and will need to rest for about 5 minutes to acquire the right texture.
6. Stir the porridge for a last time and distribute in small bowls.
7. Top up the porridge with a shot of cold cream, maple syrup and some cinnamon-sugar.

Tip: Even though porridge is a typical breakfast dish and meant to be eaten during autumn or winter season, it is possible to adapt it to summers.
For instance, the apples can be replaced by dark plums or a peeled peach. YUM!

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