An American pancake stack inspired Maple Bacon Blueberry Porridge. It may sound unusual, but it works. This recipe was created by Anna of Lunch Box London for the Rude Health London Porridge Championships.
250ml milk (keep adding more as you cook to reach desired consistency)
1 rasher of bacon
30 ml maple syrup
2 tsp cinnamon
1. Heat a frying pan, once very hot add your bacon and cook until crispy, remove from pan and dice your bacon until it resembles large crumbs. Return to pan for another 20 seconds to ensure it is completely crispy (this adds a nice crunch to your porridge!). Once you are happy with your bacon place on a piece of kitchen roll and leave to one side.
2. Make your blueberry compote, this can be made in advance and left in the fridge for a day or two, until you need it. To make the compote, simply place your blueberries in a pan with a tiny splash of water and simmer on a low heat until you reach a jam like consistency. This can be served either hot or cold on your porridge.
3. Place the oats in your pan along with the milk, simmer on a low heat, stirring continuously, add extra milk until you reach your desired consistency. Once you are happy with the consistency of your porridge it is time to add the egg. Break this straight into your porridge pan and mix in over a low heat, the addition of the egg gives a real creamy custard like effect to the dish, and adds a little richness! Then add your seasoning, your cinnamon and maple syrup, add a little more of either if you fancy it a little sweeter.
4. To plate this dish, simply pour your porridge into a bowl, top with your blueberry compote and scatter your extra crispy bacon on top, drizzle a tiny bit of maple syrup and a light dusting of cinnamon and you are good to go!