Irish Porridge + Spiced Apple Stout Jam

Let me start by saying I am not a morning person. I normally don't start to feel anything that closely resembles human until around 11am after a cup of joe has kicked in. Unfortunately I also wake up not very hungry, but after coffee I'm not just "awake" I am buzzing and on an empty stomach sometimes a little shaky. Not a good way to be. So I thought, maybe I'm just not hungry in the morning because I am not in the habit of eating at that time. They say it takes something like a full month to break a habit, so each day since April began I've been making myself a decent breakfast and what would you know, I'm not crazy and shaky at 11am; in fact it's not taking as long for my mind to "wake up" after eating! Crazy, right? (Insert sarcastic smirk to myself)

So I ran across these oats a few weeks back and they were BOGO, plus they looked kind of cool. They are not just oats they are an International Exhibition! I thought I'd give them a whirl and I am so glad I did! Their texture is firm, hearty and almost crunchy. It really makes them a lot of fun to eat. On the box it gives you two different methods of preparing them and out of the two I prefer the porridge style. The first time I cooked them, however, I burned them because they take 30 minutes to simmer and I walked away to "do some work" while I waited; that turned into me pinning a bunch of new breakfast ideas and before I knew it I smelled something burning. So I'd say don't fall down any internet rabbit holes while making these your first time.

Instead of adding honey or sugar to the porridge I like to add a spoonful of jam. Many different flavors would highlight the nuttiness of the porridge, but so far my favorite has been our Spiced Apple + Stout Jam. It has house blended apple pie spices, vanilla and the Green House Double Stout beer from Green Bench Brewery cooked down in it with granny smith apples.


1. Bring 4 cups of water up to a rolling boil

2. Add 1 cup of McCann's Irish Oatmeal into the boiling water

3. Stir and keep it boiling until you see the oats start to soften, about 10 minutes or so, but depends on the temperature your stove top gets

4. After it's started to soften and thicken bring it down to a simmer and allow it to simmer for about 30 minutes *keep an eye on it

5. Serve hot with jam, honey, butter or as suggested on the tin with buttermilk which I will definitely try soon 

You can find the apple jam out at the farmer's markets with us and they are coming to our online store which will be launching soon. If you've had a chance to pick it up before we'd love to see how you're using it! Use hashtag #theurbancanningco and find us on Instagram @theurbancanningco. To see a list of our markets and events head over to our Markets + Events page! Cheers!