Teff flour porridge with stewed apples

I love bowl food – oh yeah, what a news, I wrote a cookbook about bowls – and to be honest I eat almost everything in bowls just because I like the fact the food stays warm for a longer time. And yes, pizza doesn’t fit in a bowl, so that’s one of the main reasons not to eat it. Sorry.

Anyway, serve me anything soft and in a bowl, preferably with a spoon, and I’ll eat it. I pinned this recipe from Renee’s blog as soon as it was published, but, as I always do, I waited months before trying it. I finally decided to make it as a complement to some stewed apples. Both the preparations are so easy and it’s such a good bowl for these still cold winter mornings. I’m surely going to try a savory version of this porridge since I still have some teff flour in my pantry.

Have you ever tried teff flour porridge? Both the technique and the liquid/flour ratio is the same of polenta: 1 part of teff flour for 4 parts of liquid. In this case, I used water and milk but feel free to use 1 + 1/3 cup of milk instead.


I used only 1/3 the portion of apples and I reserved the leftover in the fridge. They’re amazing as topping for a yogurt (I just found my favorite vegan one, yay) or a simple oatmeal.
Inspired by Will Frolic For Food.

[ for 1 + apples leftover ]

for the stewed apples
a few dying apples – peeled and quartered (360 g)
2 handfuls golden raisins (55 g)
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
a few strands of saffron
1 little meyer lemon

Chop the apples and put them in a pan*. Add raisins and spices, squeeze the lemon and switch on the flame on low. Cover with a lid and cook until apples are tender but not mushy.

for the porridge
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 + 1/3 cup water
1/3 cup teff flour (58 g)
2 tsp coconut sugar
1 pinch himalayan salt
1/4 tsp black sesame seeds
1/4 tsp chia seeds
1/4 tsp hemp seeds

Mix milk and water in a saucepan, teff flour with coconut sugar and salt in a little bowl.

Bring to boil the mixture milk-water, lower the flame and slowly add teff flour (in Italian we say “a pioggia“, meaning like rain) quickly whisking to prevent lumps. Simmer for a couple of minutes until it thickens.

Serve in a bowl, top with some stewed apples and sesame, chia, and hemp seeds. Enjoy!

* I used a cast-iron pan. Do you know that cooking with a cast iron, especially if it’s acid food as here, is like taking an iron supplement? As a matter of fact, the acidity of the apples and the lemon juice pulls out the iron from the pan going into the food you’re going to eat. Don’t worry, it doesn’t affect the taste!

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  • ma che bellinaaaa.. anche io ho sempre delle mele un sfatte che immancabilmente cuocio per mia mamma che ha difficoltà a masticare.. quindi tu per la tua colazione diciamo hai adoperato 120 grammi giusto? di mele intendo… non ho mai provato a fare questa roba fighissima di polenta non polenta… ahahaa.. me tocca falla.. adoro il latte di mandorla.. e se ci schiaffassi delle mandorle a lamelle sopra? magari tostate? sa dici..
    ieri ho fatto i tuoi cookes con le banane e i fiocchi d’avena.. sempre per rimanere in tema di frutta morente.. solo che mi sa che la quantità di banana era troppa.. si sente tanto.. era sui 400… lo so che la ricetta prevedeva 395, ma mi rimaneva un pezzetto de banana smunto.. e mozzo e ce lo schiaffato dentro.. ma mi sa che era meglio non lo facevo..
    pace.. buona notte cucciola..

  • Ultimamente sto imparando ad amare anche io il cibo in ciotola, vuoi perché si raffredda più lentamente, come dici tu, vuoi perché è così fotogenico… 😛 Bellino questo porridge, vorrei davvero provarlo! Mi chiedevo, la farina di teff può essere sostituita con altre farine?

    • Credo che quella di grano saraceno potrebbe funzionare, ma temo che il rapporto farina/liquido potrebbe essere diverso….quella di tiff ha un sapore speciale poi ^_^ Comunque credo non sia troppo difficile da trovare nei negozi biologici..magari la nascondono un po’ 😉

      • Grazie! 🙂 Il mio scopo era valorizzare i mille rimasugli di farine che giacciono in dispensa… Ma presto toccherà anche alla farina di teff, di cui ho tanto sentito parlare ma che non ho mai provato: fortuna che qui pullula di negozietti bio 😉

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