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Perfect Porridge Hamlyns Giveaway

I’m so excited to announce a Perfect Porridge giveaway, thanks to Hamlyns of Scotland.
For one lucky reader, the winner will receive a Perfect Porridge Hamper plus TWO runners up will each receive a Hamlyn’s apron and tea towel.

Perfect Porridge Hamper Hamlyns Oats

What Could you Win?

The Perfect Porridge Hamper from Hamlyns includes the quality range of varied oats (including oatmeal, oats with bran), a porridge-making spurtle and the new homeware range by Scottish designer, Gillian Kyle. There are two Daddy-bear-sized porridge bowls, two large mugs, a tea towel, an apron, and a super sturdy shopping bag.

Hamlyns of Scotland

Hamlyns of Scotland is part of a family food business, owned and managed by a family with 14 generations of history in oat milling. In 2016 Hamlyns of Scotland brand celebrated its 50th birthday. You’ll find Hamlyns products in virtually every supermarket in Scotland – Tesco, Sainsbury’s, the Coop, Morrisons and Waitrose. Anyone outside Scotland can order from their website.

I love their oats – particularly their new ‘Oats & Bran’, great for a healthy bowl of porridge, and our favourite homemade maple granola which we serve with almond milk and fresh berries each week. Hamlyns have been so kind to share a few of my favourite recipes recently on their website, such as these Oat, Bran, Date & Apple Breakfast Muffins. As they say, oats are not just for breakfast!  They’ve also shared my Granny’s Matrimonial Cake and Snowballs for teatime plus these mini Rhubarb and Oat Crumbles for dessert. Check out more of their ‘Oat Cuisine’ recipes on their website plus sign up for their newsletter.

My latest recipe in conjunction with this Perfect Porridge Giveaway, is our annual birthday mini oat biscuits, Melting Moments.

Melting Moments

Try us – we just melt in the mouth!

Perfect Porridge – What’s Yours?

It may be summer but my daughter has been making porridge to see her through her BAC exams.

Her idea of the perfect porridge is with Hamlyns Oats & Bran, made with water (2.5 parts of water to 1 of oats), a good pinch of fleur de sel salt and stirred over a medium heat with a wooden spurtle for about 10-15 minutes until it bubbles and thickens.  Dribbled over with quick-melting honey, some warming spicy granola for that crunch, topped with fresh summer berries and then the whole lot poured over with regular or almond milk.

Perfect Porridge Hamlyns Scotland

How to Enter the Perfect Porridge Giveaway?

  • THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
  • Enter by leaving me a comment below telling me how you like your porridge.
  • This giveaway closes on Monday 16 July 2018 at midnight GMT.
  • The giveaway is open to readers over 18 who live in the UK.
  • All entrants’ names who comment below will be put together and picked entirely at random.
    Good Luck!

To enter, please leave your email address when you comment.  Your email will not be published and is never shared. I will contact the 3 winners personally by email on Tuesday 17 July and with their permission will pass on their address so Hamlyns can post out the prizes. You can read more about my privacy policy here.

 

Disclosure: I received a Perfect Porridge Hamper from Hamlyns to photograph for this giveaway. I was not expected to write a positive review and, as always, any opinions expressed are my own.

Healthy Breakfast Bran Muffins

The upside of last week’s heavy rainfall in Paris is that it has been ideal weather to bake some healthy breakfast bran muffins.

Healthy Breakfast Bran Muffins

At this time of year I’m always looking for ways to bring a smile to my teenagers’ faces in the mornings. Let’s face it, it’s easy to get on that downward spiral of fatigue with a general lack of winter sunlight, the girls’ mock lycée exams and crescendo-ing snatched snooze alarms before reluctantly pushing aside the duvet (sound familiar?). We’ve needed to cheer up by starting the day with quick and easy comfort food that’s a bit nostalgic. Baking up a batch of these warmed healthy breakfast bran muffins with dates and apple has added a wee smile on my face too, thinking of Granny.

First let me show you some bright and cheery Scottish heather, snapped in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens over the weekend, then my French heather back in the garden, just after I got home, just west of Paris. There, that’s a sunshine fix for us – now for the muffins!

scottish heather Edinburgh

Looking for some cheery nostalgia, I brought out Granny’s Black Book of Scottish recipes again. I took it as a sign as the book opened directly at page 43, with Miss Adams’ recipe for Bran Muffins.

Only Granny would have known who Miss Adams was, as I can’t find any family members who had heard of her.  In any case, it was the perfect time to make these healthy breakfast bran muffins, as I’ve just discovered Hamlyn’s of Scotland’s new Oats and Bran. It took me right back to the time my Mum used to make bran muffins using a well-known breakfast cereal but when I checked the company’s website, it wasn’t up there – but who knew that Granny had a recipe?

So bring on these deliciously moist Breakfast Bran muffins, adapted from Granny’s Black Recipe Book with added healthy oats, dates and apple – and using weights (grams/ounces) to volume (cups).

Breakfast bran muffins

Granny’s handwritten recipe for Bran Muffins and Hamlyn’s Porridge Oats & Bran

Incidentally, if you’re curious why I always use weights rather than volume, see my post on measuring your baking here. And if you’re not curious and use cups, then I thoroughly recommend you read it now, as it will change the way you bake.  It’s not as important for making easy muffin recipes like this one, but boy – you can’t make macarons, fancy cakes consistently well, or French patisserie without digital scales!

As you can see from Miss Adams’ recipe, granny suggested using dates. I love that squidgy concoction.  She often mixed dates with apple in her recipes, so I added the apple in these too for old times’ sake.

This makes the bran muffins extra moist and with the dates’ natural sweetness, there’s no need to add anything to them. If you make the muffins the night before, just warm them slightly to serve for breakfast.

Healthy Breakfast Bran Muffins

 

Healthy Breakfast Bran Muffins

5 from 3 votes
Breakfast Bran Muffins
Healthy Breakfast Bran Muffins with Oats, Dates & Apple
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Irresistibly moist bran muffins with oats, dates and apple for a delicious healthy start to the day

Course: Breakfast, Snack, teatime
Cuisine: American, British, Scottish
Servings: 9
Calories: 153 kcal
Author: Jill Colonna
Ingredients
  • 100 g / 3.5oz plain flour all-purpose
  • 50 g / 1.75oz porridge oats with bran (Hamlyn's) or oats with 1 tbsp wheat bran
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt fleur de sel
  • 1 organic egg
  • 100 ml / 3.5fl oz milk
  • 70 g /2.5oz butter (unsalted) melted
  • 50 g /1.75oz soft dark brown sugar (Muscovado)
  • 100 g /3.5oz soft dates (Medjool) roughly chopped
  • 50 g /1.75oz apple finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp mixed/apple spice optional
  • 1 tbsp porridge oats for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F (180°C fan); Gas 6.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, oats with bran, baking powder and salt. Add the dates and apple (and apple spice if using) and coat in the flour mix.
  3. In another smaller bowl, beat the egg with the milk, melted butter and sugar. Mix together then add to the dry flour ingredients, stirring well until the batter is smooth.
    healthy breakfast bran muffins
  4. Spoon the mixture into paper cases inserted in buttered muffin tins (or directly into silicone muffin moulds). Fill ¾ of the way up.
  5. Sprinkle with a few porridge oats and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Leave to cool completely for about 10 minutes before taking out of the tin.
Recipe Notes

Best served fresh on the day but for busy bakers, make the night before and store in an airtight container once cool.

Variations: Instead of 100g dates, mix 50/50 of dates and sultanas. Another variation is to replace the dates with soft dried apricots – particularly the organic dark ones.

Jill Colonna

MadAboutMacarons.com

 

Healthy breakfast bran muffins

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post but was thrilled to receive Scottish Porridge Oats & Bran from Hamlyns of Scotland in return for this recipe in their ‘Oat Cuisine’ collection (I wish I’d thought of that one!)

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