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Recipe for family meals :

Porridge with Apple Purée

Like most busy mothers, Sian Blunos wanted to feed her baby well, but as a trained chef, working alongside her Michelin-starred chef husband, she didn’t have a lot of free time. This is one of the recipes she has created and published in her book entitled Cooking for Coco - to find out more have a look at the articler under Interesting Bites <click here>

"I’m not certain whether Goldilocks would have approved of this creamy breakfast treat, but Coco certainly does. If you’re baby is under a year, you can use formula milk".


For the Apple Purée:
4 medium dessert apples, peeled and cored
6 ounces apple juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the Porridge:
1 cup porridge oats
1 tablespoon bran (optional)
1 pint milk
1 tablespoon clear honey, to serve


  • To make the Apple Purée, roughly dice the apples and place them in a heavy-based, non-metallic saucepan with the apple juice and cinnamon. Cook, half-covered, over medium heat for 20 minutes, until the apples are tender.
  • Meanwhile, to make the Porridge, put the oats and bran (if using) into a saucepan. Add the milk and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  • Serve the porridge in a bowl, topped with a large spoonful of apple purée, and drip over some honey.
  • If you are not going to use all the porridge at one meal, you can refrigerate the porridge and purée separately, and use within 3 days. Reheat the porridge in the microwave but you can serve the purée at room temperature.

Technique Tip:

With most of these recipes you can use a food processor or blender to produce a puréed mixture. However, if you are using potatoes, you should add them as small dice just before serving. If they are blended, the starch they contain causes them to break down into a gluey mess.

As your baby grows and has more teeth, you can mash or chop the food instead. The textures will encourage your baby to chew. You will be the best judge of when you can start to do this.

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Makes 4 portions

Sian Blunos

© Cooking for Coco, Sian Blunos 2003