Orange almond cream of wheat

May 13, 2021 at 12:34 pm (Alma's faves, B plus (3 stars, like a lot), breakfast, Derek's faves, Monthly menu plan - brunch)


Cream of wheat, or Grießbrei, is very popular here in Germany. It’s usually just a porridge made from finely ground semolina cooked with cow’s milk, which is tasty but I personally find to be a bit lacking in flavor/fiber/antioxidants. This version adds ground almonds for a bit more fiber and orange marmalade and/or orange zest for a bit more flavor/antioxidants. Alma and Derek both love this cream of wheat / semolina porridge recipe. The original recipe is more complicated (see below), but here’s how we’ve been making it lately. If you want something a bit fancier, make a sauce out of orange juice, Schmand and orange pieces and serve the cream of wheat with a dollop of sauce on top.

Ingredients:

  • 750ml milk (about 3.17 cups or 777g; we use whole cow’s milk, but I imagine any milk would work)
  • 1/2 to 1 Tbs. honey (use the larger amount if you’re using orange zest and no marmalade)
  • 75g ground almonds
  • 1 to 2 pinches salt
  • 1 Tbs. bitter orange marmalade (or zest from 3/4 of an orange)
  • 150g semolina
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • a bit of orange juice or extra milk, to thin/cool the porridge after it’s done cooking

Instructions:

  1. If you’re in a hurry you can pre-heat the milk in the microwave. Add it to a 1 quart pyrex measuring cup and heat it in the microwave for about 4 minutes, while you’re measuring out the almonds, salt, honey, and marmalade.
  2. Add the milk, honey, ground almonds, salt, and marmalade (or orange zest) to a 3-quart pot. (It might also fit in a 2-quart pot?) Bring the milk to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Whisk in the semolina and turn the heat to very low. Keep stirring until the semolina turns into a mass, which should take a few minutes. Turn off the heat, stir in the vanilla, and let cool a bit. Add more milk to thin the porridge to your desired consistency.

The recipe says it serves 6.

Original post from May 13, 2021

I bought semolina to make a semolina gratin a while back, and was trying to figure out what to do with the leftover semolina. Alma was advocating for oatmeal but I decided to use some of the leftover semolina to make cream of wheat for breakfast, or as it’s known in Germany, Grießbrei. The semolina package from Alnatura had a recipe for Orange-Grießflammerie on the side of the package. I’m not sure what Flammerie means. I thought maybe you are supposed to caramelize the top, but I don’t see anything about that in the instructions. I didn’t have an orange to zest so I used some homemade bitter orange marmalade that a friend gave us. It added a wonderful orange flavor that complemented the almonds nicely. And the ground almonds added some interesting texture to the dish. Everyone liked this recipe. Alma mixed in some of her hot cocoa to turn hers into orange almond chocolate cream of wheat.

The recipe as published has you make a sauce with fresh orange, orange juice, and Schmand (sour cream?), but I didn’t have any of those ingredients so I served the dish plain.

Ingredients for the porridge:

  • 500 ml whole milk (I used 500g)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey (I didn’t measure, just used the very end that was left in a jar. I poured the hot milk in then shook.)
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 1 pinch salt
  • zest from half an orange (I didn’t have any, so I used a big spoonful of bitter orange marmalade)
  • 100g semolina
  • 1 package vanilla sugar (I added a dash of vanilla extract)

Ingredients for the topping/sauce:

  • 150ml orange juice
  • fruit of an orange, cut into slices
  • 200g Schmand (I think this is sour cream, but I didn’t have any so I left it out)

Instructions:

  1. Add the milk, honey, ground almonds, salt, and orange zest (or marmalade) to a 2-quart pot. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in the semolina and turn the heat to very low. Keep stirring until the semolina turns into a mass. Turn off the heat, stir in the vanilla, and let cool a bit. Add more milk to thin to your desired consistency.
  3. Make a sauce out of the orange juice, Schmand and orange pieces and serve the cream of wheat with a dollop of sauce on top.

The recipe says it serves 4 but we ate the entire pot for breakfast along with some fruit salad and cottage cheese (which only I ate). The plain Grießbrei recipe on the other side of the package also says it serves 4 but calls for 200g semolina and 1 liter of milk.

  • 1 liter whole milk
  • 40g butter
  • 4 teaspoons raw sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 200g semolina

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