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Gruel | Source: Shutterstock
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Gruel Recipe — Learn How to Make the 18th Century Porridge Traditionally & with a Modern Twist

Milla Sigaba
Jan 12, 2024
02:30 P.M.
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Gruel is a thin porridge that often consists of ground oats, wheat, rye, or rice. Learn how to make this 18th-century porridge traditionally and with a modern twist with this gruel recipe.

Gruel has been around for decades and was historically prepared to feed orphans, the sick, and the young. It was also part of the staple diet of the less fortunate due to its easy preparation and low cost.

Different variations of gruel have existed since its inception, including in Korea, where it is a delicacy. Traditional recipes call for simple ingredients like oats, water, and salt for taste. However, you can add a sweeter touch to this simple breakfast food with this more modern gruel recipe that is easy to make and suitable to enjoy no matter the time of year.

Gruel Recipe

Although the brown hue of gruel and its sometimes lumpy texture may be off-putting to some, you can turn this 18th-century porridge into a warm bowl of deliciousness with the right ingredients and measurements. Find the perfect gruel recipe below:

What You'll Need:

  • 3 tbsps rolled oatmeal
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 L water
  • 28 g unsalted butter (optional)
  • 1 tbsp sugar (optional)
  • 2 tbsps brandy (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg (optional)
Gruel | Source: YouTube/Tasting History with Max Miller

Gruel | Source: YouTube/Tasting History with Max Miller

Directions:

1. Add the rolled oatmeal and salt to a pot of water and bring the mixture to a gentle boil over medium heat.

2. Allow the oatmeal to boil for 30 minutes and skim off the residue that will form on top of the gruel as it cooks.

Using a wooden spoon, gently remove the residue that gathers on top of gruel. | Source: YouTube/Tasting History with Max Miller

Using a wooden spoon, gently remove the residue that gathers on top of gruel. | Source: YouTube/Tasting History with Max Miller

3. After 30 minutes, your traditional gruel should be ready. However, for a modern flare with a sweeter and creamier taste, mix in butter, sugar, brandy, and nutmeg.

Now that you know how to make gruel — whether you prefer the simple taste of the traditional recipe or the version with a sweet twist — you can enjoy this low-effort breakfast food without breaking the bank. With breakfast sorted, try this Mike's Farm Mac and Cheese recipe for a creamy and cheesy lunch meal.

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