Taste of Nova Scotia Porridge Bread (Recipe Included)

Breakfast by request this morning? French toast with fruit and “Acadian Maple” pure maple syrup, made on D’Arcy’s porridge bread. This is a recipe we discovered years ago in our “Taste of Nova Scotia” cookbook and D’Arcy makes it at least once each week, usually twice. Described as, “a wonderfully fragrant, soft brown bread”, it gets rave reviews by all. We often make this bread for the kids’ teachers as thank-you gifts, and one teacher in particular has come to the house offering to pay D’Arcy to make it for him! For the record, I like it best when it’s still warm from the oven and slathered with butter and molasses!

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Recipe by Taste of Nova Scotia:

Porridge:

  • 3 cups boiling water
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cups rolled oats

Bread:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 ½ tsp granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp dry yeast
  • 2 cups porridge
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 7 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp salt

In a saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil; add rolled oats and bring back to a boil, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set porridge aside. In a small mixing bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water; add yeast and let rise until foamy. In a large mixing bowl, blend together porridge, brown sugar, oil and molasses. To porridge mixture, add yeast mixture, stirring to combine. Add flour 1 cup at a time, stirring to blend well, and continue to add flour until dough starts to come clean from the sides of the bowl but is not dry. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until dough is smooth and somewhat elastic. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size. (60 – 90 minutes).

Punch dough down and divide into six equal pieces. Shape into loaves and place two loves each into three greased 10 – x 6-inch double bread pans. Cover and set aside to rise in a warm draft-free place until double in size, approximately one hour. Bake in a preheated 325*F  oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until loaves are golden brown. Makes three double loaves.

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Snow Day Breakfast-in-Bed

It’s a SNOW DAY here in Truro. We’ve had more than 5cm of snow fall so far, with another 10cm and wind expected throughout the day. Because D’Arcy & the kids are in the public school system, they’ve already had a few snow days this year, while I’ve still had to go teach at the College. What a nice treat to wake up this morning and learn that Truro Campus has also closed for the day because of the weather! I emailed my students and crawled back under the covers for a few extra moments of sleep. The kids have obviously learned a few things from living in a Bed & Breakfast for close to ten years – they arrived into our bedroom laden down with a tray filled with hot (tasty!) coffee, french toast, syrup, yogurt, and dishes of cut up strawberries & bananas! They even served it on the china!

"Snow Day" breakfast in bed - D'Arcy had already taken his plate and dug in!

Snow days have their own special feeling. Because you’re never quite sure the night before whether or not school will be cancelled, you still have to make sure you are prepared for the following day. This makes a snow day much more relaxed than a normal “holiday” because everything you accomplish is a bonus!

The view from the dining room window - gentle snow falling on the trees

Today’s plans include D’Arcy & my getting caught up on our marking and planning for school, packing Evan’s luggage for his Brazil exchange (he leaves on Thursday!), and spending some time outside clearing snow and playing. This may very well be the last snow-day of the year, with spring just around the corner! We’ll enjoy it to the best of our ability!

Somehow, doing school work in front of the fireplace just seems so much more enjoyable!