Wheat Berry Porridge and a Giveaway!

by Michelle on September 9, 2010

Am I the only person who enjoys a big bowl of hot cereal for dinner?

Well, I just love Oatmeal or Cream of Wheat sprinkled with fruit and a drizzle of cream. But I now have a new favorite, Wheat Berries! And when I was approached by OH Nuts to do a blog post, I knew exactly what to make! However, due to the huge OH Nuts’ inventory, it did take me some time to make my final decision. I knew right away I wanted to try the Dried Blueberries because I’ve been looking for them forever with no luck. But when I saw that they stocked Angelino Red Dried Plums my search was over!

The Dried Blueberries, are wonderfully sweet, very versatile for cooking or baking and can be used in place of raisins in just about any recipe. But my favorite are the Dried Angelino Red Plums, pictured above, and would you look at that gorgeous color! As far as taste, the Dried Plums are similar to a Dried Apricot but a little bit sweeter. Personally, I like the Plums much better then Apricots and I ate the entire bag in two days. On the other hand, Mr. Tastebuds preference was the Dried Blueberries and he took the bag to work so he can munch the day away and the bag lasted three days. Did I mention that we like dried fruit?

And I was lucky enough to secure two additional pounds of fruit to offer as a Giveaway!!!

Check below for the Guidelines for the
“1 Winner = 2 lbs of Fruit Giveaway”!

Wheat Berry; The term wheatberry or wheat berry refers to the entire wheat kernel (except for the hull), comprising the bran, germ, and endosperm. Wheatberries have a tan to reddish brown color and are available as either a hard or soft processed grain. They are often added to salads or baked into bread to add a crunchy texture; as a whole grain, they also provide nutritional benefits since they are an excellent source of dietary fiber.

I received a quart jar of Wheat Berries in a foodie swap a year or so ago and have enjoyed Wheat Berries ever since. Tucked in the jar was a handwritten recipe which read, “Wheat Berry Porridge – Excellent served warm with fruit and toasted Almonds.”

Wheat Berry Porridge

1 c Wheat Berries, rinsed and drained
3 c water
Fresh Fruit or Dried Fruit (I used fresh Raspberries and OH Nuts Dried Blueberries)
Milk or Cream
Honey, Brown Sugar or White Sugar (I skipped, the added fruit is enough sweetener for me)
Nuts, Almonds or Pecans, toasted (I skipped but really I toasted almonds but forgot to add them for the photo!)

In a medium sized sauce pan bring water to a boil. Add Wheat Berries and again bring to a boil. Turn down burner and simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until all water is evaporated and Wheat Berries have softened but still chewy.

Place Wheat Berries in a cereal bowl and add dried fruit. Add sugar or honey, stir and let sit a minute or 2 to soften the fruit.

Top with fresh fruit and nuts. Enjoy!


Guidelines for the
“1 Winner = 2 lbs of Fruit Giveaway”!

1. The Giveaway; 1 lb bag of Dried Blueberries and 1 lb bag of Angelino Red Dried Plums.
2. To enter just leave a comment on this post.
3. Each comment is ONE Entry. You can leave as many comments as you’d like.
4. Giveaway will end Friday, September 17, 2010, 12:00 Midnight CT.
5. US or Canadian Residents only.
6. Winner will be announced on my blog and contacted via email on Saturday, September 18, 2010.

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  • Lisa September 9, 2010 at 1:54 am

    I just started reading your blog; I found it searching for an image of Habanero Gold, of all things! I love dried fruit and I love a giveaway, so here I am.

  • Elwood September 9, 2010 at 6:34 am

    That wheat berry porridge look so good. I love a nice warm breakfast to help start the day. You always have such great posts. When my blog grows up I want it to be like yours! :)

  • Joanna September 9, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Yum! I’d love to win, Michelle!

  • Jill September 9, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I love dried fruit too – in things, on things, and plain!

  • Kat September 9, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Those dried plums look delicious. Wish I would of dried some of all those plums I was given over a year ago. Never crossed my mind. Was too busy thinking about the plum wine!!

  • Daryl Callahan September 9, 2010 at 9:50 am

    That ceral looks amazing. Never would of thought to add dried fruit to cereal

  • Melanie September 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Hmmm. Where do they grow those plums? They look beautifully yummy in the picture. I love dried fruit too. My favorite place locally to shop is the bulk food bins at Whole Foods. Dried cherries and blueberries are my favorites. After I buy them, it is a challenge to keep from eating them before I get them into a recipe. I definitely want to try the porridge. The picture looks very inviting with the plump ripe fruit on top!

    • Michelle September 9, 2010 at 11:14 am

      Melanie,

      The Angelino Plums are grown in California.

  • Bonnie- September 9, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I love wheat berries. I use the same wheat that I grind for my bread and just cook it up for cereal. Love the addition of the dried and fresh fruit.

  • Bonnie- September 9, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I forgot to mention that sometimes I cook the wheat berries overnight in a slow cooker. It’s so easy. I would love to try the dried plums. I have several plum trees and love them fresh, but I have never dehydrated them. I think I should try.

  • barbi September 9, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I’d love to try the dried plums. they sound good!

  • Joanne September 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I would just about swoon if Oh Nuts contacted me about trying some of their products! I ADORE dried fruit. And yes I am SO one of those people who could have a bowl of hot cereal just about anytime anywhere and be totally content! This sounds delicious.

  • Pattie and Allie September 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Oh my gosh Michelle! Dried blueberries are a favorite of mine (I use them in tea breads and cookies all the time), but I WANT those plums!! YUM! Great giveaway
    xoxo Pattie

  • pam September 9, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    I am always looking for ways to use wheat berries, I’ve done salads, but never a porridge! Also, that fruit sounds divine! I would love to use some of that in my homemade granola!

  • Sue Schneider September 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Wheat berry porridge – duh!! What a great idea! Love dried blueberries(they go great in bran muffins), but those dried plums..wow!! They look gorgeous and I do love plums. What a great giveaway!

  • BethieofVA September 9, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I love oatmeal!!!!

  • Daisy September 9, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I’m still working on getting my family to eat steel cut oats. Wheat berries may take a while. But the fruit giveaway? I’m in!

  • Kim September 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    The wheat berry porridge looks absolutely gorgeous in your picture Michelle! I’ve never tried wheat berries before, but would love to (especially like this for breakfast).

    The dried fruit sounds wonderful.

  • Glenn September 10, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Never heard of ’em, but hey this old dog can learn new tricks! Send ’em my way!

  • Maria September 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Love your porridge. Dried fruit mixed in is the best!

  • Cuisine Kathleen September 10, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Hey, I picked a good day for a visit. I just took out the plate you sent me for Fall!
    Hope all is well with you!

  • Jan September 10, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    The dried fruit sound good but I am not sure about wheat berries

  • Biz September 11, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I love dried fruit! And I haven’t made wheat berries in a long time – I need to hit up Whole Foods soon!

    Hope you have a great weekend Michelle!

  • Maria September 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    my sons love hot cereal with dried fruit, we usually do cranberries or raisins. I prefer homemade granola & yogurt & fruit.

  • Maria September 11, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    also, a little off topic, but does anyone know why we stopped calling them prunes and now call them dried plums???

    • Michelle September 11, 2010 at 4:03 pm

      Prunes are dried Purple Plums.

      The Dried Angelino Red Plums not only look totally different as you can see in my photo but taste similar to a Dried Apricot but a bit sweeter.

  • Cookin' Canuck September 12, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Oh! Nuts has fantastic products and it looks as though you made great use of them.

  • Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook September 13, 2010 at 6:54 am

    I am so excited – I would LOVE to try the dried plums! I’ve never had an Angelino Red, but I love Santa Rosas so I’m sure I’ll love these too. And Blueberries are my absolute favorite fruit … two winner in my book! Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I hope I win :-)

  • deeba September 13, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Great great giveaway … do count me in if a US address works. Love that bowl of porridge!

  • Katrina September 13, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I LOVE dried fruit and I LOVE oatmeal and could eat it three times of day!

  • Katrina September 13, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I’ve always wanted to try wheatberries as a breakfast, but never have. I’ll have to do that!

  • megan September 13, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I’ve never had wheat berries but I would love to win some dried fruit!

  • Ashley September 14, 2010 at 7:40 am

    I love to make oatmeal for breakfast and my new favorite is oatmeal bars to take on the go, the dried fruit would be a great addition to my recipe.

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  • Guff né Old Pop September 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Pick me pick me! I make steel cut oatmeal in the rice cooker. Do you think it would work for the wheat berry porridge? I would think I could use the same wheat I grind for flour.

    • Michelle September 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm

      I’m sure the Wheat Berries would cook just fine in your Rice Cooker. I know many people cook their Wheat Berries in their Slow Cooker so they’re ready first thing in the morning.

  • Nichole September 15, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Oh, those red dried plums look incredible…like I might want to buy some (if I don’t win the giveaway, that is). I never even knew such things existed. Yum ! Thanks for the great giveaway !

  • Nichole September 15, 2010 at 9:18 am

    As far as the wheatberries, I never think to cook them as they are…I’ve got a couple hundred pounds in my basement that I grind for fresh flour every time I bake bread or anything else that needs flour. Quinoa makes a good breakfast porridge too.

  • Melanie September 15, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I made the wheatberry porridge for breakfast this morning and oh it was wonderful! Now if I could just win that dried fruit I could make more. If you find or have anymore good recipes using wheatberries could you pass them along or post? It’s not so easy to find good recipes using them. Thank you for the wonderful new breakfast idea!!

  • Gypsyhooker September 17, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Looks yummy. I still say it would be easier if you just moved in & cooked for me. LOL

  • Lisa September 17, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Another Lisa here voting for cereal for dinner. I love the wheat berry with fruit idea. wonderful things come from having a bit of dried fruit around. Last week I had a smidge of dates and a smidge of dried cranberries. Viola! Date bars steaming from the oven! Yum-yum.

  • Judy M September 17, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Michelle,

    THANKS so much for the wheat berry hot cereal recipe! I really love them, but haven’t used them as cereal. I wonder about soaking them overnight?

    I would love the dried fruit for challahs and the upcoming harvest holiday. Just made the deadline!

    Thanks again,

    Judy

  • Sharon Allen September 17, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Enjoy your blog and I love dried fruit–good on salads!

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