May 11, 2011

Breakfast Polenta with Warm Berry Compote

       Polenta is ground white or yellow cornmeal. The polenta meal comes in different levels of coarseness. Bob's Red Mill also sells polenta with the nutritious germ still intact labeled as coarse stoneground cornmeal. It is the more "whole" option, but different than traditional polenta. I chose the finer grain more traditional meal because it cooks up faster and I love the texture for breakfast food. The dry meal is boiled with water or milk and made into a warm and pleasing porridge. It is a great alternative to oatmeal when you are in the mood for something different. The mixture cooks up smooth and creamy and can be made either sweet or savory according to your tastes.

       The polenta is creamy and satisfying, especially when topped with warm berry compote, which is a fancy way of saying warm berry sauce. The sauce is fruity, sweet/tart and warm. It pairs perfectly with the creamy, smooth polenta. This breakfast comes together really quickly and is a nice alternative to a bowl of cereal. 

Breakfast Polenta with Warm Berry Compote
adapted from Cooking Light Magazine
This makes a lot of compote, so if you prefer less with your polenta, reserve some to use as a topping for pancakes, waffles or yogurt.

1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
dash of ground cinnamon
1 (12 oz.) bag assorted frozen berries

2 cups water
2 cups milk
1 cup polenta; corn meal
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Compote: melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add berries, honey, and cinnamon; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in fresh lemon juice. Keep warm.

Polenta: Bring milk and 1 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan. In a separate bowl combine remaining 1 cup water, corn meal, sugar and salt. Slowly add polenta mixture into the boiling liquid, stirring constantly. Cook until thickened, stirring frequently. Cover; continue cooking over low heat for 5 minutes. Stir cooked polenta. Serve with fruit compote and cream (optional).


Rachel said...

Wow. I want this right now. Seriously.

Your food blog is my favorite. I get excited when I see a new post in Google Reader. Keep it up!

Heather said...

Thanks Rachel. I'm glad you have enjoyed the blog. It is nice to know someone is reading it besides my mom:)

Mary Pugh said...

This was AH-mazing! I wish I would have known about this recipe during the winter...the perfect breakfast for a cold morning. That said I can see myself having this just about any morning! The berry compote makes the meal!