- For the porridge:
- 1 cup Woolworths super maize meal
- 1 cup cold water
- 2 cups milk, heated
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- salt, to taste
- For the date butter sauce:
- 3 T butter
- 100 g Woolworths fresh Medjool dates, halved and pitted
- ½ t ground cinnamon
- 3 T honey or maple syrup
- 2 Top Red apples, roughly chopped
- pecan nuts, roasted, for serving
In a medium-sized, heavy-based saucepan, mix the maize meal and cold water.
Place the saucepan over a medium heat, then add the remaining porridge ingredients. Stir until the mixture begins to thicken, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
To make the date butter sauce, place all the ingredients except the apple into a saucepan over a medium heat and cook for 5 minutes, stirring, using the back of your spoon to smash the dates.
Add the apples and cook for a further 5 minutes, making sure not to overcook the apples.
Remove cinnamon stick, then serve the creamy porridge topped with the apple-and-date mixture and chopped pecan nuts.
Cook’s note: Hydrating the maize meal before cooking the porridge ensures a smooth, lump-free porridge.