Barley is a great substitute for oatmeal in a hearty porridge. Give it flavor with brown sugar and cinnamon, then add chopped walnuts, heavy cream, or fresh fruit.
Note: To cook barley, combine 1 cup pearled barley with 3 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until barley is tender, about 40 minutes. Drain.
- 2 cups cooked barley (see note)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons chopped toasted walnuts
- Heavy cream
- Fresh fruit for serving
Combine barley, milk, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until milk has almost been all absorbed, about 15 minutes. Divide barley between two bowls. Top with chopped walnuts, a generous drizzle of heavy cream, and chopped fresh fruit if desired.