Sunday, September 23, 2012

Best Buy: Kilbeggan Porridge

Kilbeggan Organic porridge was established in January 2011 as a family business by the Lalor Family to produce organic oats grown on the family farm Ballard Organic Farm. Organic oats have been grown at Ballard Organic Farm for several years and because the crop is of such a high standard, Pat Lalor decided to develop the grain into porridge which is now sold across Ireland, UK and America.

Kilbeggan Porridge oats comes in two distinct types porridge oatlets also called creamy porridge and jumbo oats. Both products come from the same oat grain with jumbo oats being the whole oat, where as the oatlets variety is the jumbo oat cut up into three to four smaller pieces. Kelbeggan jumbo oats are coarser meaning it takes longer for the body to breakdown the oats keeping you fueled up until lunchtime.

Both types of oats come in four different sizes; 500gr, 1kg, 3kg and 25kg with a full list of stockists here.

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Darina Allen's Flapjacks using Kilbeggan Organic Oats

These nutritious oatmeal biscuits keep very well in a tin. Children love to munch them with a banana. Don't compromise - make them with butter, because the flavour is immeasurably better. This is the recipe that I use when I want to prove to people who swear they can't boil water that they can cook. We often drizzle them with melted chocolate as an extra treat - Darina Allen

Makes about 24

- 350g (12oz) Butter
- 1 Tbsp Golden Syrup 
- 1 Tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract 
- 225g (8oz) Caster Sugar
- 450g (1lb) Kilbeggan Organic Oats

Swiss Roll tin 25 x 38 cm (10 x 15in)


1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F / gas mark 4.

2. Melt the butter, add the golden syrup and vanilla extract, stir in the sugar and oats and mix well.

3. Spread evenly into the Swiss roll tin.

4. Bake until golden and slightly caramelised for about 30 minutes.

Cut into squares while still warm - they will crisp up as they cool.