— Chef's Note —

"I always like furmity; and so does Elizabeth-Jane; and so will you. It is nourishing after a long hard day." - Susan Henchard

I always had oatmeal growing up. It was my rushed 6AM breakfast before school, and it was never any fun. Still, this recipe has slowly become my morning ritual again, and I don't think it's because I'm getting older. Maybe it's the spices, maybe it's the honey and the real fruit...or maybe it's just the fact that I get to call it frumenty. Frumenty is just fun to say.

Frumenty has been called England's oldest national dish, and was often used to celebrate holidays or other happy affairs. In The Mayor of Casterbridge, it's called furmity and is served with milk, raisins, currants, and under-the-counter rum. Try some with almonds, orange blossom water, saffron, or other vibrant spices and garnishes.

— Featured In —

♦︎ Final Fantasy XIV ♦︎ The Mayor of Casterbridge ♦︎ Through the Looking-Glass ♦︎

How to Make Frumenty

— Ingredients —

3 1/4 cup water
cracked wheat
2 cups cracked wheat
(or rolled oats)
3/4 cup raisins

— Instructions —

  1. On stovetop, bring water to a boil.
  2. Stir in oats and cinnamon.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally (about 1 minute).
  4. Remove from heat, and serve in deep bowls.
  5. Top with a splash of milk, as well as honey, milk, raisins, and any additional cinnamon to taste.
  6. Note: Frumenty tends to stick to the cooking pot, so be sure to serve it hot and wash the pot as soon as you can. You can also make frumenty in the microwave by heating 1/2 cup oats and 1 cup water per serving (about 45 seconds).