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By Ruth Barnard


The Three Bear's Baked Porridge (as Goldilocks would say) is “just right.”

This Beary-tale inspired porridge recipe would make the perfect rainy weekend breakfast.


Prep time: 5-10 minutes

Cook time: 20-30 minutes (enough time to read The Story of the Three Bears)

Serves: 4-6



• 2 ½ cups porridge oats

• 1 tsp cinnamon

• Handful of nuts (like almond or hazelnut) and optional dried fruit

• ½ tsp baking powder

• 1 large tb brown sugar

• 1 large tb liquid honey

• 4 cups of milk

• Liquid honey to serve

• Optional- stewed apples or fresh berries

• Shallow baking dish or pie dish


What to do:

An adult bear will need to assist you when using the oven and grill

1. Preheat the oven to 200C.

2. In your baking dish mix together the oats, cinnamon and baking powder then crush your nuts and add them as well. If you would like dried fruit you can add a handful now.

3. Stir one heaped table spoon of honey into the milk until the honey has dissolved. Pour the honey milk over the oats, covering them completely. The honey milk will be soaked up by the oats as they cook.

4. Bake for about 20-30 minutes, or until all of the milk has soaked into the oats.



 5. When fully baked, sprinkle on one table spoon of brown sugar and grill to melt the sugar on top. Get an adult to help you keep an eye on it and be aware that the sugar will be piping hot so you must let it cool before serving.

6. Serve your baked porridge with a drizzle of honey and a splash of milk.

Fruit Recommendation:

You can also serve your porridge with stewed or fresh fruit or bake your oats with the fruit underneath, like you would with a crumble. We recommend fresh berries or stewed apple.


Put any leftover baked porridge in a sealed container in the fridge, you can heat it up in the microwave for breakfast the next day. Some people also enjoy it cold with a blob of jam or creamy yoghurt.

Happy Baking!

The Story of the Three Bears

• "The Story of the Three Bears" was first published in 1837 in a literary magazine called The Doctor. The author was anonymous and it was edited by Richard Southey, a British writer and poet.

• In 1839 the tale was made into a rhyme for children by George Nicol. In the rhyme version it's not a little girl who sneaks into the bear's house to try their porridge, instead it's an elderly woman.

• The name Goldilocks wasn't used until a retelling of the story in 1904.

The Story of the Three Bears

You can read the original rhyme here, it uses very old language which can be hard to follow, but the illustrations are fascinating and I particularly love the illustration on page 29 of the woman's feet as she leaps out of the window.


There are a lot of versions of the three bears. Which is your favourite version?

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