Broken Farro Porridge with Coconut Milk, Almonds, and Roasted Plums
If I were going to list my all-time favorite breakfasts ever, this broken farro porridge would definitely be near the top of the list. Top five, for sure.
And that is saying a lot, because I don’t normally consider myself an oatmeal or porridge person. I’m not even sure if oatmeal or porridge fanatics love it that much. Omelettes? Definitely. Waffles and pancakes? Of course! Runny eggs? Yes, the answer is always yes.
Porridge better be really special if it wants to compete with all of the other amazing breakfast foods out there, and you guys, this farro porridge is special.
As is the case with many of the recipes on the blog, this one was inspired by a meal at a restaurant. Broken farro porridge is a dish served at Il Cane Rosso, a small order-at-the-counter cafe in San Francisco’s Ferry Building. It is one of their signature items, and rightly so.
Truth time? I only spent one full day in the city on my trip to San Francisco in August, and had a mini breakdown when we almost missed their breakfast window (breakfast is only served before 10:45 AM, and we arrived at the Ferry Building exactly five minutes before that).
I’m really not kidding. Ask my friend.
Thankfully, we got there just in time and I savored every spoonful of the stuff. The trick to this amazing porridge is the broken farro. If you’re unfamiliar with it, farro is a variety of wheat that has become relatively popular over the last few years.
As the name suggests, it is literally broken. Ground to a relatively fine grain, which allows it to gain the creamiest of textures when cooked, but not so much so that it still retains great texture.
Since farro is only available in whole grain form, I’ve found that the best way to grind the farro yourself at home is using a high power blender (I used my Vitamix) or food processor. The good news? You don’t need to travel to San Francisco anymore to try it yourself.
Il Cane Rosso’s broken farro is served beautifully, but very simply. The original comes with raisins and is topped with chopped toasted almonds. Although I love that version and would gladly have it every day of the week, I decided to change a few things myself without messing with the integrity of the dish.
The porridge itself is made by boiling water and slowly pouring in the broken farro, similarly to how you make polenta or grits. After the farro is completely cooked, you whisk in light coconut milk, a touch of maple syrup, and lots of vanilla extract. The coconut milk helps make the porridge extra creamy, and the vanilla and maple syrup add just enough sweetness and flavor. (Also, it’s vegan!)
I decided to top the whole thing off with roasted Damson plums, which are only available a few weeks out of the year, and are showcased best as a preserve, roasted, or stewed. I’m clearly on a plum streak, but in all honesty, the tartness of the plums complements the porridge really well.
If you can’t find them, free to leave this part of the recipe out or substitute with this delicious roasted plum compote. It tastes just as good either way!
Broken Farro Porridge with Coconut Milk, Almonds, & Roasted Plums
- 8-10 small Damson plums roughly ½ 1lb
- 2 tablespoons turbinado or demerara sugar
Broken Farro Porridge:
- ½ cup uncooked farro
- 2 cups (480 mL) water
- ¼ teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
- ¾ cup (180 mL) light coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- toasted sliced or chopped almonds
- turbinado sugar for sprinkling
- Roast Plums: Prepare the oven to 425°F (220°C) with a rack in the center position. Halve and pit the plums and place in a small roasting dish. Sprinkle the plums with the turbinado or demerara sugar. Roast for 10 to 15 minutes or until the plums are soft and lightly caramelized. Cool the plums on a rack as you prepare the farro porridge.
- Prepare Farro Porridge: Place the farro in a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix, or alternatively a high-powered food processor and process until mostly ground. You want the grains to be roughly ground with very small pieces of farro still visible. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, bring the water and salt to a rolling boil. Slowly pour in the farro, whisking continuously with your other hand to prevent any lumps from forming. Reduce the heat to low, and continue to cook the farro, whisking continously, for another 10 to 12 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened substantially and it is completely cooked.
- Whisk in the coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and remove from the heat to cool slightly. Serve the porridge and top with toasted sliced almonds, roasted plums (or plum compote), and a sprinkling of turbinado sugar.
50 Comments on “Broken Farro Porridge with Coconut Milk, Almonds, and Roasted Plums”
Do you think Kamut would work the same way? I was excited to try your recipe because I THOUGH I had farro…turns out it’s Kamut!
Great question! Since Kamut is also a wheat grain (the starch helps thicken the porridge), I think it would absolutely work. I haven’t cooked kamut this way, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t. Please let me know how it turns out!!
This was delicious. Very easy to prepare. I love porridge and this is much simpler than other recipes I have made. A new favorite!
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I was eating a container of broken farro porridge from Fearless Cafe, which is the same company as Il Cane Rosso, and was searching for a recipe and found your website. The label says that it’s made with organic milk, raisins, sugar, cinnamon, and orange zest. I can’t wait to try your recipe and top it off with a little orange zest. 🙂
Let me know what you think!! I definitely changed mine up a bit with the plums, but I also love to have it the traditional way with raisins and almonds! 🙂
I just returned from a trip to visit my son in San Francisco. This morning I told my husband, “Out of all of the different foods we had there, the one dish I cannot forget is that farro porridge!” Believe me, that is saying a lot, as my son insists that we have a different ethnic dish for every meal there, and in San Francisco, that is an easy feat! I had never had farro or porridge so felt quite adventurous giving it a try. It was awesome! I don’t think the farro was broken, however, so I am looking forward to trying your recipe. The great little cafe, if you are back in the city, is Reverie. The menu, as well as I can remember, said it included farro, dash of cream, dash of butter, coconut, almonds, raisins and dates. Paired with a huge cup of Earl Grey tea, it was a breakfast I won’t forget.
Wow! I haven’t been to Riviera, just the Il Cane Rosso (cafe at Ferry Building) which serves it as ‘broken farro’, but I’m sure yours was equally as tasty! It’s amazing, right??! Thanks so much for your wonderful comment. I love visiting San Francisco, the food is always so memorable. Please let me know if you try this recipe and what you think! 🙂
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Porridge has to be one of my favorite breakfasts! I love adding different fruits to it (from grated apples and bananas to raisins). Roasted plums may become my new favorite addition!
Totally agree! Grate dapple is one of my favorites!
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I mean, I was okay with having an excuse to hop on a plane to SF, but I’m also REALLY glad you’ve figured out how I can make this at home! kind of in love in a big way.
ME TOO! 🙂
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What a delightful breakfast! I never cooked with farro before, but the picture looks really gorgeous! Love coconut milk flavor, will save the recipe for sure 🙂
What a great technique, processing the farro like that. This recipe can TOTALLY compete with waffles and omelets!
This looks lovely! I’ve never had porridge, but I’ve loved farro every time I’ve had it 🙂
You’ll love this! I know it! 🙂
I absolutely love porridge. It’s so nostalgic and cosy and I never ever get sick of it. I just wish it was porridge eating weather more often down here! And I have to try some farro! It sounds awesome.
Yeah, I totally remember the hot and humid days in Brisbane, so I can understand why you’re not scrambling to make a hot porridge, haha! You must try farro (if you can find it), I know you would love it!
Your photos are killer! I love farro, but never had is broken before. Looking forward to trying this out!
Thanks Liz!!! 🙂
you need to bring me some ground farro!!
I will! Send me a reminder next week!
I’m an oatmeal girl myself, but this looks fab. And being a New England girl, maple syrup seems like the perfect touch of sweetness!
Maple syrup is my favorite in oatmeal or porridge! I sprinkled a little turbinado sugar on the top though! 🙂
I love that broken farro! Such a unique recipe, girl!
Thank you, thank you!!
This is such an amazing flavor combo, I am obsessed with plums right now so I want them with everything! I love that you used coconut milk!
YES! Totally obsessed with plums too!
Your pictures are amazing – love love love the pour shot! I haven’t tried farro yet – this is such an interesting take on porridge!
Thank you so much! Pour shots are always tricky, and it is always a relief when they work out, haha! 🙂
Oooh yum. Farro is my new obsession, but I’ve yet to try broken farro!! I didn’t even know it existed… so thanks for the recipe! Looks amazing!
I literally think Il Cane Rosso in San Francisco invented it! I’ve never seen it anywhere else! 🙂
I’ve never heard of this method before, and I have to say, I’m sold. I love the nutty texture of farro in its original state, so I know I’d love it porridge-style (I DO happen to be a huge oatmeal/porridge person in the cooler months). Love that first picture Laura!
I think the cafe in San Francisco is the only place that does this! I’ve never seen it anywhere else either!! Thanks, as always, Nicole!
hahaha you sound like me on a road trip when i almost miss the breakfast window of mcdonald’s. i friggen hate that feeling.
ok despite the fact that i’ve only had farro once i think and barely even remember what it tastes like, i am loving all of the flavors in here… coconut milk, roasted plums!! obvi almonds. i need to hop on this farro train… until i get to the grocery store though i might have to make a straight up oatmeal version of this!!
LOL! I almost referenced the whole McDonald’s breakfast window thing, because that is what it reminded me of! Although..I don’t think I’ve been to McDonald’s for breakfast in YEARS.
I have to say, I love the farro, because for whatever reason, it does not get gluey or gelatinous like oatmeal tends to get when it sits over time. You know? 🙂
Laughing about your near breakfast-missing-breakdown…..that totally sounds like me 🙂
I am one of those oatmeal & porridge people (although few things are better than runny eggs!). I must try this immediately!
It was a total breakdown! My friend probably doesn’t even WANT to remember it (pretty sure she thought I was crazy). Thanks friend!
Porridge is definitely my breakfast food of choice during this time of year. I love the choice of farro, almonds and the roasted plums add levels of decadence! This is just so classy.
Thank you so much! That is the best compliment! 🙂
First @Tieghan — yes you need to try porridge immediately.
Second, I have a stock pile of farro in my pantry right now AND I own a Vitamix. I think I know what I’ll be having for breakfast this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂
I have a stockpile of farro in my pantry as well–I bought a massive bag of it at Costco once and it has lasted forever!! Thanks Brittany! 🙂
I have never had porridge of any kind. Isn’t that horrible?? I need to change this right away because this looks so good!
You must try it! Similar to oatmeal, just different texture. But farro is a million times better than normal porridge! 🙂