Gruya (Almond Barley Gruel)

(4 servings)

  • 8 cups almond milk (found in most health stores)
  • 2 cups cooked barley - mashed
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
In a large sauce pan, bring the almond milk to a boil. Add the mashed barley and stir well. Bring mixture to a boil stirring constantly. Allow to boil no more that 30 seconds.

Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in the remaining ingredients. Allow mixture to simmer for at least 10 minutes before serving.

In 14th Century France, while Louis the Pious and Charlemagne were having all sorts of meats and pastry for breakfast, a great many others were settling for this simpler fare - sometimes also spelled "Gruyau".

Mr Breakfast would like to thank Mr Breakfast for this recipe.

Recipe number 1239. Submitted 5/5/2004.