On Line Cookbook

Gruel (Fancy)

Recipe Information
From The American Frugal Housewife, by Mrs. Child, 1833.

  • 1 pint water, boiling
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup (175 ml) cold water
  • 3 to heaping 4 tbsp (60 ml) oatmeal (not instant), rye flour or corn (Indian) meal
  • sprinkle of salt
  • raisins (optional)
  • sugar to taste (optional)
  • nutmeg (optional)
  • Have a pint of water boiling in a skillet.
  • Stir up three or four large spoonfuls of nicely sifted oatmeal, rye or cornmeal in cold water.
  • Pour it into the skillet while the water boils.
  • Let it boil eight to ten minutes.
  • Throw in a large handful of raisins to boil, if the patient is well enough to bear them.
  • When put in a bowl, add a little salt, white sugar and nutmeg.
This is almost too fancy to be called "gruel", the traditional food of orphans and other extremely poor children and families.