Papas/Papinhas – Porridge


Papas/Papinhas – Porridge

Papas is a true comfort food!!

It can be made with corn starch, wheat flour as well as corn flour… It all depended on what was available at the time.
Made with flour we would call it Papa Grosso/ Thick Porridge
My grandmother would sometimes add a tablespoon of chocolate powder in mine…as well as sometimes an beaten egg into the mixture, so I always thought Iwas eating pudding!! lol
ps… My favorite was scraping the pan after she made it… such wonderful memories..



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2 cups of milk
1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
small pinch of salt

If you’re looking for a really good sauce pan, here’s a 2-quart pan with tapered edges that won’t drip when you pour from it. It’s stainless steel and can go in to the oven or under the broiler.


In a small bowl, mix together flour, sugar and salt. Leave aside
In saucepan add milk and over medium heat bring the milk to almost a boil. Then slowly add the flour mixture and whisk everything together. Continue to whisk until the mixture thickens and just begins to boil.
Pour the mixture on to two plates, let it cool for a few minutes.
Then sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon to taste!!

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12 thoughts on “Papas/Papinhas – Porridge”

  1. Priscilla Petruzzi

    Thank you ! I always wondered how my Grandmother made this. My sister and I were told she used Wheatina or Cream of Wheat, and maybe she did, but I have tried to get the same consistency of porridge with them, and there is always a texture, no matter how much milk I add or how long I cooked it. Maybe this is the recipe she actually used ! It was always so creamy and warm with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top !
    Regards …. Priscilla Petruzzi

    1. Funny, we had this same conversation with a relative who said it was made with corn starch. We always made it with the cream of wheat too!

  2. Love the ones made with the corn flour the best! I let it cook for a few minutes as my Mom always said that you had to “cook the flour” lol. I actually made some last week and it was delicious …. Comfort food for sure ❤️

  3. I love these papas the only thing different I do is boil the milk with a lemon ? peel and then remove it before adding the flour and sugar.

  4. My grandmother used to toast the flour a bit in the oven sometimes before making this, and also added some cocoa powder with sugar. it was the best comfort food❤️

  5. My mom made something very similar but used wheat-hearts and would add a dash of almond flavouring. Still it’s a favourite especially if sick.

  6. My grandmother would make this with flour. She then served it with added pancake, maple syrup or sugar on top. Delish.

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