I bake enough bread to buy flour in significant quantities; separately I buy oatmeal for quick low-effort breakfasts but don't generally use it for anything else. I would prefer to be buying just flour for both uses. I know that farina is a wheat porridge, but it's definitely sold as a different product from wheat flour, and I am not sure whether the differences are necessary for porridge-making.

Is it possible to make a breakfast porridge from ordinary all-purpose white or whole-wheat flour?

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Flour is much more finely ground than oatmeal. You can make 'porridge' with it, but it'll just be a smooth whitish goo. You might have slightly better results with whole wheat flour... It'll be more of a slightly grainy tan goo. Mmmmm.

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    It used to be used as wallpaper paste. Mmmmm.
    – Tetsujin
    Mar 3, 2020 at 7:30
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    To be fair, wallpaper paste is uncooked flour and water. Uncooked flour always tastes rank.
    – Spagirl
    Mar 3, 2020 at 12:12
  • Also to be fair, farina is a wheat-based porridge that is also much more finely ground than oatmeal (but still less than wheat flour), and it's entirely edible. Many maize-based porridges are also much more finely ground than oatmeal. Oatmeal is the source for the coarsest porridges I know of, except maybe rice-based porridges (which go entirely unground).
    – Vivian
    Mar 14, 2020 at 21:22
  • Farina is made from a different part of the wheat than flour is. It's not comparable in texture or uses, regardless of how it's ground.
    – Sneftel
    Mar 14, 2020 at 22:10

Romanian ciulama is pretty much wheat porridge with some meat. It is also pretty much flavor-free.

Source: I am Romanian.

  • I though ciulama is served with polenta? I.e. it is not itself a porridge, it's just chicken in white sauce.
    – Marti
    Mar 3, 2020 at 19:26

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