An apple a day keeps the…

October 4th 2017
By: Melanie Hollidge
An apple a day keeps the…

With English apples in season it is easy to make up a Bircher Muesli and this delicious cold oat dish is really tasty as well as really healthy and filling.  It was developed around 1900 by the Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Brenner for his patients. It is still a very popular breakfast throughout Switzerland and Germany and has become more and more popular in the UK.
The original recipe suggested using more fresh fruit than grain and soaked the raw oats overnight since they took some time to soften. With quick oats you do not need to soak the oats overnight, a soak time of 30-60 minutes is more than long enough. Oats have long been known to lower cholesterol levels. But if a bowl of cooked oatmeal is not your thing a Bircher is the perfect way to start your day.
To Serve 4 to 6 people you will need:
2 cups/150g rolled or quick oats
2 cups/60ml apple juice
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 apple, cored and grated with the peel
1-2 tablespoons honey
1½ cups/375g plain yogurt
A dash of cinnamon (optional)
You can top the Bircher with whatever your favourite fresh and/or dried fruit or nuts are.
To make you simply combine the oats, apple juice and lemon juice and let sit overnight in the fridge (if you are using rolled oats).In the morning grate in the apple, add honey (to taste), yogurt, and cinnamon, if desired, and mix well. Top with your favourite fruits and nuts.