Muesli:

Fellow blogger, M-R, mentioned that she’d like a recipe about muesli. I’ve copied the basic recipe out, but if anyone would like any from the list at the end, I’m very happy to copy more. Today I am going to quote from this wonderful book I bought back in the early 1970s when I was living in Zurich, as it has been my standby for all of that time. It is: ‘ Eating Your Way to Health’, Ruth Bircher, Translated by Claire Loewenfeld, published by Faber 1961.

All the Year Round

The original recipe for Muesli, worked out by Dr. Bircher-Benner, should be considered a prescription rather than a recipe. If closely followed it will not only provide the best balance of essential nutrients, but experience has shown that people will not become tired of it, if regularly taken once or twice a day- something which may easily happen if richer and more elaborate versions are offered.

Any apple which is juicy, tart and white fleshed is recommended…  I am omitting varieties, as these will vary according to where you are living. Mixing varieties is recommended.

Later on in the seasons, when home-grown apples tend to become dry and tasteless, their flavour can be improved by the addition, just before serving, of some freshly-grated orange or lemon peel, orange juice or rose hip puree.

Basic Recipe

Note: Before any of the following Muesli recipes can be prepared, the rolled oats or oatmeal must be soaked beforehand for 12 hours. It is not necessary to soak the quick-cooking varieties if they have to be used. They are, however, not so valuable since heating processes have been used in their manufacture. The less heat a cereal has undergone, the greater will be its value.

 1D APPLE MUESLI

Ingredients:  Per person:

1 level tablespoon rolled oats (or 1   1 tablesp. Sweetened condensed

desertsp. Medium oatmeal)                   milk

soaked for 12 hours in 3                         1 large apple (or 2-3 small ones

tablesp. water                                            about 7 oz./ 84g. in weight)

1 tablesp. Lemon juice                             1 tablesp. Grated hazelnuts or

almonds

 Method:

  1. Mix lemon juice and condensed milk to a smooth cream.
  2. Add to oats, stirring thoroughly.
  3. Wash apples, wipe with cloth and remove tops, stalks and any blemishes.
  4. Using a two way or Bircher grater, grate apple into mixture, stirring frequently to prevent discolouring.
  5. Sprinkle nuts over the finished dish and serve immediately.

Note: 1-2 tablesp. Water or orange juice can be added if required, depending on the variety of apple used and the length of time they have been in store.

This basic recipe gives the idea, and there are many variations such as:

2D APPLE MUESLI WITH NUT CREAM OR ALMOND PUREE

3D APPLE MUESLI WITH YOGHOURT

4D APPLE MUESLI WITH CREAM

5D MUESLI MADE WITH SOFT OR STONE FRUIT

6D MUESLI MADE FROM FRUIT MIXTURES

7D MUESLI MADE FROM DRIED FRUITS

 NOTE: Apricots and plums should be avoided by anyone suffering from gastric and intestinal complaints.

D stands for diet.

 

 

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16 thoughts on “Muesli:

  1. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

    Barbara you are quite right. I never become tired of Bircher muesili. Every morning I have a serve and feel good for the rest of the day. I buy it from my coffee shop at the moment and every so often I think I will save some money and not have it but I am craving it by breakfast. Perhaps I’ll have to make your recipe so I can have it two meals a day.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Irene, so pleased you too are an addict! I shall post some of the other recipes to give some variety. The condensed milk surprised me too in this one, as I haven’t had this recipe for years.

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  2. M-R

    This is wonderful, Ba dear ! – and I can only wonder about how many servings of it Stringer and I would consume at a sitting during the time we spent in glorious Hamburg !! (I’d guess around four, each, per sitting !).
    I’m a bit taken aback by the sweetened condensed milk: I shall now look it up in terms of calorific intake: I hope 1 tbsp of it won’t mean I can’t eat for the rest of the day … 😉
    THANK-YOU, you clever and kind person !!!

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Tomorrow I’ll post another recipe without the condensed milk, it might be better. These recipes were/are? used in the Bircher- Benner Clinic in Zurich, so I can imagine the effectiveness has been well tested and documented in good Swiss fashion!

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