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.
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
- Mix lemon juice and condensed milk to a smooth cream.
- Add to oats, stirring thoroughly.
- Wash apples, wipe with cloth and remove tops, stalks and any blemishes.
- Using a two way or Bircher grater, grate apple into mixture, stirring frequently to prevent discolouring.
- 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.