|Not the most attractive food photo, but it is yummy, trust me!|
I was a late comer to the muesli bandwagon. As I've written previously there are some things that I rashly decided as a child I didn't like. Pesto, parmesan, beetroot and muesli were all on that list. Luckily I've worked out how wrong I was on each of those fronts, but the turning point for me on muesli was the first time I had bircher muesli.
It was the kind of experience that could go very, very wrong. To start with it was very early in the morning and I was in an airport. Hardly the location one expects for a tastebud changing experience. But there I was, in need of breakfast. I wanted something healthy but it also needed to be hearty, I had a long day ahead of me. That is right healthy and hearty in an airport. I scanned menus and finally chose the bircher muesli despite my muesli prejudice because it was served with a warm rhubarb and raspberry compote and it was by far the healthiest thing there. Oh what a revelation. Since then I've been happily on the muesli bandwagon, these days I even make my own.
Generally I just enjoy my muesli quickly mixed through some yogurt in the morning, but if I think ahead the night before, I like to treat myself to some bircher muesli. Bircher muesli is how muesli was designed to be eaten. Rather than a cruchy, chewy breakfast, the long soaking time softens all the ingredients and actually releases a lot of the natural goodness of the oats. Traditionally the oats are soaked in a mix of fruit juice and yogurt with the apple mixed in just before serving, however I prefer to omit the juice and mix in the apple from the start. There are many recipes out there, but this is mine:
1/2 apple grated
4-5 tablespoons untoasted muesli
3ish tablespoons natural yogurt
Mix everything together, refrigerate overnight, serve with stewed fruit if you have some to hand and eat with gusto!
P.S. The quantities are a bit vague because it really depends how much you like to eat for breakfast. You just want a decent balance between the apple and muesli and for everything to be nicely covered in yogurt.