Tuesday, August 3, 2010


It means stew, or pottage, and it's derived from an Old English word meaning moose. (Go figure.) In Switzerland, it's a popular breakfast cereal based on uncooked rolled oats, fruit and nuts. My friend's mother, who was from Switzerland, introduced me to this yummy stuff when I was about 11. I found a recipe about 2 years ago, and make it often.

You need rolled oats, (I used the old-fashioned kind that take 5 minutes to cook) milk, yogurt, raisins, apples, bananas, blueberries (or three other fruits; I use these three) and nuts. Oh, and a little citrus juice and maple syrup or honey.

3 cups of oats go into a bowl, and you pour 1 1/2 cups of milk over them.

They sit for about half an hour; usually enough time to start the coffee, start a load of wash, let the dogs out, then back in, feed them, let them out again, and put 1/4 c of raisins in 1/4 c of hot water. They sit for 15 minutes. (Kind of a psychedelic photo, doncha think?)

While the oats and raisins are soaking, cut up a banana; I usually cut it in half lengthwise, and then slice it into 1/4 inch slices.

Grate three apples; the original recipe calls for them to be peeled, but, I figure, the more fiber the merrier.

Pour 1/4 c orange juice and 2T lemon juice over the bananas and apples.

I have used all orange or all lemon, but the mixture of the two seems "brighter," if that makes sense. Mix the fruit with the juices; the juices will slow down the process of the fruit turning brown, while it gives it that nice flavor.

When the oats are done soaking, pour in 1/4 c honey or maple syrup; I use the syrup.

It's not as sweet, if you can imagine that, and has a more mellow taste. I tried to get by with just 2T today, but I had to use the full amount. I'm such a conformist! This is also the time to add 6T plain yogurt.

I use Greek yogurt; this container is just 6 ounces, or 6 T, so, in it went. It isn't my favorite brand; this one is, but the one in my hand is the one I had available. Stir this all together.

Drain the raisins. Toss them into the mix. Add 1 c blueberries and 1/2 cup chopped nuts (any kind; I like almonds.) Stir gently together. I like this best with hot coffee, in my chair out on the deck, while listening to the birds sing. Your mileage may vary!


Julee said...

Yummy! I'm a fruit (blueberries - 'cause I'm such a conformist!) shy of it being on my breakfast table in the morning.

Melody said...

Julee--You can add any fruit, although blueberries do seem to "make" birchermuesli. But I've read about grapes or mangoes. I've also read about adding cinnamon...which makes sense.

Angie said...

Thanks, Melody; guess what's for breakfast here tomorrow? :) I'm always looking for new ways to serve oats. . .

Glenda said...

Yum! Will have to try this too sometime when I get up and feel motivated. ;-)

Julee said...

The Birchermuesli has been made, blueberries and all. I did run into a couple of problems. 1) The rotten kids drank all of my orange juice so I substitutes fresh squeezed grapefruit juice from our tree out back and 2) I had problems with the blueberries in particular leaping into my mouth ahead of going into the mix.