Saturday, August 08, 2009

Birchermüesli - an Interpretation

Antipo Déesse has asked for the recipe for Birchermüesli. No doubt, a charming lady's wish shall be my command.

Birchermüesli had been invented by Maximilian Oskar Bircher-Benner, who was a Swiss physician and pioneer of whole food. He postulated eating raw fruit, raw vegetables and nuts instead of meat and white bread. He was truly a bit revolutionary for the late 19th century. Dr. Bircher's original recipe goes:
  • 1 tablespoon rolled oats, soaked in 2–3 tablespoons water for 12 hours
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon condensed milk
  • 200 grams apple (about one large, preferably a sour variety), finely grated and mixed with the above directly before serving
  • optionally top with 1 tablespoon ground hazelnuts or almonds

I've slightly modified this recipe to my preferences. I usually start with some yoghurt.

This could be plain or with fruits. If it's plain, you might add some sugar too. Fruit yoghurt has usually already sugar in it. Some people use cream or whipped cream, but i.m.h.o. it tastes so much fresher with yoghurt.

Then I add plenty of finely cut seasonal fruits and berries. Today I took blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, apricots, nectarines and bananas. You might also add some lemon juice. Then the fruits don't oxidate.

You can use whatever fruits you like. However, grated apples are mandatory. Use a sour variety when possible. Some slobs do not grate the apples but finely cut them. This is definitely not my thing. I like my muesli to be smooth.


I add the cereal flake mix only right before serving. I like my muesli not only to be smooth but also crunchy at the same time. I use a mix with no added sugar and no dried fruits.

Serve and enjoy. It goes well with a piece of bread and butter and a coffee with milk. If you like to have your food with some wine, Toño recommends a Moscato d'Asti.


Mickle in NZ said...

Dear Urs and Darling Antipo-

Love, love, love this recipe. Too bad my dodgy innards have a "hissy fit" over rolled oats etc.

Dear Ones - you'll just have to eat double sized servings for me,

Enjoy, sending love and care to you each and both,

Mickle xxxx

Mr. Urs said...

@Mickle... But I hope you would join us for the Moscato d'Asti.

Pilgrim said...

It looks as if it had been eaten one time before.*lol*

Mr. Urs said...

@Pilgrim... Then you've never seen (or smelled or eaten) Labskaus. That's far worse.

Mickle in NZ said...

Dear Mr. Urs - of course I'd join you and Antipo for that. I will, once again, drool from afar.

Urs - so you know that Antipo is a super brilliant cook? as well as being a divinely beautiful being?? Yep -thought so!!!!!

Mr. Urs said...

@Mickle... Word came through about Antipo's many skills. Unfortunately, we never enjoyed the pleasure to dine at Chez Antipo.

P.S. Toño & I heavily plot to be in Paris on September 17 to celebrate Toño's birthday :)

Randy said...

That sounds great man. I love healthy food that tastes good. However, this makes me want to go to the bathroom just looking at it...

Antipo Déesse said...

Thank you Urs, this sounds lovely!

Shall we see if we can meet up for dinner or drinky poos in Paris next month?

Email me for my phone number!

Expat Traveler said...

Oh that looks heavenly.. I must try that...