Apples are one of my absolute favourite foods, I can always remember the first time I craved an apple instead of a bag of sweets – that was when I knew that my healthy eating habits where starting to stick! When I was young, the apple we usually had was a golden delicious. My Nana first introduced me to different variety of apples, her favourite being the small olive green coloured russet apples. Now, I adore pink lady, braeburns and jazz apples. Recently, I’ve also become enamoured by pears too.
I was very excited when Sainsburys asked if I would like to take part in their apple and pear challenge, I received an Orchard Assortment apple and pear box contain four different English apples and two different English pear varieties:
The apples included Jazz, Kanzi, Cameo and Royal Gala. The pears included Conference and Comice.
I’ve made a few different recipes with apples and pears before including my caramel apple cake and pear, ginger and dark chocolate cake, but I had never combined the two ingredients before. Although it may not feel like it in recent days, spring is fast approaching so I thought I’d create a simple spring breakfast and try something new – bircher muesli!
- 1 cup of porridge oats - I used Scottish but jumbo would also work well
- 1 cup natural yoghurt - I used Sainsbury's Low Fat Organic Yoghurt
- 3/4 cup of milk - I used unsweetened almond milk
- 1 firm pear - I used the Conference
- 2 apples - I used the Royal Gala and the Cameo
- 4 dried figs
- Extra apple, pear and dried figs to garnish
- Combine the oats, yoghurt and milk. Grate the apples and pears and mix in with the oaty mixture. Chop the dried figs and stir in. Leave in the fridge overnight before serving. Serve with additional slices of apple, pear and figs for decoration.
- This will give you 3 generous servings at around 330 calories each. The Bircher will last in the fridge, covered, for at least 3 days. It may separate with some apple and pear juice, but just stir it all together before serving.
Bircher muesli is basically a slightly posher version of overnight oats. As the oats are soaked in the milk and yoghurt, they thicken, swell up and become amazingly creamy. This soaking process, along with the beneficial bacteria in the yoghurt, makes the oats easier to digest.
The grated apple and pear give the muesli a delicate sweetness and the addition of the dried figs a more jammy tartness.
If it was a cold day, you could warm this gently on the stove, however I really enjoy it’s cool creaminess – perfect for spring or summer time!
You could also create this recipe with different fruits – personally I think its having some grated fruit in there that makes this work, but you could keep either the grated apple or pear and add a different accompaniment such as cherries, blueberries or raspberries.
Have you tried Bircher muesli before? What is your favourite variety of apple and pear?