Make a batch of bircher muesli and it will bring you breakfast joy for a week. A good trick if you want some sweetness and have some frozen or fresh blueberries is to heat them up in a pan with a little lime juice or water and they become a sweet and bright blueberry compote in seconds.
As a bit of a sucker for all things wellness, I swear by oats in the morning, no matter the weather, no matter the day of the week, and when the weather is warm Bircher is an obvious trade for porridge.
The original recipe uses apples whereas I prefer my Bircher with conference pears because they are sweeter.
Remember to use very fresh milk if you’re planning on a batch lasting you a while.
Makes about 7 reasonable portions
For the Bircher:
300g rolled oat
2 large pears (skins on)
300ml fresh milk
180ml apple/ orange juice
180g Sultanas/ Raisins/ Dried Apricots
1 orange (zest and juice)
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
2 heaped teaspoons ground ginger and/or cinnamon (grated fresh ginger will also work)
For the Blueberries
1 handful blueberries
2 tablespoons water
½ lime (juiced)
Add all of the ingredients to a airtight container
Stir well and leave in fridge for a few hours or overnight
(After a few days it may need a good stir and some more oats to soak up any excess liquid)
In a small pan heat the blueberries, water and juice up to a high heat
Leave the water to bubble for 1 minute and turn then down the heat
After a blueberries are cooked and the liquid has formed a syrupy consistency remove from the heat
Serve your bircher with whatever you fancy, I like yogurt, a handful of nuts and a wedge of lime