A fruity muesli is a lovely way to start Christmas Day. It can be made ahead and the oaty goodness will stand you in good stead for a long day of fun festivities.
I love my bircher with lots of texture so have used wholegrain oats, but if you prefer it smoother, use instant or crushed oats.
- 2 cupswholegrain oats
- 1½ cupsdiced dried fruit – I used ½ cup each diced apricots, goji berries and cranberries
- 1 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice
- 1 cup fruit juice
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup runny yoghurt + extra if needed
- 2 red apples, grated
- ¼ cup lemon or orange juice
- Combine the oats, dried fruits, cinnamon, juice, water and yogurt and mix well. Cover and chill overnight (this makes the oats swell and absorb all the flavours).
- The next day grate the apple and toss with the lemon or orange juice – to prevent browning. Combine the apple with the oats and add extra yoghurt to the desired consistency.
- Serve with fresh berries and pistachio nuts, drizzle with honey if desired. Serve in little glasses or a large jar and let your guests help themselves.
Looking for more Christmas recipes? Take a look at this easy Christmas cake here.
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"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author