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Christmas spiced bircher recipe

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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
  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

About Jo Wilcox

"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

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