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Christmas spiced bircher

Christmas spiced bircher
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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 cups wholegrain oats

1½ cups diced 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.

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New Zealand Woman's Weekly food editor Jo Wilcox serves up tasty and easy to make dishes that your friends and family will love.

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