And, over the years, full tummies has held me in good stead! Except for one, little, crucial recipe: Bircher-Muesli. I didn't use the rest of the recipes much in the Dairy Hollow House Cookbook, so I dutifully photocopied the muesli gem and took the cookbook to the used book store for trade. A few months went by....
....AAGGHH... where in the world is that recipe??!! Maybe I can find something similar on the web....
Real life interrupted my fruitless searching, and I moved on. Until this winter when I had the brilliant idea to check our local library: yep! They had the cookbook. I am now recording this amazing breakfast concoction in my trusty digital recipe box. It's a cold breakfast so we'll wait until warmer weather before indulging but it will be here when I need it!
[edited 1/15/13 to add that you can make this more than a day ahead of time up through mixing in the apples; it keeps just fine for an extra day or so--just gets a little softer]
~Dairy Hollow House Cookbook
- 2 c. oats
- 1 1/2 c. milk or water*
- 6 pitted prunes, quartered
- 6 pitted apricots, quartered
- 2 apples, grated [I use just one good-sized apple, unpeeled, and chopped fine in the food processor]
- 2-4 T. honey or maple syrup, to taste (I always use honey)
- 3 T. lemon juice
- 1/2 c. seedless green grapes, halved, optional
- 1/2 c. fresh pineapple, diced, optional
- 1/4 c. each ground toasted almonds, hazelnuts, and sesame seeds, optional
- 1/3 c. raisins, optional*
- 1-2 c. sliced fresh strawberries, optional
- 1 sliced banana, optional
- whipped cream, slightly sweetened or plain yogurt*
- The night before: pour water or milk over oats and refrigerate. Pour enough boiling water to cover over prunes and apricots, cover and refrigerate (a small ramekin works nicely for this).
- In the morning, drain prunes and apricots and combine with oat mixture. Mix the apples, honey, and lemon juice together and add to oat mixture. Stir in and/or garnish with any of the following ingredients, adding extra honey on top for those who need it.