Leave it to the Swiss to come up with a summer staple you can easily whip up for backyard brunches, showers and picnics. When hunting for menu ideas for a mid-morning baby shower I threw a few weeks ago, my half-Swiss co-host thought her birchermÃ¼esli (pronounced beer-ker-mew-slee) would be a nice addition to all the croissants, tarts and quiches we planned to buy at a local bakery. To be honest, I wasnâ€™t 100% sure what it was, but the word alone sure sounded yummy. (Anything with an umlaut automatically tastes good, doesnâ€™t it?) In plain English, itâ€™s simply fresh fruit mixed with soaked oatmeal, which gives it a bit of substance and makes it more of a meal. — Ginny F.
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Place in a bowl:â€¨1 1/2 tablespoons of rolled oats, per person
â€¨Milk, enough to cover oatsâ€¨
Let soak, preferably overnight. Note: If you are in a hurry, you donâ€™t need to soak it.
Mix together with oatmeal:
Juice from one lemon
Apple, with skin, grated
Seasonal fruit, cut up
The recipe called for oranges, bananas and pineapple, but we opted for mixed berries and grapes instead.
Before serving, sprinkle some extra fruit and/or fresh mint on top for presentation.