good morning muesli

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? I’m not the best breakfast-eater out there, I tend to skip breakfast more often than not. But I do have favorite breakfast foods, among the top ten is muesli. What the heck is muesli?

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Muesli is a cereal developed by the Swiss, packed full of energy, so you can swish around the Alps on skis… or something. Unlike granola, muesli is based on raw rolled oats with other ingredients including grains, fresh or dried fruits, seeds and nuts, mixed with milk or yogurt.

This recipe is my version of one that I discovered as a kid, in a fantastic tome called “Self-sufficiency for Children“. I remember purchasing this book at a used book sale when I was about nine-years-old. I had no idea what the title meant, I was baffled by the metric measurements (the book was from the UK, I came to learn), but I was super-fascinated with all the DIY instructions and recipes, plus it’s gorgeous pen and ink illustrations!

muesli recipe | sagebrousseau.comgood morning muesli | sagebrousseau.comThere are probably a million combinations you can come up with, but here is my favorite for a good, hearty breakfast:

Good Morning Muesli (one serving)

  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats (raw)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped raw almonds
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple, diced with skin on
  • 6 oz. vanilla yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. honey, or to taste

Traditionally, muesli was prepared by soaking the oats in milk or fruit juice first. This is an optional step, and not necessary. Anyway, I prefer to combine all the ingredients in a bowl and enjoy it right away! Occasionally, if I don’t have yogurt on hand, I will eat muesli with milk just like regular dry cereal.

 

 

apple cider donuts

Despite what the thermometer reads today, it is Fall in New England and that means it’s apple cider season!

Apple Cider Donuts

The onset of Autumn weather instantly fills me with a sense of nostalgia, I suddenly crave sweaters, bonfires, and apple cider. Of course apple cider is especially delightful served hot, but in my opinion the best way to consume cider is in donut form! Temptation got the best of me recently and I bought a donut pan… I know, now I have no excuse but to make and eat donuts all the time. Well, maybe not. But it is a lot of fun making your favorite treats at home.

ingredients

I can’t say these donuts are quite as satisfying as the true, fried variety, but they are tasty and you can bake these up at home and feel slightly less guilty when you polish off one (or more) with your morning coffee, or a glass of milk.

Ingredients:

yield: one dozen (this recipe can easily be cut in half)

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp soft unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • for topping (optional):
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (or to taste)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325. Spray two donut pans with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. In another smaller bowl, blend the eggs, buttermilk, apple cider and butter. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just blended. Batter will be thick.

Spread batter into prepared donut pan. You want to fill each donut mold about 3/4th of the way full. Place donuts in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes until fluffy and slightly golden. Invert donuts onto a cooling rack, and let cool while you prepare the cinnamon sugar topping.

Place melted butter in a small dish and cinnamon sugar on a larger dish. Brush each donut with the melted butter then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Delish!

bite of donut