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Breakfast Muesli 17 June 2010

Posted by uggclogs in Baking, Cooking, Happiness, Vietnam.
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I love me a bit of cereal in the morning. But growing up on Kellogg’s Cornflakes has now made me less appreciative of it. Too much of a good thing, I suppose. So my ideal breakfast now (when I have time) is a big bowl of fruit, fresh yoghurt on top, sprinkled with chunkey, healthy Muesli, and lightly criss crossed with honey.

In Vietnam, though, I have learnt that Muesli is not a commodity, but a luxury. A small bag of the stuff will easily cost in the range of 15-20 dollars. Fruit, on the other hand, is plentiful and cheap. And the local yoghurt! My goodness, you cannot pass up on Cafe 252 (also known as Catherine Deneuve’s regular hangout when she was here filming ‘Indochine’, and can be found in 252 Hang Bong, Hanoi) homemade yoghurt. It is fresh, tangy, and with no added sugar!

And honey is sold everywhere here.

Which brings me back to the Muesli. I now make my own. A point to make, though, is that a lot of Muesli calls for oil to bind the ingredients together, to get that clumping effect. Luckily, I have learnt from the Baking Bites blog that you can often replace oil with apple sauce (in cakes, you can replace about half, in Muesli, you can replace all) and it will still give you the same desired effect. But slighly healthier.

So here’s my recipe (modified from Baking Bites, but ingredients change depending on what I can find)

Apple-tastic Muesli

4 cups of rolled oats (or, if in a pinch, porridge oats)
2 cups bran
1 cup of dessicated coconut
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar (brown if you have)
3/4 cup of plain apple sauce (home made is ok)
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp of vanilla or almond extract

chopped nuts or seeds, like pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, +++ (at least one cup)
chopped, dried fruit, like dried pineapple, sultanas, paw paw, star fruit, +++ (at least one cup)

– Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl (except for the dry fruit, which should only be added after baking).
– Mix all the wet ingredients in another bowl (count sugar as a wet ingredient).
– Combine the two, stir well to wet all the dry ingredients.
– Place mixture in a baking dish, and place in an oven at 200 C.
– When the mixture starts going slightly brown (10 minutes), spoon it over to do the other side. Do this until the mixture is quite dry and roasted.
– Cool the mixture, mix in the chopped fruit, and voila!