Muesli makes breakfast to swoon for



Swiss Muesli

4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)

2 cups milk

2 cups fat-free half-and-half

1/3 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup honey

1 medium apple, peeled, cored and grated

1 medium pear, peeled, cored and grated

2 tablespoons lemon juice

3/4 cup raisins, soaked for 15 minutes in warm water

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

1 cup sugar

Dash of cinnamon

1–2 cups fresh berries and diced fresh fruit (blueberries, strawberries, bananas, melon, etc.)

1. Mix the oatmeal, milk, half-and-half, cream and honey in a large bowl; cover and refrigerate overnight.

2. Combine the grated apple and pear, mix with the lemon juice, add to oatmeal mixture.

3. Add the yogurt, sugar and cinnamon; stir thoroughly.

4. Gently fold in the raisins and fruit.

5. Store covered in refrigerator.

The vistas were great, all sky and cloud and endless horizon. And the sea was a tapestry of colors I’d never even seen before, dancing between turquoise and teal, aqua and dusky blue. I could gaze at it for days.

Plus, there were the lush, mountainous islands of the eastern Caribbean, the fulfillment of all my Jim Hawkins dreams, and the seashells.

But when I went on a Christmas cruise with my parents and brother several years ago, I mainly was interested in breakfast.

It’s a cruise cliché, I know, but this muesli! I swooned for it. It catapulted into the pantheon of Delicious Things I Ate One Time.

On every Holland America ship, only at breakfast, passengers are offered muesli among the many, many breakfast buffet items. Honestly, it doesn’t look that inspiring — a tub of oatmeal with fruit in it.

One bite, though, and I became absolutely insufferable to my family. I talked about it through the day. I pondered aloud its possible ingredients. Normally an early riser, I rose even earlier with one consuming thought: Muesli!

“Go back to sleep,” grumbled my grouchy brother, with whom I was sharing a cabin.

“Muesli!” I chirped.

I didn’t know what made it so delicious. It was amazingly creamy, just the right amount of sweet and filled with fresh fruit. I ate heaping bowls of it every morning.

Back home, I ate enough oatmeal to paralyze a draft horse in my quest to recreate the recipe. I got closer and closer, until I finally had what I thought was the recipe. And it is so good.

Of course, when I Googled the Holland America muesli several days ago, I found the recipe on its website.

Whatever. Mine’s better.


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