Breakfasting with Beer: Bircher Muesli

Bircher Muesli BerriesSometimes a celebratory breakfast is in order – Easter, Christmas day, a special milestone in life’s journey, you’ve just completed a fun run and burned a mazillion calories, or you’re simply on holidays and indulging in life’s pleasures. And, maybe, champagne’s just not your style.

Last year, I did a compilation of beer and breakfast food pairings for drunkenspeculation.com and to kick off the pairing recommendations for The Beer Drinker’s Table (and to get some content up) I thought I’d re-post. That, and I’m a bit chuffed with how the majority of combinations turned out.

Each breakfast was prepared with a particular flavour or style of beer in mind and while I only tested each dish with one beer, I recommended some other beers that should work just as well.

First cab off the rank was Bircher Muesli with Cinnamon Pears, Honey and Berries which I paired with Waldo, a collaboration brew from Bridge Road and Edge Brewing. Waldo is a berry saison with no fewer than five types of berries added – mulberries, blueberries, Lockness berries, raspberries and Waldoberries.

The Recipe

Bircher Muesli with Cinnamon Pears, Honey & Berries | Serves 2

What you need:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup grated Granny Smith apple
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 40g sultanas (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 heaped tablespoons flaked almonds
  • 1/2 cup natural yoghurt
  • 2 pear halves (I used tinned)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Honey, to serve
  • Mixed berries, to serve

What to do:

  1. Soak the oats and grated apple in the apple juice overnight.
  2. Put the pear halves in a small saucepan along with some of the juice from the tin. Warm over a low heat. Sprinkle in the cinnamon and turn pears to coat them evenly.
  3. Grab the soaked oats from the fridge and stir in the sultanas, almonds and natural yoghurt. Serve up mixture into two bowls. Top with warmed pear halves, drizzle with honey and sprinkle with berries.

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The Match-Up

Waldo presents a strong aroma of the berries within but with a touch of the funkiness you’d expect of a saison. It’s cloudy with a head similar to that of bubbly and worked well served in champagne glasses. This added to the freshness of both the beer and the dish being served.

To taste, it had an understated bitterness, a touch of funkiness and mild tartness, with very little sweetness to speak of; quite dry on the palate and very refreshing. The berries atop the Bircher bolstered the berry flavours in the beer while the light tartness of the saison helped to break up the starchy sweetness of the oats, yoghurt, pears and honey.

Other Recommendations

  • Marin Brewing Bluebeery Ale
  • Lindemans Framboise
  • Any other light, refreshing beer with a robust fruity profile, mild hopping and delicate malt profile
* This article was originally posted as part of drunkenspeculation.com‘s Breakfast Beer Week.

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