May 312013
 

White Chocolate and Berry Oatmeal Cookies | My Little Gourmet

If you’re a regular here, then you probably noticed that it was bit quiet around here last week. It’s definitely not because I’m out of recipe ideas; quite the contrary, I have too many ideas floating around in my head that I often can’t decide on which recipe to write about. No no, this lack of posting was due to a long flight and a little boy. That little boy, was of course, my little boy, and that long flight was a 13 hour flight from Seattle (our homeland) back to Berlin. It wasn’t so much the actual flight, but the time thereafter. You see, we visited home for a few weeks to see family and friends and really had a great time, but when we returned to Berlin, Arik didn’t seem to want to adapt back to our time zone. Turns out, toddlers and jet lag are not a pretty combo!

White Chocolate and Berry Oatmeal Cookies | My Little Gourmet

He decided to stay up the majority of the night and then sleep until about 3 pm during the day. I couldn’t really do much about it, since I would also end up sleeping during the day because I was just so tired from being up all night…go figure. Every day I was able to gain 1 or 2 hours back so in total it took about a week to get back on track. After numerous long nights I just couldn’t bring myself to cook and write and I was lacking daylight in order to photograph. 🙂 Now that we are finally back to our normal routine, the very first thing I needed were some homemade cookies…

White Chocolate and Berry Oatmeal Cookies | My Little Gourmet

Not just any old cookie though, no, after a week of eating pizza and easy pasta dishes, I needed a cookie with some substance. So I went with these oatmeal cookies with dried berries and, of course, some white chocolate. You can use any kind of dried berry and chocolate chips that you prefer. I ended up using a mixture of cranberries, cherries, and blueberries. The original recipe calls for strawberries, which I think would be really good, but unfortunately I couldn’t find them anywhere. Next on my list to try is cherries with dark chocolate chips. YUM! As you can see, just about anything will work so let your creative juices flow and get to bakin’!

White Chocolate and Berry Oatmeal Cookies | My Little Gourmet

On a side note, I would really appreciate it if you guys could head over to Circle of Moms and give me a vote in the top 25 foodie mom competition. You can vote once per day until June 4th and since I was entered a little late I could use all of the votes I can get! To vote, just click on this link, scroll down (a lot), and you will find me somewhere near the bottom. 🙂 Thank you all!!

White Chocolate and Berry Oatmeal Cookies | My Little Gourmet

White Chocolate Berry Oatmeal Cookies
 
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Serves: 12-15 cookies
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup/105g all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup/80g regular oats
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup/75g packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup/55g butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup/75 dried berries of choice, chopped if they are larger
  • ½ cup/75g white chocolate chunks
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉/175℃.
  2. In a medium bowl mix flour, oats, baking soda and salt together with a whisk.
  3. Put sugar and butter in a large bowl and beat on medium high speed until well-blended (about 3 minutes).
  4. Add vanilla and egg and beat well.
  5. Gradually stir in (by hand) the flour mixture, adding a little at a time.
  6. Once blended, add berries and chocolate chunks, and stir until combined.
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop dough balls about 2 in/5 cm apart.
  8. Bake in the oven for 8-11 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges.
  9. Remove cookies from oven, let cool for 5 minute on tray and then place on wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
* I used a mixture of cranberries, cherries and blueberries, but any dried berries will work. * These also taste great using dark chocolate chips or chunks.
 
 Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
 Posted by at 13:25
May 032013
 

Bircher Muesli | My Little Gourmet

Bircher Muesli was developed around 1900 by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Brenner for his patients and is still a very popular breakfast throughout Switzerland and Germany. The original recipe called for much more fresh fruit than grain and soaked the raw oats overnight since they took some time to soften. Nowadays, a soak time of 30-60 minutes seems to suffice when using quick oats, although I still prefer to prepare it the night before so that we don’t have to wait for our breakfast in the mornings.

Bircher Muesli | My Little Gourmet

Arik likes to not only eat the muesli for breakfast, but also in the afternoon as a snack. As far as toppings go, you can use just about anything your heart desires for fruit and nuts. We like to alternate between blueberries, strawberries, nectarines, hazelnuts, sesame seeds, and toasted coconut. And of course, no muesli is complete for Arik, without raisins, which we add the night before so that they are nice and soft.

Bircher Muesli | My Little Gourmet

Keep in mind, when using rolled or old-fashioned oats, they will require a longer soak time than quick oats. I also like the texture to be quite mushy (sorry…), so this recipe uses quite a bit of liquid and yogurt. If you prefer a thicker texture just decrease the amount of milk and yogurt.

Bircher Muesli | My Little Gourmet

If you and your kids like oatmeal and yogurt, you will love bircher muesli. It’s the perfect summer-time breakfast, and not only really easy to make, but healthy too!

Bircher Muesli | My Little Gourmet

 

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Bircher Muesli
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups/150g rolled or quick oats
  • 1¾ cups/420ml milk
  • ¼ cup/60ml apple juice
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 apple, cored and grated with the peel
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • 1½ cups/375g plain yogurt
  • A dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • Toppings : your favorite fresh and/or dried fruit, nuts, toasted coconut, etc.
  • Our favorites: blueberries, strawberries, raisins and hazelnuts
Instructions
  1. Combine oats, milk, apple juice and lemon juice and let sit overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. In the morning add the grated apple, honey (to taste), yogurt, and cinnamon, if desired, and mix well.
  3. Top with your favorite fruits and nuts.
Notes
* If you are short on time in the mornings, you can add the grated apple the night before to save a few minutes.

 

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