Peasant Breakfast

I first read about this in a historical cookbook, and have tried it on a few occasions. While this used to be peasant food, I find the variety of ingredients not as cheap these days. This one will surprise you, but you have to play with it. There is no “right” way to do it. Remember, this is old, probably from the Middle Ages. You have to make it the night before you want to serve it.

  • dried grain cereals (oatmeal, wheat, rice, etc.)
  • dried fruit (the wider the variety, the more fun this is)
  • nuts (again, the more the merrier)
  • milk or cream — or a blend of both

Take a bowl — think of how much of this cereal mixture you will want to have in the morning — and layer in the dried cereals, fruits and nuts. Whatever you have. Fill the bowl about half way full. Pour milk or cream over the dry layers. You’ll want enough milk to rehydrate the dry ingredients. They’ll expand, so fill the milk up to the line where you want to find it in the morning. Cover with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator.

In the morning, you can eat this cold or warmed. If it is not sweet enough, add sweetener of your choice: honey, maple syrup, etc.

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