I'm a sucker for things that come in pretty packages.
That's probably why I couldn't resist splurging on a box of Dorset Cereals muesli the first time I spotted the display in my local supermarket.
Thankfully, what's inside the box is just as tasty as the outside is pretty, and definitely worth every penny.
Unlike most store-bought cereals, Dorset's mueslis are chock-full of the good stuff, like big fat flame raisins, freeze-dried cherries, sweet dates, and giant chunks of brazil nuts.
I still make my own muesli when I can, mostly because I enjoy mixing and matching different flavours, but when life gets too busy Dorset is one of the only brands I'll buy.
As you might have guessed from the name, Dorset Cereals hail from the UK, but they’re doing a big launch of their line of mueslis and granolas here in Canada. I love that they don’t contain anything I wouldn't use myself - toasted oats, cereal flakes, nuts, seeds, and fruits. No preservatives, extra sweeteners or other unnecessary stuff.
They even put a percentage on their ingredients list so you can see exactly how much of each fruit, nut or seed is in your cereal. (For example, my box of Super Cranberry, Cherry and Almond Muesli says it contains 16% raisins, 13% sultanas, 6% dried cranberries, 5% flame raisins and 1% freeze dried cherries. That’s over 40% fruit!)
Most of the time, I keep it simple and eat their muesli with a splash of milk or sprinkle it onto some yogurt, but sometimes it's nice to change things up... especially if there's a prize to be won.
Granted, this easy buttermilk-based quick bread does take a little longer to bake up than it takes to fix a bowl of muesli, but it also makes enough breakfasts for an entire week. (Well, in theory. I may or may not have eaten half the loaf in one sitting. Diet? What diet?)
This lovely golden loaf is light and tender, not too sweet (but not too savoury, either) and dotted all over with delicious muesli bits. I quite like it just on its own, but it's also quite nice lightly toasted and spread with a little cream cheese. And, as is appropriate for a British cereal, it pairs wonderfully with a cup of strong black tea.
Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Dorset Cereals Canada. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep the cupboards in the Crumb kitchen fully stocked! All opinions, as always, are entirely my own.
- 1¾ cups flour
- 1 cup Dorset Cereals muesli
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup canola oil
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly oil a loaf pan and set aside.
- In a large bowl stir together flour, salt, baking powder, and other dry herbs or spices if using.
- In another bowl, lightly whisk together the eggs, oil, milk and sugar and other wet ingredients such as extracts if using.
- Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together just until combined.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean.