Sunday, 12 May 2013

Simple granola

I’ve finally managed to make granola that does not a) taste like charcoal, b) feel like chewing a mouthful of pebbles or c) resemble a bowl of soggy newspaper pulp.


Granola is a tricky fiend; waiting in shadows to fool unassuming victims with images of golden oat clusters. However, after many attempts... sweet, sweet success! Granola that is both crispy and clumpy, not too sweet and with just the right amount of crunch (I know clumpy isn’t usually a word reserved for delicious foodstuffs, but those clusters are so satisfying).

Considering all my failed attempts, granola is really not as hard to make as it may seem. The key is finding a recipe with the right balance of oil to sugar, and keeping a very close eye on the granola while it’s baking.

Recipe adapted from chow.com.

Simple Granola

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup rice krispie cereal
  • 1/4 cup bran (the ingredient, not the cereal)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup (I used a combination of both)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 300°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix together all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • In a small sauce pot, combine the honey or syrup, vegetable oil and brown sugar.
  • Stir over low heat until the sugar has mostly dissolved and the mixture is just beginning to bubble at the side of the pot. Do NOT boil!
  • Stir in the vanilla.
  • Pour the hot mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Spread granola on the cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Pull out the cookie sheet and give the granola a good mix with a spatula. Turn the oven off and return the granola to the oven for 10-15 minutes more – check often and remove once it begins turning golden brown.
  • Remove pan from the oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container – it will last for at least a week (I can’t say how much longer...mine was gone in a few days!)

7 comments:

  1. Looks like you hit the granola out of the park! The texture looks wonderful and your pictures are gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks Christin! It definitely took a few tries, but it's so satisfying when you finally get it right (not to mention the kitchen smells awesome afterwards)

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  2. Clumpy is EXACTLY how I like my granola! It looks deliiiicious!

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    1. Thanks :) The clumps are the best part! Although I hear some people are a fan of the granola 'crumbs'... sounds crazy :)

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  3. I totally agree Em! Granola is waaay tricky to get right - it's so finicky.

    PS - I love that you used krispie cereal in yours!

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    1. The rice krispie cereal definitely helps create the right crunchy, granola-y texture without breaking your teeth! The bran in this recipe also helped with the texture a lot too - it kind of glues everything together.

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  4. Sounds like making granola is like baking- fun but tricky to get the exact measurements right. Your's looks great!

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