My mom used to make granola for us kids when we were young, a fact I never appreciated until I was much older. She had a good recipe that she passed on to my brother, who passed it on to me at some point, and then I lost it. When my copy of Baked: New Frontiers in Baking arrived, I was happy to see in its chapter on breakfast a recipe for homemade granola that looked really good. Yesterday I went out and bought the ingredients for it and made a batch.
Easy Homemade Granola, page 47 of Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
2 cups of rolled oats (I assumed it meant whole oats, so that's what I used)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp + 1 tsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup whole almonds
1/3 cup whole hazelnuts
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup dried cherries (I cannot for the life of me find these anywhere around here, so I substituted dried cranberries)
1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment (or a silicone baking mat).
2. In a large bowl, toss together the oats, cinnamon and salt.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, oil, vanilla, and sugar until completely combined.
4. Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture. Use your hands to combine well (or use a spoon, as I did), making sure the oats are completely coated with the honey mixture.
5. Spread evenly onto baking sheet.
6. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from oven and flip with a spatula. Sprinkle on the almonds. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from oven, flip, and sprinkle on the hazelnuts. Bake for a further 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.
7. Let cool completely. Sprinkle on raisins and cherries. Break up granola with hands and put into an airtight container. According to the recipe, it'll keep for a week.
This tastes amazing! Almost too amazing - it's almost like candy! In fact, it's almost like apple crumble topping, which of course is the best part of apple crumble. I doubt this will be sticking around these parts for a week!