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Homemade Granola Recipe
August 10, 2009, 7:09 pm
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As previously mentioned, I have recently acquired a LARGE quantity of cookbooks. My first foray into cooking anything from them was the homemade granola recipe from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. I chose this largely because it was the simplest and most practical thing from the pile of books. Granola = good for breakfast. Huge layer cake? Awesome, but not so easy to bring for lunch at work.

It sounds silly, but I never realized how simple it is to make granola until I read this recipe. Really, it boils down to combining oats, sweeteners, and oil, baking it, adding nuts, bake some more, and adding dried fruit. Really? That’s actually quicker than going to the awesome bakery down the street to buy granola.

I adapted the recipe somewhat to fit the dried fruit and nuts that I had on hand. I wasn’t able to find golden raisins at multiple grocery stores, including Whole Foods. Perhaps this is a regional thing?

Easy Homemade Granola
Adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole almonds
1/3 cup cashews (I used cashews instead of hazelnuts since they were in the pantry.)
1/3 cup cranberries (I used cranberries instead of golden raisins, since I couldn’t find golden raisins and I think regular raisins are icky.)
1/3 cup dried cherries

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet with butter. (The recipe called for parchment paper, which I was out of. The butter worked well, and added a nice dessert-y pastrylike taste to the granola.)

In a large bowl, toss the oats with the cinnamon and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla until completely combined.

Pour the sugar/honey/etc mixture over the oats mixture and use your hands to combine them. Smoosh in your fists to make small clusters, but make sure you end up with a variety of these clumps and smaller clumps. Repeat until all of the oats are coated.

Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet. Spread it out evenly, leaving some clumps for variety in texture. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove, stir gently, and add almonds. Put it back into the oven.

Bake for 10 more minutes, then remove and stir again. Add cashews. Put it back into the oven one more time.

Bake for 10 more minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. After cooled, add dried fruits and place in an airtight container. It will keep for about 1 week.

Verdict: This recipe was a definite keeper. I will certainly make this again, especially after realizing how much cheaper this is than buying granola elsewhere!


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