January 14, 2008

Granola? More like Fantastanola!

Granola is seriously addictive. The dangerous part though, is that it’s inconspicuously addictive. When I make it, I put it in a tupperware container in the cupboard and somehow it just disappears. I pretend like I don’t know how it happens, but I do. Every time I go into the kitchen I grab a handful of granola and munch away. Soon enough, there’s no more granola. This makes me sad because I really like granola with yogurt and fresh fruit but I rarely get around to eating it that way. You’d think the solution would be to make more granola, but that doesn’t help, I still plunder the cupboard until it’s bare of granola. Even the temptation to save some so that I can eat it with thick Greek yogurt and tart, juicy kiwi can’t stop me from demolishing my granola reserve.

I took a whole bunch of pictures of kiwi without even realizing it at the time, then when I was going through my pics I noticed an abundance of kiwi and a lack of my subject; granola. Possibly because I ate all the granola and there was none left to take pictures of, but possibly because kiwi’s just so photogenic. I remember thinking it should hang out with pomegranate because the two of them would be the most photogenic couple ever. Like Brangelina in fruit form.

The bonus photo today is of my Alsatian Apple Tart, (from Baking, naturally) which I chose to glaze with cassis jelly instead of apple, hence the purple. And as you can probably tell from all of my photos, I'm still struggling without a light in my kitchen. Damn you Landlord!

In other random thoughts, I've really been craving brownies lately. That is all.

Bri’s Addictive Granola, (Based on Dorie Greenspan’s Oatmeal, Honey and Nut Granola)

2 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats

½ cup sunflower seeds

1 cup almonds, roughly chopped

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla

Pinch cinnamon

½ cup pear puree

½ cup dried pineapple chunks

½ cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and have ready two large rimmed baking sheets lined with nonstick aluminum foil.

Mix all the ingredients together, except the dried fruit, in a big bowl. Keep turning the ingredients around so that the honey and pear puree coats everything. Divide the mix between the two baking sheets and spread it out so that you've got even layers.

Bake the granola for 40 to 50 minutes, turning it with a wooden spoon every 10 minutes or so. The turning is extremely important because you want to evenly toast and dry out the granola. If you find that the granola is browning unevenly, rotate your baking sheets front to back and top to bottom (if you're working on two shelves).

I can't give you an exact baking time, you have to keep looking at it. You want the color to be dark -the cereal won't have much taste or crunch if it's not - and you might have to sacrifice a few burnt nuts to get it. Just keep watching, particularly once the color starts to deepen. The granola may not seem completely dry when you take it out of the oven, but it will crisp up once it cools.

Cool the granola on the baking sheets, turning it often as it comes to room temperature. Stir in the dried fruits and store the granola in a covered container away from moisture.

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Manggy said...

Ha! The only time I ate granola was when I was in Europe, with yogurt and fresh fruit too. And also when it's in one of those awful prepackaged bars :)

I too have no light in my kitchen. I always rush food out to the sunlit portion of the house.

Peabody said...

Yes, granola is super addictive I agree. That is why I never have it around.

K and S said...

I really should try making my own, this does sound addictingly good!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I don't know Bri. Gorn loves Granola, I don't think I get even one bite.
I love the tart!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Bri, I have just written on someone's blog how I have been meaning to make granola/müesli at home. I saw one episode of Bills food on the Internet (the show is not aired here, unfortunately) and he made a delicious müesli... I want to try it too - and will "copy" your idea of adding cranberries!

Truffle said...

That does sound addictive! I love pineapple chunks so I think this one could become a staple in my house.

eatme_delicious said...

Ooo I'm intrigued by your use of pear puree! I should try that next time I make granola. Usually I just use fruit juice (and some type of sugar).

Warda said...

Yours look superb. Love the color of it. I can restrain myself from eating it all the time but it's
not the case with my husband. One time I even had to hide it in my closet.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

LOL, Brangelina in fruit form! You're right, they would be the cutest couple at the fruit prom.

Ditoo on the brownies. Come on over and we can make a big pan together. Do peppermint patty brownies sound good to you?

Nic said...

Anything with dried cranberries in it has got to be good! Love the dried pineapple too.

Gigi said...

I just recently started making my own granola and haven't looked back. I can't believe how much better it is (and cheaper). I have yet to make Dorie's granola but after seeing yours it will be next my list!

Anonymous said...

Oh I know what you mean... Keeping homemade granola on hand is just asking for trouble. There's no end to the munching!

Anonymous said...

One can never have too many recipes for granola!

Cakespy said...

I adore granola. Yours looks seriously yummy. I bet it would make a great dessert with ice cream!!

Cheryl said...

This would be perfect for my afternoon snack. I am getting so tired of eating dried cereal. I must make this this weekend.

I love kiwis too, but I can't peel them to save my life, I end up losing most of the fruit.

Lisa Fain (Homesick Texan) said...

I hear you, sister! I can never stop eating it!

Mansi said...

I've never liked granola with yogurt parfait..but cereals and bars work great for me!:) and your tart would be perfect too!!

MargaritFox said...

I'd like to make granola this weekend! It looks so yummy and a health snack. ??? How many servings are suppose to be in this recipe ??? Thanks! Enjoy reading your blog daily too.

Karin W. said...

What a coincidence! Many bloggers have posted recipes of granola this week. So did I - although I'm Swedish.

There are lots of useful ingredients in your tasty granola. I wish I could find dried pineapple chunks.

Julie Livermore said...

Strangely enough I just made granola for the first time and then later that day stumbled across your blog. I made a cherry/almond flavor, but yours looks delish and I will have to try it next! And by the way, I made mine to eat with yogurt and fruit and it all but disappeared before I had the chance.