February 14, 2008

Say, "I love you" with Cranberry Almond Granola

I cannot believe I have had this blog for all of 18 months and still have not posted a granola recipe. I ADORE GRANOLA... I AM GRANOLA!!!!! LOL Gotta make granola to be granola...

What says, "I love you" more than taking care of those who live in your home so they live a long and healthy life? So, today, I made granola for my family in red!!! Cranberries are extremely healthy and we keep a store of it on hand at all times in our home. (see above)

I use the basic recipe in the book called The Big Book of Breakfast and then I tweak it.

Here is the basic...

2 lbs (10 cups) old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnut
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup butter

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a lare mixing bowl, combine oats, raisins, walnuts, almonds, honey, salt, and cinnamon and mix well. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring sugar and water to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Add butter to saucepan in small pieces and whisk until smooth. Pour mixture over oats and stir until mixed. Transfer to 2 lightly sprayed or oiled baking dish (I use cookie sheets lined with parchment paper). Bake for 25-30 minutes. Stir around the edges. Turn off oven and leave granola in oven for 1 1/2 hours or until oven has cooled. It should be dry and chunky. Serve with milk or half and half. (I use on my yogurt a lot)

My changes...

I make a flavored syrup with the 2 cups sugar and the 1 cup water. I will add cranberries or blueberries or strawberries and make a fruit syrup in place of the regular syrup.

I also add a few more nuts than is called for in the recipe because I like mine really chunky.

Lastly, I add the dried fruit after it cooks so they don't turn hard while baking and drying.

Today's recipe is Cranberry/Almond Flavored Granola...

Make the syrup...

I add a bit of almond extract at the end of the syrup making process before adding it to the granola.

Mix the dry ingredients sans the cranberries

Stir it all together and bake...

Add the dried fruit while it is cooling....

Store in air-tight container....

There it is!!! SCRUMMY!!!!!

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