Saturday, June 12, 2010

Then there was Granola…


When I see Granola packages in the store, I wonder…how hard can this be to make? Well, it's not hard at all! The key to a successful product? Don’t overbake.

I plan on making muffins which require granola in the recipe. So, I thought I’d make my own granola. The muffin recipe will be in another post.

I own the book, The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather. She has a recipe for granola that looked simple. My first try was not successful. The granola was to cool completely before adding the dried fruit. But, it was so hard, I had to toss it. My instructions below show how I circumvented this issue. I used a plastic zip lock bag to complete the cooling process.

So…Let’s get to it…

I’ve added a photo tutorial and the recipe follows.

As usual, we start with Mis en Place…which is gathering all your ingredients before baking.

• Combine the oil and honey mixture in a saucepan:
• Combine the dry ingredients:
old-fashioned rolled oats
sunflower seeds
sweetened flaked coconut
sliced almonds
• Pour liquid mixture into the dry:

• Mix dry & wet ingredients together:
• Pour mixture into tray (lined with aluminum foil-optional):


BAKE at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes.

• Cool granola on tray until lukewarm. Transfer to gallon size plastic zip lock bag. Mix granola every 10 minutes or so until completely cool. Shake the bag gently.

• Add chopped dried fruit to cooled granola in the bag. Mix fruit and granola in the sealed bag.

• Transfer cooled granola to an airtight container.

Jonnie’s Breakfast Granola
The Pastry Queen
By Rebecca Rather with Alison Oresman
Adapted by Carmen Ortiz of Baking is my Zen


YIELD: About 14 Cups

INGREDIENTS:

Oil & Honey mixture:
¾ cup vegetable oil
½ cup honey
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt

Oatmeal mixture:
8 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup sliced almonds
1 tablespoon cinnamon (my addition)

Add to cooled granola:
1 cup chopped dried apricots
1 cup dried cranberries

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mis en Place:
Gather ingredients and utensils. Place on work table.
Measure all ingredients. Chop dried fruit. Prep trays.

1. In large saucepan over medium heat, add
vegetable oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt.
Stir until the sugar dissolves. (Approx 3 minutes)

2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, sunflower seeds, coconut, almonds, and cinnamon.

3. Pour the warm oil & honey mixture into the oat mixture and stir until combined.

4. Line two trays with aluminum foil (12 x17 inch rimmed baking sheets). Lining the tray is optional.
Spread mixture evenly on the two trays.

5. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring several times. (don’t overbake)

6. Place trays on rack to cool. Stir granola occasionally while cooling.

7. Transfer granola (still slightly warm) to a plastic zip lock bag (gallon size).

8. Close bag and mix the granola every 10 minutes or so until cool.

9. When granola is completely cool, add dried fruits.

10. Store granola in an airtight container up to 3 weeks.

Enjoy!

I’ll be making muffins using Granola in another post…stay tuned…

Peace in baking,

Carmen

Baking is my Zen…sweet nibbles for the soul

4 comments:

foodpixels said...

Muffins with granola are so yummy, and if you make your own granola it tastes so much better; thx for sharing this recipe, should try it out sooner or later; nice pics!
Dario

foodpixels said...

Love muffins with granola! and if you bake your own granola it tastes so much better; thx for sharing this recipe, will def try it out sooner or later.
Nice pics!
Dario

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

Goodness, this looks sooo yummy!!
It would be possible for me to eat Granola every day for the rest of my life!!
=)

sweetlife said...

i love granola, with sunflower seeds, yum..great tip in using a ziploc bag..

sweetlife

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