Granola isone of those things that are easy to make and last a long time. I still can’tget over how expensive it is in the supermarket, considering the abovementioned points.
I’m typingthis wearing gloves, the thickest wool sweater ever, and a pashmina as a scarf.You see, the gas company decided that I hadn’t paid a bill from June of lastyear so they decided to cut off my gas yesterday. I already took care of it,and they considered I was nice enough to send a guy to fix the little problem,considering it’s winter and the lower part of my house is without heating. Butdon’t feel sorry, it’s not a very cold day.
Anyway,being a bit cold kinda makes you hungry. The just-coffee breakfast I haveeveryday fell a bit short this morning. In comes this granola, that I’m havingright now with some natural yogurt and blueberries. Not exactlywinter-comfort-breakfast-food-while-you-wait-for-the-gas-company-to-spare-you-someone-to-come-and-make-your-house-warm-again,I know. A cold breakfast, on a winter day when your gas is cut off?
But it’s myfavorite granola, the one that I make over and over. Besides the differentadditions, which like most granolas, depend on what you like and many times onwhat nuts and fruits are lying around, I like the ratio of honey and oil. Itmakes for a super crunchy, not too sweet mixture. And it lasts for weeks.
To end thison a bright note, the guy finally came, and my gas stove is working perfectlyagain, so, like with the guys who came to fix my car, I shared a muffin withhim. The poor guy was just doing his job after all, and he was colder than me.
adaptedfrom CountryWeekend Entertaining, by Anna Pump with Gen LeRoy
Makes about5 cups
3 cupsrolled oats
1 cup wholealmonds
½ cup honey
¼ cup oil
2 Tbssesame seeds
½ cup driedapricots, chopped
½ cupsliced peanuts
Preheatoven to 300º F / 150º C.
In a largebowl mix oats, coconut, cardamom, cinnamon and almonds.
In a smallsaucepan, heat oil and honey, just until honey and oil are well combined.
Pour thismixture over the oats and toss well to coat thoroughly.
Put thishoney oat mixture on an oven tray and spread it evenly. Bake for about 30 to 40minutes, tossing everything around once or twice. Five minutes before you takeit out of the oven, add raisins, apricots, peanuts and sesame seeds.
Let cool onrack, and store in airtight container at room tº.