Monday, May 07, 2012

Damn Fine Granola

A good granola is a dam fine thing indeed, I’m not talking about those cheap brand name packets you buy at the supermarket, I’m talking about the ones you buy at your local deli, the ones that are loaded with nutty fabulousness, the ones you have to take out a second bond on your house to afford a packet. Those are the damn fine granolas.
The problem is that I get all grumpy, when I have to part with my hard earned bucks to buy a pricey packet, so I thought I would try to make my own. I first followed one of Nigella Lawsons’ recipes. It was indeed, dam fine, it also made me realise, why the delis charge so much, coz the ingredients are so flippin expensive. So I made it my mission to make a dam fine granola that doesn’t bust the bank.
I included desecrated coconut as a cheap and tasty filler and some chopped citrus peel for an inexpensive fruity zing. I think it’s the zest that makes this granola special. Lemon, lime or orange will do the trick.
Lets face it, seeds and nuts are a huge part that defines a damn fine granola, but they are also outrageously costly. There are suppliers, like at my local flee market, wholesalers or specialist outlets that come in at a lot less than you average supermarket. It doesn’t matter if they are a bit stale, coz you gonna give them a good old fashioned roasting anyhow, which brings the crunch right back.
I have come to realise, if you want a damn fine granola, you are probably going to reach a little further into your pocket than you would like to. Cheap and damn fine granola, don’t easily fit into the same sentence. Hey, it’ll still be a lot cheaper than those deli ones.

The ingredient that adds the ZING

4 ½ cups oats
¾ cup sunflower seeds
¾ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sesame seeds
½ cup desecrated coconut
1 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1½ cups almonds
2 tbls sunflower oil
¼ cup honey (heat the honey)
½ cup syrup (*you can make your own syrup)
Damn Fine Granola
½ cup light brown sugar
1 or 2 finely chopped peel of citrus fruit (orange/lemon/lime)

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Bake at 150 degrees c for 40 minutes, turning half way.
* 1 part water: 1 part sugar. For flavour add vanilla/citrus peel/fruit or whatever may tickle your fancy. Heat the mixture until the sugar dissolves. Then reduce til infused with your added flavour and syrupy.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so with you on the citrus peel. Great mix. I'm big-time into cinnamon at the moment.