Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Crispy Granola.

I don't know if I've mentioned before, but breakfast is one of my favouritist meals of the day...you know, along with lunch and dinner...it's the only one where the sweet stuff can take up the whole occasion and take all the credit. You can basically eat cake and nothing but cake without anyone judging you...panCAKES, muffins, pastries.

The unfortunate thing however, is that if you want to survive past your 35th birthday you have to mix it up a bit and maybe not do the 'cake first thing in the morning' thing everyday. Sad.

My non-cake breakfast of choice is a smoothie packed full of good stuff...like this one. The tricky thing is however, that making a smoothie is not a quiet affair and since I'm usually the first one up and about in my house and when I say house I mean little match box pretending to be a house, I have to seek other sources of sustenance.

Enter...homemade granola. I have been making my own granola for a while and so an always looking for new versions. The addition of cornflakes in this one makes it super crispy and delicious. Enjoy, quietly. With Love and Cake.

Crispy Granola.
Adapted from a Lynn's Kitchen Adventures recipe

A few notes:
  • Of course this recipe is wiiiide open for interpretation...maybe use maple syrup instead of honey, or a different kind of nut, or maybe you have Rice Krispies instead of Cornflakes so want to use them...you see...
  • Use a honey that you really like the taste of...they vary so much in flavour and it really comes across here.
Makes a big storage jar-full
You will need

1 x large baking sheet, greased

75g soft brown sugar
6 tbsp flavourless oil, like sunflower or vegetable
170g honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
75g cornflakes
340g oats
1 tsp cinnamon
50g pecans

  • Preheat the oven to 180˚c.
  • Stir together the sugar, oil and honey in a small pan and heat gently until the sugar dissolves.
  • Meanwhile mix together the rest of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour over the honey mixture and stir everything together until well combined.
  • Spread the mixture out evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Run a spoon through the mixture to turn everything over and then put back in the oven....but TURN IT OFF.
  • Leave the granola to cool completely in the oven. 
  • Break the cold granola up into clusters and store in an airtight jar.

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