4/8/08

leftovers...

One of the first posts I read on White On Rice's blog was about the art of spicing. I had been messing around in the kitchen, half-assed, trying to make some chili powder until I read that post. By Jove, I think I've got it. But before I share, I really have to use it in something. I am so excited I just wanted to share the picture.

These are my little tangerine jewels. I have one of these little guys sitting here with me right now.

"get me naked and eat me right now" he keeps whispering to me...

Mmmmm...amazingly sweet, not at all what you think these little fruits would taste like.
On to the homemade granola... I have made this granola four times in, what, two-three weeks? Even the littlest sous chef, Nanny Goat, made it. If you have twenty five minutes, make this recipe. This takes less time then going to the grocery store, fighting the crowds, hearing crying kid screaming about 'Why can't I have the bouncy ball and the Red Bull drink. Pleeeeeease Mooooommmmeeeeee!', standing in line behind the the little old man paying in change, finally paying for your box of granola, then driving home remembering halfway there you forgot some milk and a box of tampons. Just make the granola already.

Homemade Granola:(inspired by Orangette)

3 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup raw almonds, chopped

1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut (Orangette's recipe calls for unsweetened coconut but I could not find it anywhere)

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

A big pinch of salt

4 tablespoons of honey (Orangette's recipe calls for 6 tbls. but because we had sweetened coconut 4 tbls. worked well. But if you want it sweet, add the 6 tbls. honey plus the sweetened coconut. We did it this way once with mixed results. Some people loved it, others complained)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup, or more, finely chopped bittersweet chocolate (I have omitted this and added 6 ounces of dried cranberries. Some dried dates would be mind blowing-ly good. Add what you would like.)

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

In a large bowl combine the oats, almonds, coconut, sugar, and salt. Stir well.

In a small sauce pan warn the honey and oil over low heat, whisking occasionally, until honey is loose.

*note: if you want a really crunchy granola do this. If you want it a little bit softer just pour the honey and oil straight into the oat mixture.

Spread the mixture evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about twenty minutes, or until golden. Halfway through the baking time give the granola a stir, to help cook evenly. Remove the pan from oven and stir again. When completely cool, add the chocolate. Transfer to a airtight container.

8 comments:

Helen said...

Ha ha, you made me laugh out loud when you talked about going to buy the granola! I will try this recipe, don't you worry!

noble pig said...

Wow, that does look good. I have not made granola in so long but would love to start again.

MrOrph said...

Can't wait for the chili powder.

Maybe in some BBQ as a rub?

Krysta said...

*helen... that's what would happen to me if i went to the store.

*noble pig... your little piglets will love the chocolate granola. what wine would you pair with the granola?

*mr. orph... i just made some chili, it's simmering as i write... the chili powder tastes a little smokey with a hint of sweet... it would make a great bbq rub. email me your address and how much you need and i will send you some to try.

Snooty Primadona said...

Oh my... this is going to be such a great late night snack. I'm a bit backwards, but it all seems to work out evenly in the end. Hehehe.

Grace said...

a little sweetened coconut never hurt anybody. chocolate, either.

i concur--making your own granola is definitely the way to go. that way, i can add sweetened coconut and chocolate to my heart's content. :)

White On Rice Couple said...

The tangerines look so cute!
We we're in downtown Portland last week and found some more awesome spices at a kitchen store. We'll be writing up a Sharing the Love post on peppercorns and we're so excited about this one because we found SO many different kinds of peppercorns! We'll be sending you some of these to add to your spicing repertoire!
Your mortar and pestle photo is fabulous!

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