When it's time for a taste of home I just have to head to the organic store and pick up some whole grains - it's granola time. This also makes great gifts for French and Americans alike - for the French it's a wholesome novelty. For Americans we know what a luxury it is to buy, so getting it homemade is still a special treat. And cooking it is easy, I had to make many adjustments and substitutions and it still just always works. I barely follow the recipe, but as a starting point here it is:
|First things first, make sure the baby is sound asleep!|
- 1/2 cup canola oil (I used olive oil yesterday)
- 1/3 cup honey (or molasses, or maple syrup, or ...)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (or more, but yesterday I only had nutmeg)
- 1/3 cup skim milk
- 3/4 cup brown sugar (or cassonade, if that's all you have)
- ~5 cups of dry ingredients (I use more) which can include: oats, wheat, walnuts, almonds, coconut, raisins, cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, currants, flax seed....
|If you don't have a measuring cup you can use a wine glass|
Mix first six ingredients in saucepan over medium heat until sugar melts and everything is blended. I usually wait until it bubbles up, which is probably some kind of candy-making procedure. Remove from heat and mix with dry ingredients. Spread on baking pan and bake in 375 degree oven. Mix when well toasted and bake a little more until well browned. Store in a covered container.