Tuesday 29 April 2008

Waiter There’s Something in My….. Breakfast!

WTSIM is a monthly event hosted alternately by Jeanne of Cook Sister, Andrew of Spittoon Extra and Johanna of The Passionate Cook. This month Johanna chose Breakfast as the theme and my entry is Crisp Cinnamon Granola.

Granola with a generous dollop of yoghurt has to be my favourite thing to have for breakfast. I just love how it’s crispy yet chewy. Fruity, nutty and oaty. Slightly sweet, lightly spiced and wholesome. I love to eat it in my pajamas curled up in bed on a lazy weekend. It must also be served in a mug (much easy to hold in bed) and eaten with a teaspoon to make it last (I hate eating anything using big spoons).

For this batch I used a base of jumbo oats, porridge oats, wheat flakes and …cornflakes. I added a mix of seeds, brazil nuts and hazelnuts along with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon and vanilla. After toasting goji berries, dried blueberries and the must have classic of dried banana chips were stirred through to complete my granola.

I ate some whilst still warm form the oven and was intrigued to find that the cornflakes had become a little chewy rather than going crisp. However I think this is actually preferable as it adds another interesting texture and they ended up tasting remarkably like crunchy nut cornflakes after being baked in the syrup coating.

I added quite a bit of cinnamon to the mix, but there is just something about warm toasted nuts and oats and ground cinnamon that I adore. The aroma and flavour is (in my opinion) a match made in heaven.

Crisp Cinnamon Granola Ingredients
100g jumbo rolled oats
50g porridge oats
100g wheat flakes
100g cornflakes
25g linseeds
30g pumpkin seeds
35g brazil nuts
30g hazelnuts
2½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp natural oil
3 tbsp honey or 2tbsp golden syrup
1 tbsp hot water
30g dried blueberries
30g goji berries
30g dried banana chips

Preheat the oven to 170C. Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.
In a large bowl weigh out the oats, wheat flakes, cornflakes and seeds.
Chop the brazil nuts into quarters and the hazelnuts in half and add to the oats along with the cinnamon.
Thin down the golden syrup in the water, stir in the oil and vanilla and then drizzle it over the oaty mixture.
Mix well, ensuring everything is lightly coated.
Scatter the mix onto the baking tray and place in the oven for 10 minutes until it’s starting to smell toasted.
Remove from the oven and give everything a good stir to ensure even toasting.
Return to the oven for 8-10 minutes more.
Remove from the oven. Crush the banana chips into large chunks and stir through the warm oaty mixture along with the blueberries and goji berries.
Leave to cool before storing in an airtight container.Eat in bed from a mug using a teaspoon – go on try it!
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Gigi said...

I too enjoy eating granola and yogurt in my pj's! It's a great way to start the day.

thepassionatecook said...

great minds think alike! i also love my home-made granola, the addition of banana chips is a great idea... although i usually have mine on a fruit salad anyway ;-) thanks for taking part in WTSIM!

Unknown said...

hello i've got a few queries
1) is it possible to omit the cornflakes and all the seeds, banana chips and some of the nuts?
2) can i reduce sugar and oil?
3) how much dessicated coconut do i put in if i want it like the honey nut granola i normally buy off the shelf (like u said, expensive.)


Katie said...

Hi Elaine,

I don't see why you couldn't omit the cornflakes etc and just use all oats, but I would increase the amount used or else you won't end up with much.
You could try reducing the sugar and oil but this is required to help it become crisp and not much is used to begin with, when you compare it to the amount of cereal produced.
I'm not sure how much coconut to recommend, but I would start with a handfull and go from there, maybe around 20g.
Experiment and find what suits you best.

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