Sunday, January 4, 2009

Holiday Granola. Slightly belated.

As granolas go, this one is pretty damn festive.

I call this "holiday" granola because it contains dried cranberries, minced candied ginger, and is infused with the zest from satsuma oranges- which were always in my stocking as a kid.
Also, because I can only assume that people get sick of receiving cookies and shitty fudge (as I do)- I made a huge batch, jarred it up, and gave it away during the holidays. I love homemade gifts (really!), and I especially love it when they wont lead to adult onset diabetes and a fat ass.

While I would never call this granola healthy (ya know- the butter.), it is certainly more beneficial than the giant tub of flavored popcorn my sister-in-law sent us (half candy corn, half cheddar corn. All stale, smelly, vile, and eerily addicting).


This recipe is totally laid back. It turns out perfect and evenly golden every time. It comes from my old buddy Kurt, former owner of Cafe Septieme in Seattle, and now full time farmer. I usually don't add dried fruit to it- as it is delicious alone, but dried bing cherries, blueberries, or apricots are also nice compliments to it.

Next time you're fixing drop 6 or 7 bucks on a box of granola, why not just check out your pantry? You undoubtedly have all you need to make it yourself.

You'll thank yourself while it's baking and the aroma of honey and orange fills your kitchen.
You'll thank me once you've tried it sprinkled on vanilla ice cream.

Holiday Granola

5 cups rolled oats
1 cup pecan pieces
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
3/4 cup shredded coconut (I prefer unsweetened- but use what you like)
1 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
9 oz unsalted butter
3/4 cup honey
zest of 1 orange (or 2 small satsumas)
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup minced candied ginger


Pre heat the oven to 325
Toss the oats, nuts, and coconut together in a large bowl. In a saucepan, bring the butter, honey, zest, and nutmeg to a boil. Pour over oats and stir thoroughly, until mixture is evenly coated with the honey butter. Pour out onto 2 sheet pans.
Bake for approximately 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Cool, then stir in dried fruit.


Judy@nofearentertaining said...

ooooooh! I wish you had of posted this before Christmas. I would have so copied you and used these for gifts!!! As it is I will still make this for the kids!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

What a great idea for a holiday gift! I also love and give homemade gifts! And if someone miss the cookies they can use the granola to make some granola cookies even!

Ann said...

GREAT idea! I had to laugh at your comment about pre-packaged-gift-popcorn - that stuff is vile...but why can't we stop eating it?

I have wanted to make my own granola for a while now. I saw Nigella make it on her show, and of course it was practically like foreplay. It made me feel as if I hadn't lived unless I'd made granola!!!

Brooke said...

That is some tasty granola. I've been eating it with yogurt for breakfast.

p.s. I've got another jar of apple butter with your name on it, if you come see me on Monday.

matt wright said...

Awesome stuff. For some reason I always got a satsuma in my stocking too. I never even liked them when I was a wee lad.

Yeah - what the hell is it with people giving half-arsed cookies, and really crappy candy? And don't forget those random bricks of "bread" that people bake. Jesus. I have taken so much of that stuff to work, to let other people fatten their arteries on. Heck, most of it just ain't worth the calories.

Really great looking granola.

Brittany said...

Judy- I know! I'm sorry. For some reason I felt like taking a break from the computer during the holidays. Definitely make it for the kiddos though.

CC- My old boss used to make granola cookies with this very recipe. They put oatmeal cookies to shame.

Ann- Seriously. I have never eaten so much of something that is so discusting. It's pure EVIL.

Brooke- DEAL. I'm almost out of my first jar.

Matt- The nasty dried out fudge inside the tacky holiday tin is what always gets me.

cookiecrumb said...

Festive indeed! Almost makes me want to add crushed candy canes. Wouldn't like to eat it, but it would really ramp up the Festive. :D


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Heather said...

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Sorry, Brittany. I know he promised you the stars and the moon -sure, he promised me the same! But don't get trapped in his web of lies. You'll wake up one day, a bitter shard of a woman, and it's devastating. Devastating.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

"I love homemade gifts (really!), and I especially love it when they wont lead to adult onset diabetes and a fat ass"..... Love it - that's the wit I was talking about! ;)

What a great idea Brittany!

Foodycat said...

Oh wow! I have to make that!

Brittany said...

Cookie crumb- I like crushed up candy canes in most anything.
I'd eat it. The merriment would go through the roof.

NAVAL- oh really? Which is your favorite post and why?
pew. You reek of smap.

Heather- don't throw your tears away on a man that is clearly a sex offender.

Jenn- thanks Queenie!!

Foodycat- Yes. You MUST.

peter said...

Dude- I TOTALLY just made granola too! OMG!!!

But it didn't have any orange zest in it:(

But it was still really yummy!!!!:D

But there was no butter:{

But there WAS maple syrup! Yay!!!!!


Can you tell I'm procrastinating writing the article I have due tomorrow? And I'm cranky about it?

Brooke said...

I thought Naval was MY man. Now I'm pissed. He may be a sex offender, but damn is he hot.

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