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Thursday, 28 April 2011

Sunshine Granola

A wonderful combination of blue skies, blossom, avoiding a parking ticket, getting the keys to our new home, wedding excitement and, our baby girl being taken for a long walk by a doting Aunt and Uncle has left me in a stupidly giddy mood and with time to blog without interruption.

I've been meaning to share this tasty recipe for a while and, given my mood it will be known as Sunshine Granola.

It makes around ten servings, delicious with yogurt (and easier to eat one handed than milk which has a tendency to dribble and drip everywhere). This recipe is an adaptation of one first discovered here.

You will need:

4 tbsp sunflower oil

4 tbsp set honey

250g light or dark brown sugar

400g porridge oats

400g seeds and bashed up nuts, you can vary the mix depending on what you have available (sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and cashews all work well)

A generous sprinkle of cinnamon and grating of nutmeg.

Preheat the oven to 180 C.
Mix together the oats and seeds, add the oil, honey and sugar.
Stir well until combined and seeds/nuts are well coated.
Spread thickly onto an oiled tray (or two).
Toast in the oven for 20 minutes, mixing it up every five to ten minutes to ensure nothing burns.
It will be soft when you take it from the oven and will harden as it cools.
Once cooled, break into small pieces and store rustically in a Kilner jar/Tupperware...

...this leads me to a shameless, self indulgent sedge way. Sunshine granola would be the ideal breakfast to serve camping/outdoors and for that, you simply must stop off at Sarah Raven's fabulous shop, first spotted here. We're already big fans of her cook books and now, I want her home stuff too, all of it - especially this picnic crate:

...happily set for breakfast and prettified with a selection of vases and flowers as styled here.

May the happy, sunny vibes last the whole weekend through!

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