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Monday, January 29, 2007



This recipe is from Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. As long as you keep the ratio of liquid to grains pretty constant, you can mess with the nuts, spices, and fruit, and overall it's not particularly sweet or oily. My last batch had a teaspoon of powdered ginger in addition to the cinnamon, and it was pretty tasty - an excellent topping for vanilla ice cream, by the way. Mark Bittman points out that the longer you cook granola, the browner and crunchier it gets, so keep your preferences in mind while baking.

6 cups flaked or rolled grains
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 cup raisins (or other dried fruit)
1/2 cup safflower or canola oil
3/4 cup honey, golden syrup, or maple syrup

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Toss the dry ingredients, but not the dried fruit, together, then add the oil and sweetener and toss again to mix them thoroughly. Spread the mixture on two sheet pans and bake until golden, turning every 10 minutes so that it browns evenly. When done, after about 30 minutes, add the fruit and let cool. As the granola cools, it will lose its stickness and become crunchy. Store in a tightly covered jar.

funny you posted this; i have been having a hankering for making this for some time now. i have a bag of rye flakes. wonder if they'd be too strong in flavour for a granola?

i've seen madison's book for years now and always wanted to pick it up. is it worth the money? i've heard various things about it.
Rye, hmm... I do think of rye as a more savory grain than a sweet one. But I could be wrong.

Re. Deborah Madison - it's one of my very favorite cookbooks. Her recipes are simple, fresh, creative, and adaptable. I'd say it'd suit you better in the warmer months when you have access to more (local) produce, but overall it's superb, so I'd say go for it! It's really a great resource for high-quality veg food that even non-veges will love. The only person I know who didn't love it was a vegan who was put off by the presence recipes with dairy and eggs in them. Whaa? Just skip those!
thanks for the info. i have a looong list of books i want. this madison one i have been eyeing for years. i started buying 2nd hand as it was getting ridiculously expensive. ever see the one about fruit by chez panisse?? omg, just the pictures could kill u.

gonna try the granola with a mix of oats and rye flakes. (also have a pack of frozen hemp seeds i NEED to use). have a feeling only rye would be yucko but the package says it can be used for breakfast "gruel" type mixtures. "please sir, may i have some more???" LOL.
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