Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tastes Like Hippy

Just a quick shout out to a new recipe (and a wonderful website). We've been getting through a lot of granola lately, which is great because I love making it. The latest attempt was Orangette's French Chocolate Granola. I just mention it because it is very very good.
I'm including the recipe, I hope Orangette doesn't mind. It is entirely hers (she mentions that she based it on the recipe for Honey Crunch Granola from David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop, a book with both overt and hidden treasures). See her intro to the recipe, which I linked above, for more detailed instructions.

French Chocolate Granola

3 cups rolled oats
½ cup raw almonds, chopped
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
6 Tbsp. mild honey
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
½ cup, or more, finely chopped bittersweet chocolate (see above)

Preheat the oven to 300°F.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, coconut, sugar, and salt. Stir well to blend.

In a small saucepan, warm the honey and oil over low heat, whisking occasionally – watch out! the oil will want to splash - until the honey is loose. Pour over the dry ingredients, and stir to combine well.

Spread the mixture evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden. Set a timer to go off halfway through the baking time, so that you can give the granola a good stir; this helps it to cook evenly. When it’s ready, remove the pan from the oven, stir well – this will keep it from cooling into a hard, solid sheet – and cool completely.

When cool, transfer the granola to a large bowl, storage jar, or zipper-lock plastic bag. Add the chocolate, and stir (or shake, if using a jar or bag) to mix.

Yield: about 5 cups

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