Last week I wrote about my first attempt to make homemade granola. It was less than delicious. In fact, it was burnt and I had to throw it all out. But nothing was going to stop me from trying again*, because if I've learned one thing in the kitchen, it's that a new recipe rarely turns out well the very first time. At least, it doesn't for me. For my second try, I used a friend's granola recipe. She claims it's a family secret. I wasn't sure whether or not she was kidding, so I'm not exactly sure if I'm allowed to share this. But I'm going to. You're welcome.
4 cups of rolled/old fashioned oats
chop up nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc)
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of water
2 tsp. of vanilla
(Pour this on the oat and nut mixture as soon as it comes out)
Mix together so it's all coated.
Put on cookie sheet. Drizzle honey all over. Can add coconut on top if you want---[Note: I did not do this, because I hate coconut.]
Add fruit after granola has cooled down
Oven Temp: 275
Time: 45 minutes
The obvious difference between recipe 1 and recipe 2 are the oven temps. The first granola (the one that burnt) was at 350. This time, my oven was at 250. Clearly the 250 temp time is much better. My conclusion: this granola was quite good. It didn't get as hard as I would have liked, however. It was pretty chewy, which I think had to do with the honey I drizzled on top. After a few bites it becomes a serious jaw workout, but that hasn't stopped me from eating it all week. Next time, I might try cooking for longer or perhaps mixing the honey in with the brown sugar/water/vanilla mixture. I'll let you know what I find out. And again, granola tips are welcome. I'm still a newbie.
*In related news, Jordan is getting a little tired of my granola experiments. Just a few days ago he told me that he keeps finding oats stuck to his socks. Oddly enough, this has yet to happen to me, so I can only assume he's crazy.