My cooking hero is Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, you would think that since I live in the south it would be Paula Dean, but heck she cooks the same stuff as I do! So Ina and her wonderful french influence is the one I watch and watch and watch.
Sadly this scrape of paper contains the 3 recipes I prepared today, Banana Bread, Granola, and Coconut Macaroons. I sit with my new
I-Pad ( which is marvelous) pondering what I shall cook and then jot down my recipes. when I write them I remember better. I am a teacher and I still hand write all my lesson plans, I love my technology but I just retain the info better when I physically write it down!
Here are the ingredients for the granola, I did change her recipe a bit, less oil and a little more honey because I used unsweetened coconut.
I L-o-v-e this measuring cup that my "sister" Mickie gave me, it too is marvelous and is great for mixing gooey stuff in and then you can squeeze it right out.
granola before baking, I used a silpat, if you don't have one, run to the store right now and get one...great for all kinds of baking
after cooling the granola, I filled 2 quart jars and and had about 3 more cups left. We went and picked organic blueberries tonight and for breakfast I am having granola, blueberries and yogurt. Yummy!
- 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
- 2 cups sliced almonds
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup good honey
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Toss the oats, coconut, and almonds together in a large bowl. Whisk together the oil and honey in a small bowl. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until all the oats and nuts are coated. Pour onto a 13 by 18 by 1-inch sheet pan. Bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until the mixture turns a nice, even, golden brown, about 45 minutes.
Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool, stirring occasionally. I did not add any fruit but you may add apricots, figs, cherries, cranberries, and cashew or any other combination. Store the cooled granola in an airtight container.