Once again I have committed the ultimate cardinal blogging sin and neglected it for a few weeks…I’m sorry! I have been home for Easter and without a kitchen for three weeks which has been thoroughly miserable I can tell you. But boy oh boy, the day the new kitchen was finally kitted out and I was let loose I was like a kid in a sweet shop, I was positively drooling over the gorgeous new surfaces, sparkling pans and to top it off…the most satisfyingly new set of sharp knives, gee whizz I am sad. Anyway… here is one of my many creations from over the weekend, a crunchy, nutty, delicious homemade granola with a berry compote, which is great as they both will last a pretty long while and will see you have a healthy start to your days, which is just what you need in the run up to the dreaded finals.
Day one in the new kitchen
For the granola, you’ll need:
200g Oats (I used apple flavoured breakfast oats)
1 bag of each (100g each bag) : hazelnuts, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts
1 bag of each: Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds.
3 Tbsp Honey
125g Light muscovado sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla paste (or extract if you don’t have paste)
For the compote, you’ll need:
1 1/2 tsp vanilla paste (or extract)
Preheat your oven to 140 degrees. Roughly chop all of your nuts so they are a similar size and put in a big mixing bowl with your seeds and oats
Melt the butter and mix in a separate bowl with the honey, sugar and vanilla.
Pour into the nutty mix and ensure everything in evenly coated.
Line two trays with foil and pour on your granola mix onto them and put in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes, turning the mix every 5-10 minutes to stop it from sticking and burning.
Once finished, your granola should look like this.
Whilst this is in the oven, on a medium heat, bring 50 ml water to simmer and add your berries, vanilla and sugar and let it simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
It’s as simple as that! Transfer your compote to a sterilized jar and the granola mix to the tupperware (it should fill 2 or 3 depending on size).
Achingly Simply. Now sit back and relish in the knowledge that for the foreseeable future, you will go to bed every night looking forward to your breakfast! Great topped on plain yogurt!