My daughter-in-law bought me the smitten kitchen cookbook by deb perelman. I have made several recipes from the book. The pictures are great, giving us direction for some of the recipes & showing us the finished item in such a way that one can’t help but want to make it and eat it right away!
One of the recipes has become a standard in my kitchen. The big cluster maple granola. It is so delicious. I keep it in my freezer because we don’t eat as much as the recipe makes right away. It doesn’t take long of it to ‘defrost’ in the bowl. In our opinion it is just perfect!
I have made several granola recipes over the years & have discarded all the others!
I am putting the link to the smitten kitchen website here so that you can browse through and look at the recipes. And a link to the cookbook on Amazon.
Here is the recipe
Granola from Smitten Kitchen *** with my directions & a couple of simple changes
3 cups oats
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped *** you can add almonds or pecans if you prefer
1/4 cup wheat germ *** sometimes I have this & sometimes I don’t but I make it without
2 tbsp flax seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 egg white, beaten until foamy
*** You can add dried fruit if you would like. The original recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups dried cherries…I like to put cut up dates or chopped dry figs in mine, but I actually do not add any fruit. I usually eat this on yogurt so I add fresh fruit at that time. If I was going to eat it like cereal then the dried fruit would be good. I find dried cherries too tart… but your choice!!
Preheat oven to 300f
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup
- In a large bowl, mix the oats, coconut, walnuts, wheat germ, flax seeds, salt & cinnamon together
- I like to mix the oil & syrup together in a small bowl, then add to the dry ingredients. Mix well until all the dry ingredients are coated with the oil/syrup
- Add the beaten egg white now, by pouring it all over the top & mix well so that it is throughly combined with the other ingredients
- Spread the granola in a flat layer on the baking sheet
- Bake approx 45 minutes until browned & dry. Mix the granola half way through the baking so that it bakes evenly. The edges get browned first so I pick them up & mix it around.
- When done, let the cool in the pan on a wire rack.
- You can add dried fruit once the granola is cool. The original recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups dried cherries…I like to put cut up dates or chopped dry figs in mine, but I usdually do not add any fruit. I usually eat this on yogurt so I add fresh fruit at that time. If I was going to eat it like cereal then the dried fruit would be good. I find dried cherries too tart… but your choice!!
- smittenkitchen says this lasts about 2 weeks in an airtight container. I store mine in mason jars, it almost fills 2. I keep one jar out & store 1 jar in the freezer.