Friday, January 3, 2020

Traditional Granola {Oven & Microwave Methods}

Make your ain granola at dwelling ... inward the oven or the microwave.  {Yes, you lot tin plough over the axe arrive inward the microwave!}

It's jump interruption calendar week for me, too married adult man took 3 days off likewise then nosotros could gain materials together.  Isn't that sweet?

Here was my thought of what to gain amongst our days off.

Here was my hubby's idea.  He's practical similar that.

Unfortunately, I didn't win.

But betwixt spreading wheelbarrow-full loads of mulch inward our yard beds too taking inward a viewing of The Hunger Games, I did larn by to whip upwards a twosome of batches of this tasty granola.  It's on my "30 for 2012 Project" list, then I'm really glad to bring gotten to it.  I'm moving a petty flake deadening on my list!

This granola tin plough over the axe live on made inward either the oven or the microwave.  So I tested both.  When there's an alternative similar that, I similar to know how both do.  I'm curious similar that.

Both methods worked simply fine.  The oven method gave a flake crisper-crunchier result, field the microwave method produced a flake softer-chewier granola.  Microwave is definitely much faster.  Either way, you lot purpose the same yummy ingredients ... but maiden of all simply a tiny flake differently.

With the oven method, you lot maiden of all amongst melted butter too combine it amongst dear too vanilla ...
(that's our ain honey, yesteryear the agency ... isn't it gorgeous??)

... earlier adding the oats too other ingredients.

With the microwave method, you lot don't melt the butter.  You simply chop it into small-scale pieces too combine it amongst everything else inward a microwave-safe bowl.

The exclusively caution I plough over amongst the cooking is to lookout adult man your granola closely amongst the oven method ... as you lot may goal upwards amongst closed to "extra-crispy" pieces if you're non careful.  See my "crispies" nigh the edges??  I wasn't watching closely plenty toward the goal of the baking time.  Oops!

I similar the effect of each method as good ... then I'll likely become amongst the microwave method inward hereafter batches, simply for ease too the fourth dimension factor.

The best method for you? ... Just enquire yourself ... "Crunchy or chewy?"  And in that place you'll bring it!

Traditional Granola
Source:  My Mom
(Printable recipe)
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. honey
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 c. old-fashioned oats
1/4 c. wheat germ (optional)
1 tsp. pose down cinnamon
1/2 c. coarsely chopped walnuts (or other nut of choice)
1/2 c. raisins or currants (I purpose currants)

Microwave Method:
Cut butter into small-scale pieces.  Combine all ingredients EXCEPT raisins/currants inward a large microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on high for half dozen to vii minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.  Stir inward raisins/currants.  Spread onto a baking canvas to cool.  Let cool completely.  Store tightly covered.

Oven Method:
Melt butter inward a large bowl.  Add honey, vanilla, too cinnamon; stir to combine.  Add oats; stir until oats are good coated amongst butter mixture.  Add chopped nuts too stir to combine.  Spread mixture onto a baking pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for xx to 25 minutes, stirring nigh every five minutes.  Remove from oven too stir inward raisins/currants.  Let cool completely.  Store tightly covered.