Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Holy Crap Granola

Been in the Granola making mode. Have made our own granola at various times.

This year, it started at Justin & Shelli's wedding. Shelli's sister, Staci made a whole lot of granola which we were given to use for our breakfasts the week before the wedding. Really enjoyed it for breakfast, and on ice cream.

Later this fall, we got the idea, well let's make some granola again.

Used to make some before, most recently in March. http://kingofgreen.blogspot.com/2010/03/granola-recipe-experiment.html
Went through the cookbook recipe again. Searched 4-5 recipe books on the shelf.
Came up wit a template recipe. Figured actual ingredients were less of an issue.
Rather the ratio of dry to oil, water, and sweetner.

So we made a batch. At the same time Greg was going to go on a ten-day backpacking trip, so some granola made into his load.

Meanwhile aftert the first batch a newspaper article came out in the Hamilton Spectator newspaper
So that peaked our (my) interest in Holy Crap granola.

Research led to these sites



Then some basics about chia seeds- good for vegetarian males, blood pressure, etc.

Btw here's the broad outlines for 2 large cookie sheets worth of delicious granola

7 Cups rolled flakes. This could include Oats, wheat, spelt, rye, kamut, and probably more. Oats are the least expensive.
4 Cups Small dry cereals. This category could include: Wheat germ, 12 grain cereal, flax seeds or ground flax, oat bran, sesame seeds, buckwheat, steel cuts oats, corn meal, bulgur, chia seeds(if you want Holy Crap type)
Amaranth seeds - do not put too much more than a tablespoon in as that ends up being a lot of seeds. Too many and the granola has a sandy feeling.
2 cups of sunflower or pumpkins seeds.
Mix then add
1 Tbsp vanilla
3/4 c oil
1 1/4 cup water
2 tsp salt
3/4 c liquid or melted honey (
but brown sugar, jam or other sweetners can be used)
Mix well, Preheat oven to 250 degrees F
Place on trays

Bake 1 1/2 hrs. Stir every 30 minutes.
Addd 4 cups dried fruit.
Dried fruit raisins, cranberries add color but are more expensive, dried coconuts
other options: Can chop dates, apricots, figs
Dried currants are good

Add 2 Cups of nuts such as; almond slivers, walnut pieces, chopped cashews, chopped peanuts, etc.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

GranolaTest Nov 23/10

more testing and using up the stuff left over from 2 days ago
5 1/4 cup oat flakes
1/8 cup spelt flakes
1 cup kamut flakes
3/8 cup rye flakes
1 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup 12 grain cereal
3/4 cup wheat germ
1 1/4 cup coconut unsweetened
1/2 cup bran oat
1/2 cup almond slivers
1/4 cup ground flax
1/4 cup black sesame

1/4 cup currant
3/4 cup thompson raisins
1 cup sultana raisins
1/4 cup cranberries
3/4 cup apricots cut up
2/3 cup cashew

same amount liquid and etc's

7 cups flakes
4 cups small stuff
2 cups sunflower or pumpkin
3 cups fruit
2 cup nuts

Sunday, November 21, 2010

More Granola Testing

greg and dad worked on granola again

4  1/2 cup large oat flakes
1/2 cup spelt flakes
1/2 cup kamut flakes
1 cup rye flakes
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup almond slivers
1/4 cup kasha buckwheat
1/4 cup steel cut oats
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds roasted

2 1/2 cups small stuff
1/4 cup ground flax
1/2 cup 12 grain cereal
1 cup bran flakes oat
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup wheat germ

13 cups dry ingredients stirred together

1 Tbsp Vanilla
3/4 cup oil
9/8 cup water
2 tsp salt
3/4 cup warmed honey

mix dry with liquid until well coated
Put on oil-sprayed trays

Heat in oven @ 250 F for 90 minutes stir every half hour

After added fruits nuts
1 cup cranberries
1/2 cup chopped cashews
1 cup diced apricots
1 cup dried currants
2/3 cup chopped peanuts
 Total 4 1/6 cups

Monday, March 15, 2010

Granola Recipe experiment

5 c quick rolled oats
2 c large rolled oats/rye flakes
1/2 c corn meal
1/4 c amaranth seeds
1/4 c ground flax
1/2 c sesame seeds
1 c coconut unsweetened
1 c buckwheat
1 c steel cut oats
1 c sunflower seeds
1 c almond slivers
1 c walnut pieces
1/2 cup total of brown basamati rice +12 grain cerreal + bulgar +pearl barley soaked in 1/2 cup water +syrup jar that needed to be rinsed out. ( Harder cereals- let thm soak while assembling the other ingredients)
2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp art vanilla
3/4 c oil
1/2 cup water
3 heaping tsp of plum jam
250 degree oven
Place on trays
Bake 1 1/2 hrs. Stir every 30 minutes.

4 Pm. ended up with 2 - 2 lb bags. Very tasty.A lot of fun.
Next time, less amaranth, and other small stuff. More variety.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Tempura Batter and Chicken Ball Batter

From handwritten recipe

3 cups white flour
1 cup rice flour
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp baking powder
2 tbsp egg replacer
2 1/2 cup water for chicken balls or 3 cups water for tempura batter (can be a little thinner)

From Cooking school book Non-vegan
Sweet and Sour Chicken Batter
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
1 egg or ( 1 1/4 cup milk and no egg)