Wednesday, December 17, 2008
So I ended up making several batches of granola instead. This is a great activity for a cold and rainy day for several reasons. First, it takes a long time. The granola crisps up in the oven at a low temperature for over an hour per batch and must be tossed for even browning every 15 minutes or so. Second, it makes the house smell fantastic, which rocks no matter what the weather is like but seems extra lovely when it's nasty outside. And finally, it keeps the oven on a long time, which helps make the house toasty.
So I enjoyed a leisurely day making granola for holiday gifts and dreamed up a new muffin recipe that I'll probably try sometime in the next couple days. My holiday granola is a bit different every year, though I work off a master recipe that I hold close to my chest because it took me so long to figure out the perfect formula. My 2008 holiday granola has almonds, pistachios, and sweetened, dried cranberries. Delish!