sunday morning granola

good morning and welcome back from a nice long weekend. I hope everyone had a chance to relax and take full advantage of having three days off from work. I still worked... but, I also baked, and baked, and baked some more.
my favorite meal of the day is breakfast. during the week I eat oatmeal every morning with a combination of things mixed in it. this morning I had peaches, vanilla, and honey. however, while I love my oatmeal, my favorite thing about the weekend is being able to prepare a nice, big breakfast. pancakes, scones, biscuits, vegetarian breakfast sausage, fruit tarts... granola.
I've been on the quest for finding the perfect granola. I'm always a big fan of bulk store bought granola, and since it's easier than whipping up a big batch, I tend to stick to that. but making a big batch of the most tasty perfect delightful granola has always been on my mind. so I searched and searched until I found something that I felt was just right, and here it is:

Sunday Morning Granola
serve granola with milk
or yogurt and sliced fresh fruit.
the recipe is totally adaptable. substitute any combination of nuts or dried fruits for a completely different experience.
makes about 6 cups

:: for granola ::
2 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup whole pecans, halved
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup pumpkins seeds
1/3 cup (packed) brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
2 tbsp honey
1 cup (packed) dried
organic cherries, cut into quarters

• preheat oven to 300°F.
• mix first 7 ingredients in large bowl.
• melt butter with honey in heavy small saucepan over low heat. pour over granola mixture and toss well. spread out mixture on baking sheet.
• bake 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
• add cherries; mix to separate any clumps. continue to bake until granola is golden brown, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes longer. cool.
• can be made 2 weeks ahead. store airtight at room temperature.

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Anonymous pia said...

this looks utterly delicious!!! i have been so slack with breakfast lately, it's just been toast and tea, so uninpsiring. but now dear alyson, i am going to get cracking with this granola! yummo! xx

May 27, 2008 at 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

I'm a big believer in my daily dish of oatmeal during the week too, but on the weekend, anything is fair game! I just made some granola weeks ago for the first time ever. And as a recent granola convert, I am hooked. But my recipe needs to be a little sweetened up.I like the addition of sweetened coocnut in yours. A little flavor and sweetness at the same time.

May 27, 2008 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Aran said...

i also love my breakfast and this looks delicious. i make my own granola too, quite similar to this but with dried blueberries and goji berries. my indulgent breakfast are waffles that I make from a gluten free mix... yes, i make waffles from a mix. they sinful!

May 27, 2008 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger theyellowbucket said...

hello alyson! i just discovered your blog and have already bookmarked it so i know to check back for some more fantastic mouth watering recipes! i'm definitely giving this granola and the strawberry salad a try! nice to meet you,

May 28, 2008 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

This looks wonderful. I'm a huge fan of granola and can't wait to try it! I also love that you posted a PDF-- it makes it so easy! Thanks!

May 29, 2008 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Y said...

Great photo. The best granola is usually homemade, because there's always at least ONE ingredient in the storebought stuff that conflicts with your idea of what perfect granola should consist of! :)

June 1, 2008 at 2:42 AM  
Blogger mindy said...

That's funny: I, too have just rediscovered homemade granola and put my own version in my lil' blog.I swear I could eat it morning, noon, and night! My favorite add-in is chopped dates and golden raisins. I also have found success with nearly every combination of nuts and seeds--sesame seeds are soo good with this.

June 4, 2008 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger amber said...

I have been dreaming of making homemade granola for a few months now - yours looks fantastic! I can just smell the cinnamon & pecans now...

June 5, 2008 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger steph- whisk/spoon said...

i eat granola almost every morning. this recipe sounds wonderful...simple, but with lots of good things in it!

June 9, 2008 at 3:31 PM  
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