Nov 01 2011
I am delighted! Not only have I found yet another recipe from that fabulous cookbook, Bite Me, by Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat, but I just found out they have an entire website too! You can check it out here; in the meantime, on with the review for their granola recipe.
Truthfully, I had no faith in this recipe when I first looked it over. I thought it wasn’t going to have a whole lot of taste, and that it was going to be like dry birdseed in my mouth. Fortunately, I was completely wrong! There’s a ton of flavour packed into every bite, and it’s got that whole salty/sweet thing that I’m starting to love more and more every day. My older daughter also loves this recipe, and we’ve both found something we can share for breakfast every day (but I eat it lots as just a snack too!)
Due to the fact that I did not have everything on hand for this recipe, I did need to make a few small changes. I didn’t have slivered almonds, but I did have toasted whole almonds that I just gave a rough chop before throwing them in with the oats before they went into the oven. And speaking of oats, the original recipe in the book also stresses that you shouldn’t use the quick-cooking kind, but it was the only kind and I had (and to be honest, I was dying to try this recipe just to see if it tasted better than it looked.) The oats turned out fine, and some of them browned a lot in clumps, which I sort of really liked about it. The recipe also didn’t call for the raisins to be plumped, but I generally do that before I toss raisins into anything.
As an interesting side note, Kristina and Anna gave this book a really, really terrible review on their show Kristina and Anna’s Grocery Bag, and I just can’t understand it. I’ve cooked so many recipes from this trusty, quirky little cookbook that I’ve lost count; and I can only think of one that didn’t turn out nicely. I strongly recommend the book to anyone!