Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Crunchy Granola

January 23, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in BCM, breakfast things, cereals, groups, tuesdays with dorie | 8 Comments
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crunchy granola

Granola and yogurt with half a banana is my go-to weekday breakfast. I used to make a big batch of my own cereal every couple of weeks, but then I got lazy and started buying it again. New York City, and Brooklyn in particular, is big in the small-batch granola scene (Surprised? I bet not.), and I have dutifully tried every little cutely packaged and expensive hipster brand I can find at local gourmet shops. Some are great, and some not so much, but homemade is even more delicious– and definitely cheaper– than the best brand I know of.

This Crunchy Granola reminds me of how fresh and easy to make homemade granola is. One of the best parts of going DIY is that you can customize your mix and put in all the bits and pieces you like the most (no thanks, goji berries). I like almonds and pecans, dried cherries, seeds and coconut in big chips. I like extra salt and a little less sweet stuff. I like it well-toasted and a combo of clumps and loose bits. One little trick that I usually do with my homemade granola is to toss the coconut on the tray (I use a metal sheet tray) at the very end, turn the oven off and let the tray cool down along with the oven…extra crunchiness without burned coconut. Oh, and never add the dried fruit until the granola’s out of the oven and cooled. I’ve screwed that one up before and it doesn’t taste good. This batch was just perfect though and I’m already looking forward to tomorrow’s brekkie.

For the recipe, see Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!

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  1. My husband enjoys granola as a cereal and eats it often. Like you he has tried every kind of granola. I prefer it on my yogurt as a snack. Making my own has been an adventure.

  2. This was definitely easy to make and I agree that the dried fruit should go in at the end; I’m always surprised when recipes direct you to bake it with the other ingredients.

  3. Good tip re: the coconut. I LOVED this. A little too much 😉

  4. I’m normally way too lazy to make my own cereal but this was delish. Lucky you being in NYC.

  5. Your granola choices look and sound so delicious that i saved your post on my Pinterest and I’m going to try them with my next batch. Thanks for all the tips.

  6. Customizing granola to your liking is more fun (and economical) than I’ve expected. I like your coconut tips.

  7. Happy breakfasting!:) this looks lovely – I love making custom granola too, I like lots of nuts and dried cherries!


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