Thursday, September 11, 2014

Granola with Milk Power

I grew up having breakfast like fried dumplings, steamed bun with meat or finely chopped poy choy inside, fried bread sticks, savory soy milk. They are something you can easily get from the street shops serving breakfast since 5am. If there was sufficient time in the morning, my parents would make plain rice porridge served with numerous side dishes such as salted duck eggs, pickled vegetables, and during the weekend, minced pork congee with preserved egg was our usual. All this food talking is making my mouth and mind water, even though I just had two bowls of rice with broccoli and beef strips tonight. Good old days....

fried dumplings from a popular breakfast street restaurant in Shanghai

So I've got this recipe in my book forever and it's a regular in our cereal cupboard. My taste buds have successfully adapted to a morning bowl of granola and two Weet-Bix, with lots of milk.... You have to eat it super fast though. It's like a competition between you and the Weet-Bix, see who can drink up the milk first.

granola with milk overload
The difference compared to the shop bought version? Uncomparable. This one is so Whole-Some, and tastes like a real deal. The recipe calls for 1 cup of milk power and altogether 1.5 cups of oil and honey. I think that gives the granola a chewy texture. Is it your fancy as well?

After you've made a batch, you can store them in pre-painted jars with a little figurine on top. Some activity to keep your kids busy while you're baking. Isn't that Belt from The Croods?

What you will need:
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup oat bran
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped nuts of your choice
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2t vanilla extract
  • 1t ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup dry milk power
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1 cup raisons
What you need to do:
  • Preheat the oven to 160C. Oil a baking sheet nicely. (I actually use a big casserole dish everytime. Easy to stir the granola during baking.)
  • In a large bowl, mix the oats, oat bran, and nuts together.
  • In another bowl, mix the oil, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, milk power and salt. Or pour everything in a food processor.
  • Pour the gooey wet mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir and coat nicely.
  • Transfer it onto a baking tray or dish in an even layer.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Give it a stir and rotate the tray/dish. Cook for another 15 minutes. Stir and rotate again and cook for a further 5 minutes. The granola should look golden brown now.
  • Take it out of the oven and give it a light stir and leave to cool. Add the raisons when it's completely cool.

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