crunchy granola

well... there is two reasons why i seem do to everything myself lately. reson one: i need to save money. or: i only have ideas that cost money. like a new computer. like a trip to new york. like a new kitchen. the list goes on and on. reason two: i like to know whats in my food. its as simple as that. and since i have been eating loads of food that i do not only have no idea whats in it but also tastes like nothing (good morning everyone at the radio cafeteria...) i like to make things myself. like granola. i am not a big breakfast eater. a diet coke in the morning (everyone has a tic, right?) and i am ready to go. but i like a bowl of fruit with some youghurt thats topped with a handfull of crunchy granola.
the best thing about homemade granola is, that you can assemble it just the way you like it. add some dried apples, more pumpin seeds if you like - add a dash of vanilla or cinnamon. and then: all you need is a big bowl and and an oven. and here we go!


GRANOLA WITH HONEY (and a dash of vanilla)

makes about 1,2kg granola

400g rolled oats
50g wheat puffs
125g almonds, roughly chopped
100g sunflower seeds
100g pumpkin seeds
50g golden sesame seeds
1-2 tablespoons wheatgerm
125ml sunflower oil
325g honey (or about 250ml, whatever is easier to measure)
3 heaped tablespoons of sugar (brown sugar if you like, makes a richer taste)
scraped out seeds of 1 vanilla pod
60g dried apple, cut in very small cubes

preheat the oven to 150C°
in a big bowl mix the oats, puffs, almonds, all seeds and the wheatgerm.
put oil, honey, sugar, vanilla seeds and 125ml water in a small saucepan and - stiring constantly - bring just to the boil. pour over the mixture and mix very well.
if the mixture is too wet, add more oats - there should be no excess liquid at the bottom of the pan. when mixture is sticky, spread out on 2 lined baking sheets. reduce oven to 150C° and and bake for about 1.5 hours. its important to turn the granola frequently when in the oven as it can easily burn. when the granola is golden and crisp (make sure there are no wet bits!), turn the oven off and let dry overnight. this makes a wonderful crisp and dry cereal.

when cool and ready to eat, add the chopped dried apple and serve with milk or yoghurt and fruit.