We packed, we moved, we unpacked. We lost our Christmas mood somewhere in between, maybe among some of the bags and suitcases. We have had very little time for holiday gift lists and shopping. All we bought was on the internet. However, we found a little time and a lot of enjoyment in making some small presents for family and friends. Those were the first we packed. We gave up other things to make room in the car for these home-made gifts. To us, they meant something, something more than any other store-bought object. It had a strange and surreal effect on me seeing that your life can be packed in a small city car. But it worked, we moved from Christmas packs to pillows.
I made this granola from scratch for those in my family who like to eat cereals for breakfast. I wanted to makesomething special and different from what they could find in a normal food store –something that tasted like Christmas, a familiar flavor of the holidays. I chose to make it with many of the ingredients found in Panettone, the traditional Italian Christmas cake: raisins, candied citrus peel, orange and vanilla. A good and healthier alternative to a slice of Panettone for breakfast during the holidays, but without giving up its lovely, warming and festive flavor.
We kept some for us, too. We are going to have it for breakfast on Christmas, but also on the Eve, and on the day before, the 23rd. We are going to remember them all, but the latter especially. It will be our Wedding Breakfast.
This recipe makes for a rather healthy and low-fat granola. You can always play with it and create every time a different combination of ingredients (different grains, dried fruits and nuts). For a more substantial result, use oil of your choice or butter instead of water. If you don’t have maple syrup you can always use honey or agave syrup.If you and orange blossoms water are not friends, feel free to leave it out.
- 2 cups rolled oats1 cup rolled rye 1 cup rolled spelt
- 1/2 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup flaxseeds1/4 cup poppy seeds1 tsp grounded cinnamon4 tbsp maple syrup
- 4 tbsp water
- 1/8 tsp orange blossom water1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup rasins 1/2 cup chopped candied orange peelgrated zest of 1 orange
Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl combine first nine ingredients and place on a baking sheet. In a smaller bowl, combine maple syrup, water, vanilla and orange blossom water. Drizzle on top of the grain mixture and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, stir two or three times to avoid burning.Let your granola ingredients cool off before adding the dried fruit. Store it in a large jar or many small glass jars.
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