[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #000000;”] B efore I start waxing lyrical about today’s Granola, it’s the 6th of September, and that can only mean one thing! My giveaway celebrating my 100th post is now ready to dished out to the lucky winner. I’m taking a leaf out from Miss A’s book on Eat, Play, Love for this draw. I pondered doing some spreadsheet wizardry and random number generation, or even writing a little tool myself in C# which would do this all for, but then I thought – “Why?” The old way is by far the most fun!
My wife thought it was absolutely hilarious that I spent half an hour writing up the names and duplicate names on little squares of paper, folding each carefully twice and placing in a bowl, and as I’m a big believer in full transparency I’ve documented the steps below so you can see there’s no funny business going on, like “Oh, surprise, my wife is the Grand Prize Winner!” or “Harhar, I entered myself 100 times, site-owners prerogative!”. But seriously though, I enjoyed this giveaway a lot, so expect more of them in the future! 🙂
Everyone who’s left a comment on the original post is written down here, and the people who “Liked” FiveEuroFood on Facebook have two “tickets” as promised. Into the bowl they go, and so, after much rummaging through the bowl and gleeful giggling, to ensure that everything was well mixed I pull out the winning “ticket”.
The winner of the personalised kitchen knife will be… <can I get a drum-roll here?>
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Yep, that’s right folks! Join me in congratulating Sissi for winning my 100th post celebratory giveaway! Sissi, I’ll be in touch shortly by the email address you commented with to talk about delivery options and personalisation preferences and so forth! 🙂 Thank you everyone for taking part and I’m sorry everyone can’t win! For those who didn’t, stay tuned for future giveaways I’ll run here!
… and now on we go to the Granola.
Serves: Makes ~8 servings
Approx cost: €2
Approx calories (per Skorpa): ~200
Approx preparation time and cooking time: 1 hour
[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #800000;”] I ‘ve learned a lot since my last granola escapades. For one thing – break up the freaking lumps, you’re not making cookies here, Charles! Not only that, but hopefully this time you’ll find the pictures altogether more pleasing. I’m learning a lot so far from the book From Plate to Pixel. It seems that both myself and Kristy, from Eat, Play, Love got the book around the same time, so I’m sure she can also attest to the book’s awesomeness. For anyone who cares, I decided to start shooting exclusively in RAW format, as the book suggests, and also try and use my 50mm prime lens for all shots. Awesome bokkeh to be had at f.1.8 baby!
Anyway, where was I…? Oh yes – the granola. Last time, I made it with brown sugar… like, brown muscovado sugar – and honey. I decided to make a few adjustments this time. Golden Syrup and demerara sugar were on the agenda this time, yielding an altogether lighter taste. I made sure to really break down all the lumps, instead of having these giant pebbles of baked oats, like last time, and this time I added in some raisins, currants and goji berries before storing. The result? A pretty darn tasty granola which is just awesome with milk or yoghurt and a massive improvement on my last one. Oh, and in other news… I finally got a milk jug, you can see it in the picture above and at the bottom of this post… have you any idea how long I’ve been looking for a milk jug? You’d think IKEA would sell them, right? Apparently not :p
- 500g Rolled Oats
- 75g Butter
- 5 tbsps Demerara Sugar
- 1 dl Golden Syrup
- 0.75 dl Water
- 1 handful each of Raisins, Currants and Goji Berries
- Start by pre-heating your oven to ~150 degrees Celsius, and then melt the butter, sugar and Golden Syrup together in the pan with the water. Bring the mixture to the boil.
- Place the oats into a large mixing bowl and pour the butter mixture on top. Mix well until all oats are coated with the mixture.
- Transfer the oats into a large baking tray and push out as thinly as possible.
- Place the tray into the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes, removing from the oven every 10 minutes or so and breaking up any lumps, ensuring that it’s as fine as possible. Once the time is up and the granola is a nice golden brown colour remove from the oven and sprinkle the raisins, currants and goji berries over the hot granola. Allow to cool before transferring to an air-tight tin for storage. Eat with milk or yoghurt for a delicious breakfast and enjoy!