Grand Dad’s Granola

For our anniversary last month,
my husband ignored
our many budget restrictions
and spoiled me sick.
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There were cards
and packages
and bow-tied gifts
to open.
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Dinner and
dessert
and
a full afternoon
filled with a lounging lunch.

I got him a pack of 8 measuring tapes.
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IN MY DEFENSE:
The durned thing only cost 8 bucks.
And, we are on a budget.
AND, after all, he always finds it wickedly bothersome
when the kids play with his measuring tape in the tool shed.

That celebration
has given me to hosting
a guilty gratitude
for the fresh gift-giving start
Father’s Day offers me this year.
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You best believe
my good hubby
(and dad, stepdad, and father-in-law)
will be getting more than measuring tapes.
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Even if it does break the budget.

Grand Dad’s Granola
Looking for a baked good that can be custom-created to your dear old dad’s palate, while still offering a tasty, healthful treat? This granola is quick, simple and supremely fun to play around with. I’ve offered several flavor options below, but truly the combinatons are endless. Add whatever you think your papa will love, pop it all in a paint tin (those pictured were purchased from Jo-Ann), then pass it onto him with a kiss and a hug.
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GLAZE:
1/2 c. pure maple syrup
3/4 c. honey
1 tsp. molasses
1/4 c. granulated splenda or sugar
1/4 c. oil
In a large saucepan, combine above ingredients together and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 1 1/2 minutes, then remove from heat.
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ADD:
1 tsp. flavoring
Try vanilla, orange, butter, nut & butter, or cinnamon flavors.
I added almond flavoring and was afraid it would be overpowering.
Indeed, it was delicious.
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1-3 tsp. spices
Cinnamon, Cloves, Lemon or Orange Rind, Allspice, Ginger
Seeing as how my obsession with nutmeg rages on, I dabbed in 1 tsp of nutmeg & a pinch of cinnamon and didn’t regret it at all.
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COMBINE:
Pour glaze slowly over a LARGE bowl filled with following mixed ingredients.
(While pouring the glaze, don’t forget to stir obsessively to ensure even glazing.)
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13 oz. box of bran flakes or Wheaties
4 c. old-fashioned oats
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2 c. additional dry ingredients
Add in wheat germ or flax, chopped walnuts, pecans, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds or pepitas.
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PLUS:
2 c. additional sweet ingredients (optional)
I’ve recently rediscovered the joy of chopped dates. In the oven, they melt and combine with the granola to create lovely sweet bunches. Consider adding dried banana’s, mangoe’s or pineapple. If you would like to add dried cranberries, blueberries, or golden raisins, don’t include them in the mix. Just toss them in when the granola is pulled from the oven to keep them from hardening.
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COOK:
Spread coated granola mixture evenly across two cookie sheets. In an oven preheated to 225 degrees for 50 minutes. Stir every 10-15 minutes to make sure granola is evenly cooked. Just before removing from oven, turn heat up to 300 degrees and allow to cook for 5-7 minutes, or until mixture sizzles (but keep your sniffer on. You don’t want it to burn). Remove from heat (mixture will still be soft), allow to cool before sealing in bags (the granola should harden & crisp as it cools). Stores up to 2 weeks.
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SHIP:
CwaC Reader, Melissa, emailed a question last week about snail-mailing baked goods.
If you live away from your dad, and are interested in delivering him a box full of oven loving, this granola is a good, sturdy option. Here are a few other tips to keep in mind:
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Food with a higher fat/oil content have a longer shelf life. Sending lowfat treats isn’t nearly as successful as sending pure-oil or full-butter ones.
(2)
Look for a sturdy cookie or cookie bar. Cake & Cupcakes are a DELIGHT to recieve, but just aren’t study enough to be mailed (unless you purchase them through a company that specializes in delivery). I’d stay away from crumbly cookies like meringues and send some nice, fat basic cookies or bars. Or, something chewy like macaroons would hold up well to shipping.
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Wrap. Wrap. And wrap again. You can’t have the food too air tight, or too well padded. It’s worth the money to get them professionally packaged before shipping.
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Ship them fast. Though overnight shipping is quite expensive, the faster you can get your goods to their intended location, the better. I would definitely pay for 2-day service to ensure they arrive fresh & delectably edible.
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Here’s a few CwaC recipes that should hold up well to shipping:
Tiger Butter Bars
CwaC Signature Stamped Chocolate Chip Cookies
Olde-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies
Splediferous S’mores Cookies
Marbled Chocolate Fortune Cookies with Candy Cane Crust
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Just wait ‘til
your father gets home…
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16 Responses to “Grand Dad’s Granola”

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    Chablis on June 16, 2009 at 12:59 pm Reply

    Where have you been all my blogging life?!? Oh, this blog makes me so happy. You are simply delightful!!

    You can bet I'll be a regular from now on…hope ya' don't mind.

    Hurray!

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    mosey along on June 16, 2009 at 1:12 pm Reply

    I love granola. Granola loves me. We have at least 5 different kinds in the cereal cupboard. This will be joining it.
    (happy belated anniversary – your hubby sounds like a gem….)

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    Noah's Mommy on June 16, 2009 at 1:36 pm Reply

    the packaging is Fantastic…..

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    liz on June 16, 2009 at 2:16 pm Reply

    What a great gift! Reminds me of a time I walked into my friend's home, and she was making homemade granola for her husband for a gift. I think I might do this…

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    Little Miss Baker on June 16, 2009 at 7:39 pm Reply

    Oh I love your posts!! They make ME Happy!! They are so fun and fabulous :) and this recipe looks fab!

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    Soné on June 16, 2009 at 9:13 pm Reply

    hi i have just discoverd your most amazing blog and i would just like to let you know that I LOVE IT!
    I WAS ON A BLOG WHERE THEY HAD THE MOST AMAZING CHOCOLATE CAKE THAT YOU MADE APPARENTLY AND I AM TOTALLY AFTER IT? :)

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    Becki Madsen on June 17, 2009 at 6:23 am Reply

    Brooke, what a great idea, so cute and of course looks delightful! Thanks for always inspiring me!BTW I am loving your pictures!

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    april on June 17, 2009 at 6:57 am Reply

    Why do I love thee? Let me count the ways. First your photos are to die for. Second your food is to die for. And third, you just gave me an idea for the ever so hard to buy for father-in-law. Kiss kiss.

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    Jenny-Jenny on June 17, 2009 at 1:32 pm Reply

    Great idea! I can't wait to try it! My man loves granola and it will be fun to try a new recipe.

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    Jennifer on June 18, 2009 at 7:54 am Reply

    Happy belated anniversary, dear Cupcake!
    My hubby also makes a stellar homemade granola, and your recipe sounds just as scrumptious.

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    Phoenix on June 18, 2009 at 11:56 am Reply

    I am so in love with this blog — the fact that a) you create amazing recipes, which you totally share, b) you take incredible photos of how they turn out, and c) half the time you are baking for other people because you're just that cool.

    Totally sold. You're awesome.

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    mo on June 18, 2009 at 3:52 pm Reply

    I think a pack of eight measuring tapes so I never had to look for one again sounds pretty fantastic!

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    Grand Pooba on June 19, 2009 at 9:31 am Reply

    That's a great idea!

    Hey, don't feel bad about the measuring tapes. It's usually not too often that the husband out does the wifes on gifts! Enjoy it!

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    Michelle on June 19, 2009 at 8:57 pm Reply

    What a fantastic gift….and not just for Father's Day either!

    Thanks for sharing!!

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    Wanda on June 20, 2009 at 8:40 pm Reply

    Your blog is incredible! I wanted to lick my computer screen!

    Thank you for posting such great recipes….and pictures too!

    You're very talented, girl!

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    Linda at Lime in the Coconut! on June 21, 2009 at 1:22 pm Reply

    I'm in the loving your blog so much I could eat it with a spoon camp. Adorable!!

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