For the past several months I’ve been on a morning yogurt kick. I top 5% plain Fage yogurt with sliced strawberries and a scoop of granola. I’m obsessed with Healthy Dark Chocolate Granola, but how healthy can it be if one can’t stop eating it. I also love America's Test Kitchen’s Almond Granola with Dried Fruit, but with changes to make it similar in taste to the The Granola Factory’s Honey Pecan flavor.
Recently my son-in-law found a recipe for Brown Butter-Pecan Granola on the Bon Appétit Magazine website. The flavor profile of this granola is cranberry orange and, for my taste, a tad sweeter than the other granolas I make. For this recipe you’ll need unsalted butter, dark brown sugar, honey, vanilla, pecans, old-fashioned oats, raw pumpkin seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, finely grated orange zest, cinnamon, kosher salt and dried cranberries. (I omitted the pumpkin seeds.)
The first step in making this granola is to carefully brown the butter, which takes approximately 5-8 minutes. The pecans in this recipe are ground to almost a powder in a food processor. Depending on your preference, perhaps just a rough chop for a bit of texture. The proportion of old-fashioned oats (2 cups) to the honey and brown sugar (1/4 cup each) makes this granola taste a bit sweeter than my No-Stir Granola (5 cups old-fashioned oats and 1/3 cup each of honey or maple syrup and dark brown sugar). However, I do enjoy the cranberry orange flavor; it’s almost candy like.
I was going to suggest making granola as holiday gifts, however, with health officials recommending everyone bring their own food to Thanksgiving dinner....you can decide for yourself.
Brown Butter-Pecan Granola
By Cassandra Shupp of Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton, NY
Bon Appétit Magazine, April 2014 issue
Makes about 5 cups
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
¼ cup (packed) dark brown sugar
¼ cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup pecans
2 cups old-fashioned oats
½ cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup sweetened dried cranberries
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