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There’s still time to make some Christmas granola…

Recently, whilst flicking through one of my Mum’s food magazines a recipe for Christmas granola jumped out at me. I whipped up a batch last weekend and was really pleased with the jewel-like, crunchy, delicious outcome…

It’ll take pride of place in the homemade hampers that I’m gifting my family members with this year along with the caramelised red onion chutney and balsamic pickled shallots, which I’ve blogged recently.

All you need to make about 2 litres of the stuff…

500g rolled oats

1 x 90g pack sunflower seeds

1 tsp ground cinnamon

3 tsp ground allspice

150g maple syrup

100g light brown sugar

300g mixed nuts, roughly chopped

750g mixed dried fruit, roughly chopped (I used dates, apricots, sultanas and these amazing crimson raisins, which I found in Sainsburys)

100g dessicated coconut

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. 

Put all of the ingredients except for the dried fruit and coconut into a large bowl and get your hands dirty mixing it all together and making sure that everything is coated in syrupy, sugary, spicy goodness.

Pour the mixture out onto 2 to 3 baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes. The added bonus is that it’ll make your kitchen smell absolutely divine. When the time’s up, take the trays out and shake them up, turning the mixture over before popping back in the oven for another 10 minutes.

Whilst the oaty mixture is in the oven you can mix the dried fruits and coconut together in a bowl ready for later.

Remove your granola from the oven and leave it to cool…

Then simply mix everything together and decant it into pretty jars…

Use your artistic license to cover the lids and/or add labels…

Easy as pie…or granola!

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Brunch with Jordans…granola legend not glamour model!

My weekend started wonderfully with an invitation to a brunch hosted by Jordans Cereal and the lovely Uyen (Leluu of Fernandez and Leluu Supper Club fame). Jordans have been making muesli and granola from their mill in Biggleswade since the 70’s and have been in the milling trade for 150 years so they definitely know their stuff! I have very fond childhood memories of staying overnight at my Granny and Grandad’s house. As a special treat we were allowed a bowl of Grandad’s Jordans granola for breakfast…clusters of delicious crunchy cereal that’d make your jaw ache if you were greedy enough to overfill your bowl (which I always was)!

The favourite part of my day is the quiet time that I spend eating my bowl of muesli and gazing out of the window before kick starting myself into action and heading to work! I’ve tried many different varieties of muesli, and by coincidence, can honestly say that my favourite by far is Jordans Fruit and Nut…

The reason that the team from Jordans and Wildcard had invited us to this event was to launch their new Creations Oat Granola range in baked apple with a hint of cinnamon and juicy cranberry and golden honey…

We sampled them both whilst sipping prosecco and listening to how the new range had come about and a bit more of the thinking behind it. As with all Jordans cereals, the creations range doesn’t contain anything artificial and is sweetened using only honey. I can honestly say that they were delicious! My favourite was the juicy cranberry and golden honey. There was no shortage of juicy fruit and it appealed to my sweet tooth without feeling unhealthy…

My competitve streak was also spurred into action when we were invited to take part in the search for the next flavour to join the Creations range. Bowls of tasters were placed on the table for inspiration…

I cogetated and deliberated over a bowl of delicious dates…I’m so addicted to them!

At first the possibilities seemed endless but actually whittling it down and deciding what would be a winning combination was pretty tricky. I kept thinking of date and walnut but then thought back to some biscotti I’d made recently and decided that coffee and walnut granola would work really well! It’s a classic combination used in baking and in my eyes a match made in heaven. I’m sure it’s never been done as a cereal before.

Also having just made my first ever rhubarb bakewell tart, I think almond and rhubarb granola would be a great combo too!The tartness of the rhubarb offset against the lightly toasted honeyed oats and crisp almond mmmm…

My wildcard (forgive the pun), if a little risky, would be a mango and chilli chocolate variety…but maybe that’s just a step too far! 🙂

With all this creative inventiveness and talk of food I’d worked up a bit of an appetite, thank goodness, as Uyen had prepared a vast brunch for us…

She’d also made an amazing lobster and pomegranate salad with a passionfruit, lime and honey dressing…

Tomato, caramelised onion, goats cheese and rosemary tart…

Smoked salmon and creamy scrambled eggs…

and if that wasn’t enough to have us unbuttoning our waistbands, we finished off with orange and vodka panna cotta with a strawberry and blueberry sauce…I was in dessert heaven!…

I had to rush off, as quickly as my brunch belly would allow, as I was heading out of town for the weekend but not before being presented with a gift of the cutest wicker picnic hamper filled with Jordans goodies…

I think all weekends should start this way! and I’ve now got enough Jordans cereal to last me a very long while…it’s a hard life 😉

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