Granola

my appetite is nowhere near what it used to be prior to pregnancy but at least the intensity of smells and aversions have tapered off enough to make life liveable.  i no longer fear to walk from room to room and i don't need to hold a napkin or towel to my face anymore.  kevin is still the primary dinner cook but i'm slowly finding my way in the kitchen again.  

i made my very first batch of granola last week.  i snatched up a reputable recipe from a friend who works at a popular cafe and it turned out great!  the original recipe was massive, so i only ended up doing a quarter of the original amounts which still managed to make 4 baking sheets worth.


the first batch (two pans) began to burn before the given cook time.  thanks to my heightened sense of smell, i caught it burning 5 minutes prior to the set time.  i gave the batch a try and was pleasantly surprised that it was still totally edible.  i blame it on variation from oven to oven. 


the second batch, as you can see is slightly lighter in colour.  i set the time to 10 minutes at 300 instead of 15 minutes at 350 and was much more attentive to what was going on.  it was a lot of ingredients that i didn't want to waste!


i mixed the batches together and filled 2.5 large mason jars.  


did a trial with some dried cherries and another with local blueberries




we're almost done the batch.  
i'm excited to play around with this recipe and create a few more varieties!


xo







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