12 July 2013

poppy seed, pistachio & pecan granola.

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Ok, so this is pretty much the best granola I have ever had/made. I was up one hot night, mindlessly searching the internet because I couldn't fall asleep. Then I stumbled upon this recipe. Poppy seed granola. I thought it sounded interesting. I didn't know what to expect. Maybe it would be good. So I saw that I had all the ingredients and decided to whip up a batch. And I am so glad I did. It is crunchy, not too sweet and has a buttery taste. Make this. Now. Seriously. I just substituted in whatever nuts I had on hand, so feel free to do the same. 



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I just got back from the long weekend with my Dad on our little road trip. Well I don't know if a 14 hour drive one way is considered little but we went to Idaho and back within just a few days. And coming back to work on Tuesday, I came back to the news that the other baker has put in her two weeks notice. So soon I will be left as the only baker. I found myself in this same situation last year. It took us what it seemed like months to find a replacement. Hopefully it won't take that long this time. I don't think I can handle that much overtime. So if any bakers are in the Napa area....


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I also threw in some photos of some plums that were on the tree in my front yard. I picked tons down from the tree and was trying to decide what to do with them. Once I finally decided to make some sorbet, I went into the task of depitting them all. Only to find out that they weren't really any good. They were watery, really really watery. So much so that the flesh didn't really taste of anything and they just smashed to bits once I tried to get the pit out. So I ended up just giving them away, to be eaten by a cluster of backyard chickens.



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Poppy Seed, Pistachio & Pecan Granola.
adapted from Food and Wine

180g rolled oats
64g chopped pecans
64g pistachios
78g AP Flour
100g brown sugar
2 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tbsp salt
114g butter
127g honey

Oven 300F.

Combine oats, pecans, pistachios, flour, sugar, poppy seeds & salt together in a large bowl. Stir till well mixed.
In a small saucepan, heat butter & honey until just boiling. Pour over mix & toss until combined.

Spread onto a parchment lined sheet tray. Bake for around 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Should be lightly golden. 
Then turn the oven off, leaving the tray in & the door halfway open. Stir every 10 minutes until completely cooled and crisp.




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I've gotten a few emails lately about why I list the recipes in grams and not cups. Well, its because thats the way I bake everything. At work everything is always in grams and it's just so much easier and makes sense to me. Its a more precise way to bake, no doubting whether you packed the brown sugar in the cup too much or too little, forget what cup count you are on, etc.
It's just logical to me and I really recommend you use it too. Kitchen scales are way cheap, mine cost me only about 20 dollars and I've never had a problem with it. If you want to convert any of the recipes I use to cups, THIS website I have always found really handy. :)


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16 comments:

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

This sounds so lovely! Homemade granola is perfect for summer to beat the heat. I need to get on this!

Renee said...

This is on my must make this weekend list! I'm a baker too, and I know how crazy it can me running the whole show solo. Good luck!

thecitygourmand said...

The definition of the perfect breakfast...

Sarah said...

Yum, I love poppy seeds, this granola sounds awesome. And I always cook in grams - so much easier not to make a mistake they way!

Laura@bakinginpyjamas said...

I love granola and this one sounds really good. Saved recipe for future granola making.

Sue/the view from great island said...

Too bad about the plums, I was already getting interested in the sorbet! The granola is a nice compensation, though!

Marie said...

This sounds wonderful! And I love your photos.

Christina Lasalle said...

This looks amazing! Love how butter the butter gives that savory flavor

Flirty Foodie said...

Hi Julie, Living between the US/Italy I'm always going between measurements in grams and cups. Especially since I have great recipes and cookbooks in both units. It's true grams are so much more precise... but cups are really so much easier... lol. For the moment on my blog, I'm trying to remember to put both.

Southern Spoon Belle said...

*Just* bought pistachios on sale this week to change up our regular granola this recipe. This combo looks great, thanks for the inspiration (and gorgeous photos, as always, love your blog).

thoroughlynourishedlife.com said...

Oh my this granola looks delicious! I will have to replace the oats with quinoa flakes or rolled rice (GF oats not available where I live) but the poppy seeds and the pistachios and the honey - oh I don't know how much of it will survive long enough to make it into a jar!
Beautiful photos as always, and I wish I lived in Napa - I'd be your baking buddy in a heart beat!

Alanna said...

This granola sounds delicious, and the photos are spectacular! We have homemade granola almost every morning during the summer, and I'm planning to try this recipe next. I love the flavor of poppy seeds, and I don't use them enough.

A friend of mine also has a giant, prolific yellow plum tree in his yard that produces plums that taste like nothing. Maybe it's the same variety? What a drag! Regardless, those photos are BEAUTIFUL!

Mischelle said...

I've been using your recipe few times and changing the ingredients, works all the time! Thank you for sharing this! :)

emily {halfgalleykitchen} said...

I was searching for a pistachio granola and I think this one definitely fits the bill!
I was also hoping you might be able to tell me the font used in the first photograph?
Photos are stunning by the way!

emily {halfgalleykitchen} said...

I was searching for a pistachio granola and I think this one definitely fits the bill!
I was also hoping you might be able to tell me the font used in the first photograph?
Photos are stunning by the way!

emily {halfgalleykitchen} said...

I was searching for a pistachio granola and I think this one definitely fits the bill!
I was also hoping you might be able to tell me the font used in the first photograph?
Photos are stunning by the way!