Monday, October 24, 2011


I made  my summer granola  in early July before we went on vacation. I used the last scoop in my oatmeal this morning which means it was time to make fall granola. The base is the same the ad ins are a little different. I sweetened my summer granola with honey and this fall version with maple syrup.
4 cups old fashioned oatmeal
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
2tbs sesame seeds
2tbs sunflower seeds
1/2 cup coconut
mix in a large bowl
in a 2 cup measuring cup mix 
2/3 cup canola oil
1/2cup maple syrup
1/4 cup apple cider
mix the wet ingredients well and then mix into the bowl of dry ingredients 
mix very well so that all is coated and slightly damp.
Pour onto a large sheet pan (lined with a silicone bakers mat or nonstick foil)
Bake at 325 for about 1hour  turning every 15 minutes.  It is very important to keep turning the granola from the center to the edges so as not to burn the edges.
while this is cooking mix
 1cup craisins 
1 cup small diced dried apples
1/2 cup brown sugar
when the granola  comes out of the oven sprinkle the fruit and sugar combo onto the granola before it cools
so the sugar melts and the fruit will soften a little and then cool  completely before storing in a jar with a tight seal.
My house smells wonderful...........

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Apple Challah

This is a bread I only do in apple season when the apples are the freshest. I like to bake with the whitest of cortland apples.
(done in my bread machine or kitchenAid  mixer)
1/3 C water
1/4C apple juice or cider
1/2  tsp salt
2 eggs
3C bread flour
2tsp instant yeast
2tbs honey
3tbs butter
1tbs instant yeast

When dough has risen once ....

Chop 2 medium apples and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
(you do not need to peel the apples )

flatten dough into a rough rectangle and spread half of the apples on one side. fold over the edge and repeat on the other side.

you will now bake this at 350 for about 25-35 min.

of course the next thing is to wait for this to cool....

Then eat!