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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Cherry Almond Granola

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When SMS was still pretty new, we made Melissa Murphy's Granola Breakfast Cookies.  When I made this granola for those cookies, I scaled the recipe down considerably and made quite a few substitutions.  This time around, I stuck to Melissa's original recipe much more closely.  I only left out the dates, and I added a little bit of flaxseed (about 1/2 cup).

It was hot here in Florida yesterday.  Since it was really too hot to be outside, we tried to stay indoors most of the day.  But for those few minutes that we were outside, it felt like we were standing inside a preheated oven.  There was no breeze, not even a slight one so all we could feel was the heat.  Whew!  But if you took a step inside my house, you'd think it was the middle of fall judging by the smell coming out of the kitchen.  The Granola with ginger, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves, maple syrup and honey browning slowly in the oven let out the most delicious autumny smell.  I wish I could have taken a picture of the smell!  And the taste of the final product was delicious, too.  Not too sweet, and not too spicy.

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Thanks so much for picking this recipe and hosting this week, Wendy!  I'm sure the recipients of my little granola gift packages will want to thank you!  Check out Wendy's blog, Pink Stripes, for the recipe.  And click here to see the list of this week's SMS participants.

13 comments:

Cristine said...

Your granola looks great!

Candy Girl said...

Looks great! I would love to be the recipient of one of your bags of granola!

Shandy said...

Wouldn't that be just perfect; gathering the best kitchen baking aromas for keepsakes? I would enjoy having a few from my Mom's breadbaking days!

LOVE your granola pictures! I know your friends are going to just "love" getting this as a present. I may borrow your idea and do the same. I have oodles of granola left (not that I am complaining; I love this recipe).

therookiebaker said...

Looks fantastic! I'm sure the recipients of this granola will truly love it.

Julie said...

Beautiful granola. Anyone should be thrilled to get a pacakge of this!

Flourchild said...

I would love to be a recipient of your granola any day! I loved this recipe too!

Gloria said...

Your granola looks gorgeous! I know what you mean about capturing a smell! That's the the best thing about baking...the wonderful smell that fills up your house. :) I didn't bake along this week, but am very tempted after seeing everyone's posts!

rebecca said...

Your granola looks yummy. I know the granola goody bags will be a huge hit.

smalltownoven said...

I've never tried making my own granola before but I've recently been obsessed with granola and Greek yogurt for breakfast. I'll have to try this out. It looks delicious!

margot said...

Great job on the granola! It smelled so good while it was baking. This is really a perfect recipe to share with others; all my recipients have enjoyed their granola.

Eliana said...

your granola looks like it turned out absolutely perfect Stephanie :)

Tracey said...

I'm with you Stephanie - this one smelled really really good!! I don't eat a ton of granola but for some reason I really like making it and sharing with others. It makes for a perfect gift and yours looks awesome!

Lucie said...

Looks great--they must be delicious in the morning :) Or afternoon. Or anytime, really!

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