Crunchy Granola, see She is So…

“It’s not the destination, its the journey.” 
“You’ll never know unless you try.”
“Ask not what your (rasberry granola bars) can do for you, but what you can do for your (rasberry granola bars)!”

Noble all but in the case of these:

        

Granola Bars, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

None more fitting than:
“Remember, you are alone in the kitchen and nobody can see you.”-Julia Child 

Or, more importantly, no one can be forced to eat what comes out of the oven.

Back to the photograph above.  Isn’t that natural light gorgeous!  (I secretly love my kitchen just for the light it gets.)  Alright, that’s right about where the beauty of these puppies ends. 

In the photograph we see the ingredients already mixed together with the binding agent of canola oil and rasberry jelly, placed on a cookie tray and ready to go into the pre-heated oven.

 I would recommend NOT using a cookie tray but instead going out and getting yourself a real BAKING tray.  Uh, duh, Beavis….baking trays are for baking while cookie trays are….for cookies.  (The rasberry bars tended to burn around the edges more and also, forming their shape was made more difficult without having the edge–ha, ha…edge get it? (You people are so lacking in a sense of humor)–that a baking pan provides.)

Here’s what the recipe took:

2 cups granola
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup rasberry preserves or jam
1/2 cup canola oil (yikes! this is a lot of oil) 
1/4 cup honey

Mix this adding the oil as you go:

         

Granola Bars, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

After you’ve preheated the oven to 350 degrees, insert for about 10 minutes:

         

Granola Bars, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

…or at least that’s what the recipe s a i d  to  do….What I got though was what you see above (see above).  A galloupy mess of burnt rasberry jam with clumps of the good stuff (or good for you stuff as the case may be for those with cholesterol issues, the oatmeal does wonders) and crispy raisins.  Blech!  This one went right into the trash.

So…..try:
1) use a baking pan (a-ha! these really aren’t cookies are they?!)
2) check your actual oven temperature with an oven thermometer against what your readout dial states the temp. is
3) check bars after 5 minutes (yep, take 5 people!)

These bars were Crunchy squishy disasters.  Well, as The Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy would say: “There is no emoticon for what I am feeling!” 

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One response to “Crunchy Granola, see She is So…

  1. Granola-ie New Englander

    The first time I made granola, I also made the mistake of baking the raisins. Not the best idea. In the oven, they expanded almost back to their original grape size. Within 5 min of coming out, they shrunk back down and turned into crunchy, bitter, sticking-to-your-teeth pellets of burned fruit. Really not tasty.

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