5.02.2010

tasty toes, yogourt, and granola recipe

Is is just me, or are baby toes meant to be nibbled? I can't believe that these little feet are over 5 weeks old already. Wild! Check out the little sausage chubs. Mmmmmm.
Speaking of 'Mmmmm', my yogourt turned out perfectly!
I more or less followed the instructions over at J Casa Handmade, (one of my favourite blogs for awhile now, incidentally) with a few minor changes. I highly recommend reading the comments on that post - there are some helpful suggestions. I used an instant read thermometer and brought the temperature down to about 108 before adding the yogourt starter. I accidentally boiled the milk (funnily enough, it was because I was updating my facebook status to say that I was making yogourt, and by the time I got back to the kitchen, it was boiling. Oops! It didn't seem to make any difference.) I popped it into my enameled cast iron lidded pot, and tucked it into the oven overnight with the light on to keep it toasty, and in the morning, it was beautifully yogourty. I strained it in cheesecloth to get it nice and thick, and it was only after I had dumped a bunch of whey down the sink that I read that it was whey, and it's apparently great to use in place of water in bread or other dough. Who knew? That's totally what I'm going to do with it next time. Also, next time I won't strain it for quite as long, and might add a bit of honey before the bacteria growth part takes place. And there will definitely be a next time - it is delicious.
Maple syrup, homemade granola, and homemade yogourt? I don't think you can top that. Speaking of homemade granola, I've accidentally created the most delicious granola, ever. Here's the very vague 'recipe':

Nutty Granola (you know, because I'm nutty)

a bunch of old fashioned oats
a bunch of raw almonds
a bunch of pecan pieces
brown rice syrup
cooking oil of your choice (I used sunflower because Adam can eat it)
sweetened dried cranberries

Try to make sure that you have a nice balance of nuts to oats - I like mine really nutty. Which is bizarre, because in just about any other context, I will definitely choose the non-nut option. I think it's the fattiness of the pecans that make this combo so incredible. The only brown rice syrup I've been able to find around here is organic Knudsen's, at our health food store. It makes the granola clump together well, and of course, adds sweetness.

Mix together oats, almonds, and pecans. Add enough oil so that you don't see the oat powder. Add in a good gob of brown rice syrup, and mix really well. Bake on cookie sheets at 325 for 30-45 minutes or so, depending on how much is on your pan, stirring every now and then, until it's done. After it's cooled, add in a hefty helping of cranberries, and mix well. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

I hope that you're having a perfect weekend.

4 comments:

  1. Yum, yours looks thicker than mine. I didn't have any cheesecloth and I went out today looking for some but could not find it. Where did you get yours. Also, do you wash the cheesecloth or is it a one-time use thing? I've not used it before so sorry for the dumb questions!! I'm super excited about this yogurt making thing!!

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  2. Baby toes are definitely meant for nibbling! I miss those baby toes; my guys have stinky feet now with the onset of puberty. LOL!

    I have a yogurt maker (which is really an incubator as I still have to heat the milk myself and add the starter at the right temp), but I don't use yogurt nearly as much as I should. Thanks for the granola recipe! I'll have to try that. I don't like buying boxed cereals.

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  3. Wool Fairy - it's so funny that you asked that about the cheesecloth, because I was seriously conflicted about what to do with it after I used it to strain the yogourt! I had cut this piece, though, and the edges were fraying a lot, shedding little bits, so I decided to toss it rather than wash it. I just bought No Name brand at the Superstore - it was awhile ago, but I'm guessing that they still carry it. I think they usually have it with the kitchen tools and gadgets. Mine was almost too thick - a couple of hours would do the trick, but mine sat for most of the morning. I'm so glad that someone else is as excited about yogourt as I am!

    Teresa - I'll enjoy the tasty toes while they're still tasty! Happy granola-making!

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  4. The toes. The toes. So so so cute. It's bad that my ovaries are thumping now right? =)) You've completely inspired me to try my hand at making yogurt now!

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