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Granola Bars

A Tray of Baked Granola Sliced Into Individual Bars
A Tray of Baked Granola Sliced Into Individual Bars
Delicious Homemade Granola Bars
Delicious Homemade Granola Bars
Delicious Tray Of Freshly Baked Granola Bars
Delicious Tray Of Freshly Baked Granola Bars

It’s probably apparent to anyone who has read this blog more than a few times, that I have a weakness for anything with oats or nuts in the ingredient list or any dish that can fall into the breakfast/ brunch spectrum- so making a tray of granola bars for this blog was an inevitability. These are ridiculously good. Now these are decadent granola bars… I don’t suggest eating them every morning for breakfast as they do contain butter, brown sugar and honey. However, the taste and texture is pretty unparalleled.

I think these would be brilliant to make some weekend for breakfast, or if calling to a friends for brunch, or even brining to work some morning if you are looking for brownie points. Or you can make a batch like me on a Sunday evening and eat three in quick succession. The choice is yours, however I do urge you to make these- they’re delicious.

Homemade Granola Bars
Homemade Granola Bars
Mix All Granola Bar Ingredients Together
Mix All Granola Bar Ingredients Together

Ingredients:

250g Jumbo Oats

50g Coconut Flakes

100g Dried Prunes (chopped)

50g seeds

200g chopped nuts (almonds and hazelnuts)

150g butter

175g soft brown sugar

100g honey

1. Melt the honey, sugar and butter in a large heavy bottomed pot until it’s liquid. Then stir in all other ingredients until totally combined and all the dry ingredients are coated.

2. Pour the mixture into a greased and lined brownie tin. Pop into an oven preheated to 180C for 40 minutes or until golden. Keep an eye on them throughout cooking and increase/decrease the temperature if necessary.

3. You must wait until totally cooled before slicing as otherwise the granola bars will crumble apart into crumbs. When cooled slice into rectangles and store in an airtight container for a few days.

Beautiful Nutty and Chewy Ingredients
Beautiful Nutty and Chewy Ingredients
Pat Down The Granola Bar Ingredients Into The Tray
Pat Down The Granola Bar Ingredients Into The Tray
Ready For The Oven
Ready For The Oven
Delicious Tray of Homemade Granola Bars
Delicious Tray of Homemade Granola Bars
Plate of Beautiful Granola Bars
Plate of Beautiful Granola Bars

Christmas Mincemeat

Delicious Mincemeat
Delicious Mincemeat
Colourful Ingredients
Colourful Ingredients

This weekend I decided to channel my inner Darina Allen (I wish) and start making all my sauces and preserves for Christmas. I know what you’re probably thinking (“get a hobby”), but anyway, that’s what I did! I decided to make the mincemeat now for the mincepies I’ll make over Christmas, and made four jars of really delicious mincemeat. I absolutely love mincepies, so I was quite happy to make this and give the usual Christmas recipe a bit of a twist.

This is really easy, it takes time (the time it takes to sit overnight and the cooking time) but apart from that the effort is minimal, just chuck some ingredients in a bowl and mix.

I decided to cut back on the raisins, sultanas etc in my mincemeat recipe and put in a nice big portion of dried cranberries and chopped dried prunes, which gave a delicious sweet taste and is different from the traditional stuff. It also gave a lovely bit of colour. I also threw in a nice big portion of chopped walnuts and almonds, mainly because I love them and tend to put them in most of my recipes but also because they give this recipe a nice little bite.

I hope you enjoy, this is seriously delicious if I do say so myself! I ate a good few spoons of it when it finally came out of the oven!

Ingredients:

300g mixed fruit and peel (mix of sultanas, raisins, currents and candied peel. I bought a bag of this mix from Shamrock rather than buying them all individually)

100g dried cranberries

150g chopped prunes

300g chopped apples (I used Cox’s)

60g finely chopped walnuts

60g finely chopped almonds

180g soft dark brown soft sugar

zest and juice of one large orange

zest and juice of one lemon

1 tsp cinnamon

3 tsp all spice/ mixed spice

1/2 nutmeg grated

125g butter (do not use margarine, it will ruin the flavour)

4 tbsp brandy (I used Hennessy’s)

 

1. Mix all ingredients together in a pot except for the brandy. Let it sit in the fridge overnight, this lets the flavours mingle.

2. Place in a an oven at 120C for 3 hours.

3. Take out of oven when done and when it has cooled add the brandy.

4. Put into clean, sterilised jars.

5. Enjoy in mincepies, little buns, pastries, mince slices etc!

Add Mixed Fruit and Peel
Add Mixed Fruit and Peel
Add Cranberries
Add Cranberries
Chop Prunes
Chop Prunes
Add in Brown Sugar
Add in Brown Sugar
Add Zest
Add Zest
Chop Nuts Finely
Chop Nuts Finely
Add Nuts and Spices
Add Nuts and Spices

 

Add Butter
Add Butter
Halfway Through Cooking
Halfway Through Cooking
 Cooked Mincemeat
Cooked Mincemeat

 

Christmas Mincemeat
Christmas Mincemeat