Sunday Brunch: Katharine’s Granola

March 27, 2011 § 1 Comment

I love Sunday brunch. LOVE it. During my last year of university I hosted a regular brunch in my apartment, potluck style, that was amazing because there are no hard and fast rules for brunch. You can eat pancakes or you can eat quiche, you can even incorporate booze with a quick mimosa, bloody Mary or screwdriver. The Joy of Cooking instructs: “The meal we call brunch is an easy one to prepare and a good way for beginners to practice their entertaining skills. Scones, muffins, bagels, and quick breads are perfectly acceptable. Brunch may be served buffet-style or may more closely resemble a casual light lunch.” Joy tells us to avoid complicated dishes such as individual omelets or eggs Benedict, but make-ahead dishes like quiche lorraine and frittatas are “understandable.” Ha.

Last weekend I had brunch with some friends and my friend Katharine served up this delicious homemade granola. I don’t usually like store-bought granola but this was fresh and buttery and perfect.

Katharine’s Almond Granola (adapted from Country Living’s “Country Mornings Cookbook,” 1989)

Makes 10 cups:
5 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup ground chia
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup blanched whole or slivered almonds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup melted butter
Melt the butter, honey and syrup together over heat and pour them over the dry ingredients, mixing well. Line a large, shallow pan with foil and spread the granola over it evenly, baking it for 30-40 minutes or until golden (at a preheated 300 degree oven). Stir every ten minutes to make sure it cooks evenly.
Make a compote by mixing frozen berries, ginger and sugar over heat to a boil, then brought it down to a simmer to thicken it. I used a ratio of about 1 cup of berries to 1 tbsp of sugar to 1 tsp of ginger, but that could easily be adapted to taste.
Grab some plain balkan style yogurt and mix with granola and compote. Mmm.

Photo: Katharine Snider McNair

Of course these were frozen berries but it’s such a nice day out today in Hamilton, it makes the delicious days of summer not seem so far away.

I always just hope that this healthier part of the brunch balances out my bacon consumption!

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