All things southern is the line my daughter uses on her posts from Houston Texas.  Yes, my Cali girl is now a transplanted Texan, hopefully only temporarily.  She is finishing her 1st year at Rice University and loving it. I now have a vested interest in Texas, which means when I visit her, where and what do we eat?!  A pleasant surprise, Houston has great food….very diverse, Tex-Mex, great Pho, fusion, taco trucks, you name it, Houston has it.   Check out the article on the Houston food scene in the Washington Post, Best Food Cities in America.

DSC02416I started following the blog, The Homesick Texan, a couple of years ago (hmm portent of things to come?).  A transplant to New York City, the author takes us on a culinary tour of her home state, great recipes and entertaining writing has led to 2 cookbooks and quite a few followers.  She waxed poetically in her blog about her Uncle Austin’s Granola and I was happy to find what I thought was the same recipe in her 2nd book but in a smaller quantity.  The intro in her book once again described Uncle Austin’s granola and how the difference might be the love he puts in his granola, yadayadayada.  Confused by the different proportions of the ingredients between the 2 recipes I sent an e-mail to her.  Her response was “the recipes are different because they’re different recipes” end of response.  Ok, my bad, your intro led me to believe it was the same recipe, I see she has adopted a “New York attitude” despite being a Homesick Texan.  Anyways, regarding the granola recipe in her book, its ok.   The amount of oil and honey creates a very wet mixture, during baking I lowered the temp to 325 in order to dry the granola without it browning too much. Maybe Uncle Austin’s Granola in her blog is better but I think I will  stick to my go-to granola recipe, Jules’s Granola, try it, I think you’ll like it.  It’s great sprinkled on top of yogurt and fresh berries.  Its also great alone, hand to mouth toss, but in this world of transparency….gotta tell ya, granola is high in calories, so be judicious…if you’re skipping that burger lunch, have at it, but if not, go easy!

Jules's Granola

Ingredients

  • Jules's Granola
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup, 1 T honey
  • 4 t vanilla
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 5 cups old fashioned oatmeal
  • 2 cups nuts ( I use pecans and/or almonds)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 cups dried fruits- tropical medley works, cranberries, mango, pineapple, blueberries
  • Variations:
  • Add 1-2 T powdered milk, substitute coconut oil or butter for vegetable oil, up to 1/4 cup, max.

Instructions

  • Mix first 5 ingredients and powdered milk if using, then add oatmeal, nuts and coconut flakes. Mix well and spread on lipped baking sheet lined with a silicon mat or parchment paper. Press down firmly to compress mixture. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes. Remove from oven for 10 minutes, bake again for another 10 minutes. Mixture should be golden brown. Let cool in pan. Add dried fruit and store in an airtight container.
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