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Monday, June 18, 2012

Granola Bar


Ingredients:

Cornflakes, crushed - 1 cup
Oats - 1 cup
Pecans/Walnuts, chopped - 1/4 cup
Pistas, chopped - 1/4 cup
Almonds, chopped - 1/4 cup
Melon Seeds - 2 1/2 tbsps
Raisins - 3 tbsps
Cinnamon Powder - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1 1/4 cups
Ghee for greasing


Method:

  1. Dry roast oats, pecans, pistas, almonds and melon seeds separately until it gives out a nice aroma. Take care not to over roast or charr them.
  2. Let it cool down.
  3. Mix together oats, pecans, pistas, almonds, melon seeds, raisins and cornflakes in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Generously grease a marble/granite surface, a rolling pin and a knife.
  5. Take sugar in a flat bottomed pan, evenly spread in the pan. Keep the pan on medium flame.
  6. Let the sugar caramelize - when the sugar starts browning in the edge of the pan, stir the sugar.
  7. Keep stirring until the sugar melts completely and the liquid is light brown in color.
  8. Turn off the heat immediately. This liquid, called the sugar caramel, will solidify quickly, hence need to be very quick in mixing the ingredients now.
  9. Add cinnamon powder. Mix well.
  10. Add all the mixed ingredients in Step 3. Mix well.
  11. Pour it on a greased surface and spread it into a rectangular/square shape, evenly, using a rolling pin.
  12. Immediately cut into rectangular shaped bars.
  13. Separate the bars, even out the edges if required.
  14. Once cooled, store in airtight containers.
Important Note: Once the sugar caramelizes, all the remaining steps must be done very quickly as the mixture solidifies very fast.

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