Sunday, January 5, 2014

Bow to Me Granola

I had a bad hankering for yogurt and granola for breakfast, problem is we've been furloughed $$ and we now have 2 kids in daycare $$$$$$$$$$$$$$.  And granola is so damned expensive!

The following recipe was aggregated from several found online.

Costco members will reap the benefits of buying many of these items to have on hand.

Heat oven to 300 degrees.

Mix together in a large bowl:
-4.5 cups oats
-1/4 cups of brown sugar
-Hand full of sliced almonds or coconut
-smaller hand full of flaxseeds
-1 tsp cinnamon

If you are a daredevil - try a couple of sprinkles of cayenne pepper

In a separate smaller bowl whisk together:
-1/2 cup honey
-1/3 vegetable oil
-1 tablespoon vanilla

Pour wet into dry.  Mix.
Place into a 9x13 glass or metal pan
Put it in the oven for 15 minutes.  Stir.

-Add large handful of raisins or other dried fruit.  
Put it back in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes.  

Let cool to warm and put in serving size containers.  

DONE and yum bitches!

Dumbfounded Yogurt in the Damned Crockpot Recipe

Yogurt is pricey and is always too sweet for me.  Also, store bought yogurt is sour or tart.
Yogurt is fermented milk.  But, the bacteria in yogurt makes cows milk digestible with little consequence.

I decided to make my own..

DIY YOGURT in the Crockpot!!!!

How hard could it be?  Scouring the web, I found many yogurt fails and fixes. And people who desperately need advice and advisers who affirm quirky techniques that are a must for an A+ yogurt.  There are yogurt making appliances and appliance sanitizing solutions to purchase.

Lucky for you, the Hasty Domestic's test kitchen has spent the last 2 years (it's been that long since my last post) perfecting the simplest recipe just in time for the new year resolutions to eat better.  This yogurt is creamy not tart. 

You need:
4-8oz of yogurt, plain is best, and this one time I used raspberry -- THINKING it was plain... My next few batches had the faintest taste of raspberry for a little while.
Bath towel
OPTIONAL: Frozen Berries and Granola:  Bow to Me Granola Recipe

------------Isn't this everything you already have at home?  And to think of the money you burned on yogurt that you could have spent on something better like lottery tickets.--------------------

Step 1:  Pour 1 half gallon of milk into your crockpot.

Step 2:  Turn it on high for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Step 3:  Take it out of the heating element and place the lid on sideways to cool for 30 minutes.

Step 4:   Stir in 4-8oz of yogurt.  This has the live cultures in it that will we will incubate to make more!

Step 5:  Put the lid back on correctly, wrap the pot in your least favorite bath towel.
Step 6:  Put the wrapped pot into a COOL oven over night.  *if the oven is warm or has been used that evening your will have something that's not quite cottage cheese.

When you create your first batch, reserve 1/2 cup for the next batch.